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Special Educator's Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal: Motivation, Inspiration, and Affirmation
     

Special Educator's Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal: Motivation, Inspiration, and Affirmation

by Beverley Holden Johns, Mary Zabolio McGrath
 

This user-friendly calendar and reflective journal offers daily organizational and professional support for novice and experienced special education teachers. Mary McGrath and Beverley Johns have chosen daily tips and monthly themes that relate directly to special educators' concerns, from keeping up with IEP deadlines to becoming stronger advocates for

Overview

This user-friendly calendar and reflective journal offers daily organizational and professional support for novice and experienced special education teachers. Mary McGrath and Beverley Johns have chosen daily tips and monthly themes that relate directly to special educators' concerns, from keeping up with IEP deadlines to becoming stronger advocates for students. Educators will find ample space for recording their own thoughts as they plan ahead, and for reflecting on events as they unfold.

The Special Educator's Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal covers the school year from August through July and includes topics such as:

  • Working effectively with parents
  • Building team rapport with staff
  • Writing and applying IEPs
  • Managing stress
  • Maintaining your ideals and energy

Editorial Reviews

Mary Beth Schafer
"I am in awe of the innovative, relevant, and incredible motivational ideas! This tool takes many of the most difficult and challenging areas of special education and provides strategies, guides, and daily reflections that educators need to continue or reignite the passion that called them to serve as special educators."
Beverly Levitt
"This calendar contains helpful hints that address all aspects of a teacher’s life. Where was this calendar when I graduated college?"
Sharonjoy A. Jackson
"Makes daily tasks easier to remember and complete. It also provides the important opportunity for teachers to assist students with special needsand allow them to progress as much as possible."
Sarup R. Mathur
"The authors highlight the importance of developing a habit of mind for special educators to make a note of their daily observations and reflections about a frustration experienced, a successful new idea they tried, or something new they learned or plan on learning. Teacher candidates, teachers, and teacher educators will find this tool extremely beneficial."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412965354
Publisher:
Corwin Press
Publication date:
12/16/2008
Pages:
152

Meet the Author

Mary Zabolio Mc Grath taught in the Bloomington, MN, public schools for 31 years, working as a classroom teacher, a demonstration teacher with the Project Read program, and as a special education teacher in the areas of learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and developmental delay. She has served as national secretary for the Council for Behavior Disorders and on the board of the Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children.

Mc Grath has written articles for educators, parents, caregivers, and the general public. In addition, she has authored/coauthored books on educational subjects.

Currently Mc Grath works as a professional speaker, working with schools, parents, and organizations to reflect on and improve the quality of career relationships and life transitions. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International.

Mc Grath has a doctorate from the University of Minnesota in educational administration, with collateral work in organizational communication. She earned a master's degree in educational psychology.

Beverley Holden Johns brings her 35 years of experience working with students with learning disabilities (LD) and/or behavioral disorders (EBD) within the public schools to her current post as learning and behavior consultant and an adjunct instructor for Mac Murray College, where she teaches the course on special education law, adaptations for the general education classroom, and EBD.

Johns is the lead author of ten books (and co-author of another) including Reduction of School Violence: Alternatives to Suspension, Techniques for Managing Verbally and Physically Aggressive Students, Surviving Internal Politics Within the School, Safe Schools, Teacher’s Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal, Effective Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Students with Disabilities and General Education: A Desktop Reference for School Personnel, Getting Behavioral Interventions Right, Preparing Test-Resistant Students for Assessments: A Staff Training Guide, The Ethical Educator, and Motivating the Unmotivated Student. She has written a workbook to accompany a video for paraprofessionals entitled The Paraprofessional’s Guide to Managing Student Behavior and over 40 articles. She is co-author with Janet Lerner of the seminal college LD textbook, the 11th edition of Learning Disabilities and Related Mild Disabilities, and they are currently working on a college textbook on Students with Special Needs in General Education: Practical Adaptations and Teaching Strategies.

She is the 2000 recipient of the CEC Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Council for Exceptional Children, Past International President (and current board member) of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, and the 2007 Recipient of the Romaine P. Mackie Leadership Service Award. Johns is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

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