About Sarah Forst

Sarah Forst is a special education teacher and a Teach For America alum (Chicago '13). Visit her blog at: http://yearsthataskquestions.blogspot.com/

How to Make Your Own Classroom Resources

How to make your own classroom resources

Ever wonder how some of the teacher-created resources you find online look so professional? Are the quizzes and practice sheets you type up on Microsoft Word depressing you and your students? Or horror of horrors, have you found yourself writing out homework problems with a sharpie and then taking it directly to the copier?!

We’ve all been there, but trust me, there’s a better way. Here are four tips to get you started on making resources you’re proud of.

10 Daily Affirmations for Teachers

10 daily affirmations for teachers

As teachers, we encourage our students to have a growth mindset. We don’t accept it when they say, “I can’t do this,” or “I’m dumb.” We might even encourage them to use positive self-talk to calm themselves down or boost their confidence. But do you apply the same kind of growth mindset to your own teaching? Honest reflection can help you become a better teacher, but if you find yourself feeling resigned or disheartened, it’s time to embrace a growth mindset. Daily affirmations can help you stay calm and confident even when faced with a challenging student or rough day.

By |September 22nd, 2015|General Pop, Your Best Self|1 Comment|

7 Easy Accommodations for Students with ADHD

7 Easy Accommodations for Students with ADHD -- As a special education teacher, I work with a lot of little ones with ADHD or with typical ADHD behaviors. Often these students can be successful in a general education classroom with a few accommodations in place.

As a special education teacher, I work with a lot of little ones with ADHD or with typical ADHD behaviors. Often these students can be successful in a general education classroom with a few accommodations in place. I’ve used all of these accommodations in my own resource classroom and have helped general education teachers implement them in their own classrooms, too.

The key to providing successful accommodations is having clear expectations from the very start. It’s important not to use these accommodations to single out students in a negative way. I never use any as punishments, and I encourage students to let me know when they need them. Read on for seven accommodations for students with ADHD.

By |September 3rd, 2015|General Pop, Teaching Tips|8 Comments|