Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Visual Schedules for All

As any special education teacher can attest, routines and schedules are crucial for the successful running of any special education classroom. I learned very quickly and very early-on in my teaching career that visual schedules are imperative to keeping my students on-task and on-track. 

It also reduces the issues that stem from students wanting to argue about what they want to do and what they are supposed to be doing. All I have to do is refer them to our visual schedule, tell them it's time for [insert activity name here] and then give them the choice - complete the required task or deal with the consequence of their choice (which usually involves getting pulled down on our clip chart - another effective tool I use in my classroom!) 

I've used a few different visual schedules over the last three years. My kindergarten SDC students needed more pictures/visuals than my current older students needed, so I've tweaked the schedules as I've seen appropriate. My 2nd/3rd graders don't rely on pictures (they can read the words on the schedule cards).


I've been developing some new documents/posters for my classroom next year and I've created some new schedule cards for my kiddos for next year. They turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
 

If you're interested in some colorful schedule cards for your classroom, check them out at my TPT store here! Schedules are a must-have classroom management tool in your special education classroom. Happy scheduling!
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Open House

Tuesday was Open House and my classroom has been busily preparing the arrival of our parents. We've been studying Charlotte's Web and my students have loved learning about Wilbur, Charlotte, and Templeton. I was a little hesitant to read a chapter book with my kiddos but the majority of them have been doing a great job with the read aloud and overall comprehension of the story.

We've been working on a few crafts for our reading and we made a bunch of Wilburs to accompany our review of what we've read.




I made these review sheets for my students to reflect on the main characters and events in the story (thus far). They enjoyed completing this activity!


And of course, we also completed some Easter crafts - all projects courtesy of Pinterest.



 





After being absent from blogging for a few weeks, I'm hoping to fall back into my blogging routine. I have a busy weekend planned with family and friends for the holiday, but I will try to post another entry before the weekend's up. Stay tuned - and Happy Easter!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MIA

Hello, friends! I will continue to be MIA for the next few days. I have comprehensive exams this week (that are due on my birthday, this Tuesday) and will be busy completing those! I apologize for my absence, but stay tuned!

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