Weekly Staff Focus in a SPED Classroom

As teachers, we regularly post our student learning objectives. It guides our instruction and helps our students understand the focus of a lesson. Posting daily objectives has been a big thing in my school (and probably yours) for the last few years. I started thinking about how helpful it would be if my team could have an objective as well, something to focus on improving each week So last spring, I implemented a weekly staff focus. Each Monday, I post our focus on our staff board.

I mapped out some of the skills that I definitely want to focus on this year. I left a few open weeks so that I can incorporate skills that I see as a need in the classroom. I usually try to chose skills that can be applied to all of our students, but occasionally, I will focus on something specific to one student. For example, last year we implemented a new AAC device with a student and we spent a few weeks focusing on modeling and core vocabulary in order to get in the habit of using the device. It was super helpful!

Ignore my dirty white board! 😉

Here are some of the skills we will focus on this year:

  • Specific behavior praise
  • Increasing our praise rate
  • Being ready and prepared to start instruction as soon as the bell rings
  • Using behavior momentum to increase compliance
  • Prompting and following the least to most prompt hierarchy
  • Encouraging independence in classroom routines
  • Accurate & complete data collection
  • Offering choices
  • Wait time between prompts
  • Engagement types & strategies to keep students engaged
  • Precision commands

I also create a weekly form for my paras that includes the focus, any events or important info for the week, and a self rating scale. I always print out a extra form for myself as well. If there is something that I'm not doing well, there’s a chance my staff are having a hard time with it too. This is a good opportunity for me to evaluate and see if there's a better way to do something or to re-train everyone on at our next staff meeting. I ask my paras to turn in their form at the end of the week with any comments. I include a spot for them to let me know if they felt they needed more training on the weekly focus. If multiple people said yes, then I add it to our staff meeting agenda. Otherwise I just do a quick one on one training. As you know, finding time for communication in the classroom can be a challenge so this form has been a great communication tool. You can grab it for free by clicking on the picture above.

If you try this, I'd love to hear how it goes & what you focus on each week! 


  1. When you have an idea which will help you succeed, this is just perfect! Thank you very much for simplifying our lives!

  2. This is wonderful! Do you have the sheet that you use available for download or purchase?


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