Being a first year teacher is overwhelming! And even if you have been teaching for awhile and then move grades it is like being a first year teacher all over again. 
Here are some tips and ideas of things to consider if you start teaching ECSE.
1. How are you going to communicate with parents? 
We have a behavior calendar.
I also send weekly newsletters and use the Remind app to send out show and tell or half day reminders. 
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You can read more about how I keep parents informed here. 
2. Visuals. For this I would keep the visuals general and would not make a ton of stuff until you meet your students and know what they will need to be successful. 
Make visuals for you to wear and the same ones for your aids too. You can find a free set here.
Make a large visual schedule. 
Make classroom rules. 
3. Get to know your speech pathologist, social worker, OT and PT and how they work in your classroom. Will they be helping you prep or are you expected to have the items they are going to use ahead of time? How often will they be coming into the classroom?
Another important thing to speak to your speech pathologist about is what system of communication are you going to use? PECS, core vocabulary boards?
4. Establish clear expectations of your para-pro(s) and know what they are expected to do from your principal or supervisor.You can read about how I did that here. 
5. Mark the IEP and MET dates and review the students goals. Have a system that works for you to progress monitor these. 
6. Have some simple ready to go activities that you can grab and the students can do. For my kids they can do put in tasks or adapted books pretty independently. Some great put in tasks and easy sensory bottles can be found here. 
You can find adapted books here. 
7. Be ready to do things on the fly and be ready to be flexible. Things happen unexpectedly...a child has a melt down, there is an issue in the bathroom, the office calls, someone doesn't show up at their designated time. Breathe and have some short activities that the kids can do independently (put in tasks, adapted books, pull out the sensory tub) while you handle this. These small breaks are a great time to do a simple and quick core vocabulary activity. Have these items in small tubs or in Sterlite 3- Drawers to grab and do! Once you and your para-pro know each other well they can easily grab these things for the kids to do while you are dealing with the issue. These are also great sub activities when you or an aid are out. 
The most important thing to remember and I still need a reminder about is you can't do it all.  Pick things to make that will make the most impact in your classroom. It has taken me 7 years to make work boxes, figure out an organization system for all the paperwork (and I am still working on it), make the adapted books and social stories and figure out what works and even now I am still adjusting as the needs of my class change.

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