I can imagine you reading this quote right now. “Pfft.” You probably chuckle to yourself, “Sorry Mr. Robbins, not sure if you ever stepped foot inside a special education classroom, but to say that all you need to do is be resourceful is frankly, a little insulting.” I can see you rolling your eyes thinking about highest grossing motivational speakers ever, who probably wears suits that costs as much as your entire ESY check, telling you that all you need is to be more resourceful. You’re no stranger to being frustrated by the lack of what is ready and available to your students, whether that be tangible items or simple techniques to be the most effective in your classroom.
Honestly, that whole paragraph could have easily been spoken by me 5 years ago. I get it.
I’m Liz, and it’s my passion to make the best of everything attainable to special education teachers so that they can make socially significant changes in the lives of their students. About 5 years in to my career, I found myself questioning whether everything I was doing in the classroom was right for my students with autism. There was so much that I didn’t know about data collection, behavior, and more that I knew was keeping me from being the type of teacher I wanted to be. On top of all that, I was working in a Title 1 school where we did not have money for anything extra. How the heck was I going to create a classroom especially for my students with little to no funds?
Well, I was resourceful. And that really has been my best resource.
I went back to school to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst so I could understand the science of behavior to better reach my students in the most effective way possible. I managed to beg and borrow to get everything I could possibly need to make sure my classroom was based on the needs of my students. The resources were there, I just needed a plan to get them!
On my blog, I offer realistic advice for special educators based on evidence-based practices and tried and true activities in my own classroom. I love explaining easy to implement ways to bring ABA in to any teacher’s classroom (and I am talking about way more than discrete trials and token economies!) I also offer resources from my own classroom on my Teachers Pay Teachers store that target behavior, social skills, functional academics, and more. I believe any special education teacher can make a difference with a little ingenuity and behavioral science.
My goal is to make these things easy and attainable to all special education teachers so that they also have the time for what is important to them and be the best versions of themselves in every facet of their lives. After all, the best resource you can give your students is everything that makes you uniquely YOU.
To start, I would like to share with you The Resource Vault, a collection of freebies to help you along the way. Sign up to my newsletter and you’ll be on your way.
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