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If you are a special education teacher, then you know that organization is key. Add these quick reference cheat sheets to your teaching binder and save time!

Special Education Acronyms

There are SO many different Acronyms. Has anyone ever figured out WHY?

Download this free cheat sheet and feel prepared for your upcoming IEP meetings.

Even better – share this blogpost with your general education teacher and IEP team members so everyone's on the same page!

There are two formats included – an one-page cheat sheet with the most commonly used acronyms and then the “big” one – three pages of special education terms plus room to add more.

These pages are great for printing at home or adding into your IEP meeting binder as a quick reference sheet.

Normal Bell Curve Visual for Sharing Results

The mean is zero and the standard deviation is 1, so a score of 100 isn't exactly what you think…um, WHAT? Raise your hand if you've ever stumbled your way through that conversation as your sharing assessment results at a child's IEP meeting. You can't see it, but both of my hands are raised. It's NOT easy.

If you've ever been there, this visual graph is a MUST HAVE cheat sheet. Laminate it, make it into a poster, keep it on your clipboard… whatever you need to do! Now you'll be able to SHOW versus only talk about scores.

Percentage Charts for Data Tracking

I feel like these cheat sheets would make an effective professional development for special education teachers! Whether you teach high school, math classes, or you're the art teacher – these percents-at-a-glance will save you time with data collection and grading. Print them out to use on a book ring or tuck the page into your teaching binder.


If you're anything like me, you're always looking for ways to save time and be more organized. One way to do this is by creating cheat sheets for your teaching binder. Having all of the information you need in one place can be a huge time saver, not to mention it will keep everything organized. There are a ton of different things you can include on your cheat sheet, from Behavior Management strategies to IEP goals and objectives. Basically, anything that you find yourself referring to on a regular basis can go on your cheat sheet.

Special Educators Cheat Sheets

Special Educators, what additional resources would you find useful?

If you're interested in more organization and references tools for special education services, specific learning disabilities, supporting inclusion students, and more – check out the Special Educators Resource Room bundle!

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I'm Jennifer!

I’m Jennifer and I was a special educator in the elementary school setting over the past decade. I entered the classroom every day dedicated to making learning inclusive AND engaging.

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