99 episodes

Confused with how to write IEPs (Individualized Education Plans)? Not sure how to keep track of all the data? Tired of searching for the right behavior strategies to manage your special ed. classroom?

In this podcast, you will find methods to create IEP goals that students can reach, a system to collect data with your team, & know which behavior strategies will work best for your classroom. My mission is to help new sped teachers write IEPs with confidence, share ideas for classroom management, & know how to communicate to get the support you need.

If you are ready to finally walk into that IEP meeting feeling ready & know how to support your students to help them reach their full potential, you are in the right place!

Hey, I’m Michelle. A wife, mommy, and special education teacher. For years I struggled with doubting myself with writing IEPs, felt completely scattered with not knowing the right data to collect, & tried so many different behavior strategies that didn’t work for my students; which left me exhausted and no time for my own personal life.

I finally understood how to create IEPs for my student’s individual needs and learned how to collaborate with my paraprofessional, administrators, school psychologists, & parents! If I wanted to help reach my students’ full potential, I needed to equip myself with tools & strategies that will make the biggest impact on student success. And now I am ready to share that with you!

If you are ready to help make a difference with your students, to build a solid relationship & connection with them, & finally get the support and resources you need - this podcast is for you!

So grab that iced coffee, clipboard, and your favorite pen, it is time to get it started!

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STEPPING INTO SPECIAL EDUCATION, Special Education, SPED, Special Ed, Students with Disabilities, Classroom Management Michelle Vazquez, M.A.Ed., Special Education Teacher, Special Ed Teacher, IEP Writer, Special Education Teacher Coach

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Confused with how to write IEPs (Individualized Education Plans)? Not sure how to keep track of all the data? Tired of searching for the right behavior strategies to manage your special ed. classroom?

In this podcast, you will find methods to create IEP goals that students can reach, a system to collect data with your team, & know which behavior strategies will work best for your classroom. My mission is to help new sped teachers write IEPs with confidence, share ideas for classroom management, & know how to communicate to get the support you need.

If you are ready to finally walk into that IEP meeting feeling ready & know how to support your students to help them reach their full potential, you are in the right place!

Hey, I’m Michelle. A wife, mommy, and special education teacher. For years I struggled with doubting myself with writing IEPs, felt completely scattered with not knowing the right data to collect, & tried so many different behavior strategies that didn’t work for my students; which left me exhausted and no time for my own personal life.

I finally understood how to create IEPs for my student’s individual needs and learned how to collaborate with my paraprofessional, administrators, school psychologists, & parents! If I wanted to help reach my students’ full potential, I needed to equip myself with tools & strategies that will make the biggest impact on student success. And now I am ready to share that with you!

If you are ready to help make a difference with your students, to build a solid relationship & connection with them, & finally get the support and resources you need - this podcast is for you!

So grab that iced coffee, clipboard, and your favorite pen, it is time to get it started!

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/steppingintospecialed
Instagram: www.instagram.com/steppingintospecialed
Connect: steppingintospecialed@gmail.com

    98. Re Release Ep 36. Want Help with Behavior Strategies for Your Students with Special Needs The Top 5 Resources to Get the Behavior Support You NEED

    98. Re Release Ep 36. Want Help with Behavior Strategies for Your Students with Special Needs The Top 5 Resources to Get the Behavior Support You NEED

    Hey Sped Teacher,
    Are you struggling with behavior strategies for your students with special needs? Have you tried everything you can think of and aren’t sure what to try next?
    When we are struggling with behavior issues, it can feel like we have to find a solution on our own. But that is absolutely not the truth! We do not need to figure it out alone but we do need to know who to reach out to and where to go for support. In today’s episode, I am sharing my top go-to resources to help with behavior issues from your students with special needs to help you get the behavior support you need!
    Take Care,
    Michelle
    Resources mentioned:
    www.pbisworld.com
    IEP Success Method: IEP 101 Course Waitlist - Get on the list HERE! 
    Join the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY!
    Connect with Michelle Vazquez:
    Leave a 5 star review
    Download your FREE IEP Meeting Checklist HERE!
    Become an INSIDER & join the email list HERE!
    Follow on INSTAGRAM!
    Contact: steppingintospecialed@gmail.com

    • 14 min
    97. End of the Year Wrap-Up: My Special Ed Teacher Journey 2023-2024

    97. End of the Year Wrap-Up: My Special Ed Teacher Journey 2023-2024

    Hey Special Education Teacher,
    We made it to the end of another school year! But before we head into summer and start enjoying our time off, I’m taking some time to look back and reflect on this school year. I have found that taking this time to reflect has really helped me to grow in my career.
    One thing I love to do at the end of the school year is to think back over the year and appreciate some of the amazing accomplishments my students and I achieved while also acknowledging some areas I can grow in for the upcoming year. So join me today as I share my top three highlights of this year as well as the three areas I’d like to improve on for next year. I hope this episode inspires you to reflect back on your year and appreciate what you’ve accomplished as well!
    Take Care,
    Michelle
    Resources mentioned:
    Episode 88. 9 Tips on How to Lessen State Test Anxiety for Students with Special Needs!
    IEP Success Method: IEP 101 Course Waitlist - Get on the list HERE! 
    Join the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY!
    Connect with Michelle Vazquez:
    Leave a 5 star review
    Download your FREE IEP Meeting Checklist HERE!
    Become an INSIDER & join the email list HERE!
    Follow on INSTAGRAM!
    Contact: steppingintospecialed@gmail.com

    • 12 min
    96. Least Restrictive Environment: The Continuum of Special Education Services

    96. Least Restrictive Environment: The Continuum of Special Education Services

    Hey Special Ed Teacher,
    You know that having students in the least restrictive environment is the law but have you found yourself wondering what it really means? 
    If you’re like me, you probably learned about LRE in college but by the time you were in the classroom, you found it hard to remember all the details of the continuum of services. In today’s episode, I am sharing an overview of the ten different levels of supports a student with an eligibility can be placed on so you can be prepared when determining a student’s LRE.
    Take Care,
    Michelle
    Resources mentioned:
    IEP Success Method: IEP 101 Course Waitlist - Get on the list HERE! 
    Join the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY!
    Connect with Michelle Vazquez:
    Leave a 5 star review
    Download your FREE IEP Meeting Checklist HERE!
    Become an INSIDER & join the email list HERE!
    Follow on INSTAGRAM!
    Contact: steppingintospecialed@gmail.com

    • 12 min
    95. 4 Things I’m Already Planning for Next School Year as a Sped Teacher!

    95. 4 Things I’m Already Planning for Next School Year as a Sped Teacher!

    Hey Sped Teacher,
    Have you found yourself scrambling at the end of summer to get everything ready for the new school year? Are you ready to get a head start on the next school year so you don’t end up stressed again?
    We are all looking forward to resting and relaxing this summer! We definitely deserve it! But I’ve learned my lesson about waiting until the last minute to prepare for next school year. After a few years of waiting until the last minute to get things ready for the new school year, I decided I needed a new system that didn’t leave me scrambling. So although it seems far away, I am sharing the 4 things I’m doing to get ready for next school year to hopefully give you a head start on the new year as well!
    Take Care,
    Michelle
    Resources mentioned:
    The Power of Our Words By Paula Denton, EdD
    Check out Plum Paper planners
    IEP Success Method: IEP 101 Course Waitlist - Get on the list HERE! 
    Join the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY!
    Connect with Michelle Vazquez:
    Leave a 5 star review
    Download your FREE IEP Meeting Checklist HERE!
    Become an INSIDER & join the email list HERE!
    Follow on INSTAGRAM!
    Contact: steppingintospecialed@gmail.com
     
     

    • 10 min
    94. Want a Work & Home Life Balance? How I Get Work Done and Turn It Off as a Special Ed Teacher!

    94. Want a Work & Home Life Balance? How I Get Work Done and Turn It Off as a Special Ed Teacher!

    Hey Special Education Teacher,
    Are you looking to find a better work and home life balance? Are you convinced that staying late and taking work home is just the way it is for teachers?
    I spent several years staying after school for hours. I had no idea how to turn off work mode and felt like I had to do all the things! A few years down the road, I realized that I was not giving my family the attention they deserved and I needed to figure out how to get my work done at school and prioritize my life outside of school. If you find yourself struggling to find work-life balance, tune in as I share my tips for getting work done and turning off work mode once your work day is done!
    Take Care,
    Michelle
    Resources mentioned:
    Episode 11. Set up These 4 Simple Organizational Tools as a Special Education Teacher!
    Episode 56. Plan the Year with Me! How to Set-up Your Planner as a Special Education Teacher
    Check out Plum Paper planners
    IEP Success Method: IEP 101 Course Waitlist - Get on the list HERE! 
    Join the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY!
    Connect with Michelle Vazquez:
    Leave a 5 star review
    Download your FREE IEP Meeting Checklist HERE!
    Become an INSIDER & join the email list HERE!
    Follow on INSTAGRAM!
    Contact: steppingintospecialed@gmail.com

    • 17 min
    93. The 1 Thing I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Special Ed Teacher!

    93. The 1 Thing I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Special Ed Teacher!

    Hey Sped Teacher,
    Curious about what a veteran special education teacher wishes she knew before beginning her special education teaching journey? Do you wish you had insider knowledge before beginning your own journey as a special ed teacher?
    I’m sure I am not alone when I say that after getting some experience as a new special education teacher, I found myself thinking about all the things I wished I had known before because I guarantee I am not the only one who felt thrown right into it all feeling completely unprepared. So to help out all the new (and even veteran!) special education teachers, I am sharing the one thing I wish I knew before becoming a special education teacher.
    Take Care,
    Michelle
    Resources mentioned:
    IEP Success Method: IEP 101 Course Waitlist - Get on the list HERE! 
    Join the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY!
    Connect with Michelle Vazquez:
    Leave a 5 star review
    Download your FREE IEP Meeting Checklist HERE!
    Become an INSIDER & join the email list HERE!
    Follow on INSTAGRAM!
    Contact: steppingintospecialed@gmail.com

    • 11 min

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Triba Family ,

Episode 74 Data Binders

This is my plug for Michelle, you Go girl, YOU ROCK🪨 I absolutely love all the wonderful tips she shares for special educators to be successful. I have not been able to listen to episodes regularly since the school year began but now that it is January and we are more than halfway through our school year I find that I need the extra encouragement!! In one of her latest episodes, episode 74. One of Michelle’s tips was about organizing data. In this episode, she talks about creating data binders to keep on the shelf next to a three hole punch for her and the paraprofessionals working in her room to utilize as a tool to help collect an organize data. I can’t wait to try it out🤩As a first year Special Education Teacher, I need as much wisdom as I can get to learn how to be the best that I can be at my job. from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you, Michellle.

Let’s Unpack That w Alex&Grace ,

Warm, encouraging, and packed with helpful tips!

I absolutely LOVE the way Michelle delivers such helpful, practical tips based on her own real-life experiences and invaluable lessons learned - in such a genuine, caring, grace-filled way. You really sense just her authentic encouragement, and it’s like having a cheerleader or big sister pouring into you as you listen!!

Jenna.Lyle ,

Love it!

I will be a first year special education teacher in less than a month! Listening to this podcast has definitely helped me learn and feel more confident in myself as a teacher. I love the variety of topics and I feel that I learn something from each podcast.

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