One sleep to go…

By this time tomorrow, my first book will be out there in the world, and I couldn’t be more excited (or nervous). This book has been a real labour of love, and I really hope that it can help create a more accessible educational experience for our learners. Our education system is changing, it’s recognising that a traditional approach just doesn’t work for our pupils. We need inclusion, true individualisation and deeper understanding of the range of needs within our school community.

Visual of the cover of Good Autism Practice for Teachers, with a link to the Critical Publishing website.

So join me on this journey, as we work together to make change for our wonderful young people. My book covers everything from Emotional Literacy to Communication and Visuals, and a lot in between as well. It provides researched and evidence based strategies, written in a way which is easy to read and digest. I don’t want this book to be one which gathers dust on a shelf! It is designed to be scribbled one, filled with colourful post its, and to be stuffed in your desk drawer so it’s accessible during your day.

Visual of Good Autism Practice for Teachers, Karen has matched her manicure to the cover, which is pink with rainbows.

And if you need any more convincing, how many teaching CPD books can you match your manicure to? #BuyThePinkBook

Welcome

Photo of a white, blonde woman (Karen) wearing yellow glasses and a black shirt.

Welcome to my blog! If you’re reading this, it means I have successfully pressed the correct buttons, and my website is now live.

Let me briefly introduce myself. I’m Karen, otherwise known as Scottish ASN Teacher. I am exactly what it says on the tin, I am a teacher in Scotland who specialises in Additional Support Needs. I have particular experience in Autism and communication needs. Over the course of my career so far, I have worked in specialist provisions and mainstream schools with resource centres, with a wide range of children and needs.

I love my job because it’s challenging, no two days are the same, and it’s given me the chance to meet and work with some truly wonderful young people.

Alongside teaching, I run an Instagram page for teachers, I have my own podcast, and I present fortnightly with Teacher Hug Radio (info below). I am in the process of setting up my own Youtube channel, so watch this space… I have also written for TES (articles linked below), and have been involved with training and speaking events for a variety of organisations.

I will keep this first post short and sweet, but if you would like to find out a bit more about who I am and what I do, you can find me in the following places.

Pink circular shape containing red writing (Instagram @Scottish_ASN_Teacher, Twitter @Karen_N_Watson, Podcast Scottish ASN Teacher, Teacher Hug Radio Build A Ramp)

TES Scotland articles;

April 2021- 5 Post lockdown tips from an ASN Teacher

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/5-post-lockdown-tips-asn-teacher

May 2021- 9 ways that visuals help pupils and teachers

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/9-ways-visuals-help-pupils-and-teachers

January 2022- 6 tips for stepping into your first ASN leader job

https://www.tes.com/magazine/analysis/specialist-sector/6-tips-stepping-your-first-asn-leader-job