This summer, I went to Austin for the annual Teachers Pay Teachers conference.
IT. WAS. AMAZING.
It was my third TPT conference. SOOO much has been improved since the very first conference in Vegas in 2014. I was able to meet some AMAZING teachers, make new friends, and reconnect with old friends. I learned a lot about color schemes in design, movie-making, and how to start my own podcast.
On the first day of conference, I met in a room with other people from my region for breakfast. I sat next to Lisa Goodell. She is a friendly SPED teacher who already has her own podcast! As we were chatting, she mentioned that she would like to have gen-ed teachers on her podcast. Knowing what a FANTASTIC help that would be for both SPED and gen-ed educators, I excitedly agreed to be a part of her episode.
Two days ago, Lisa and I were able to have a real talk conversation. Her podcast is Help From Special Educators. We talked about SPED students in a gen-Ed classroom setting. The topic of the episode is helping a new SPED teacher on the brink of getting their first teaching position. The questions are quite timely as I go back to school in a week. It really reminded me that communication between Special Education teachers and gen-ed teachers is so important to meet a student's needs best.
The episode "New Special Ed Teachers Answers:" is posted and ready for you to listen! Check it out here.
Sarah Magallano teaches 5th grade. She also coaches teachers on integrating art & engineering into their lesson plans.