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Structuring Classroom Supplies for your Students

Do you know this student? The one who will wander around looking for the perfect classroom supplies before they can even START on a task. I've known that student a few times. And after it took us an entire morning to find the "just right" pencil in our classroom, it was clear to me that this Goldilocks routine was not going to work in my classroom and I needed to come up with an intervention for this student immediately!

My first thought was to give this student a pencil box where they could keep their own supplies. They would be able to hold on to that precious sparkle pencil and we wouldn't be running around looking for it every morning. It would be safe in the student's box and we would be able to get right to work. This worked well for about 10 seconds. This box quickly because a hoard of colored pencils, scissors, glue sticks, "special" pencils, and all kinds of classroom supplies. We were spending just as long looking in the pencil box as we did wandering around the classroom looking for supplies. I always aim to teach my students efficient ways to go around tasks and complete them in logical ways to avoid frustration, so again, this behavior was NOT going to work for our classroom routine.

Enter our structured pencil box. I prepared the pencil box by adhering a visual organizer on the top of the box. This visually represented how many items the student was able to keep in their box (5 items in this case). I created icons of some of this students favorite things to hoard and attached velcro to the back. I stored these in the top of the pencil box and added velcro to the top of the box for the 5 items as well. This system visually structured the pencil box for my student. It was clear that there was only room for 5 items in the box. If they wanted to add another item, they would have to remove an item to make space for it. This seriously cut down on the amount of time we wasted wandering around looking for the desired supplies everyday and we were able to do a lot of learning.

Do you have students who struggle to organize their classroom supplies? Even their pencil box ends up a black hole of supplies? Check out this simple way to help students visually organize their classroom supplies.


Do you think this system will work for some of your students? Grab the structured pencil box {here}!

Making the Most of Your Activity Matrix

I talked about the activity matrix I use in my classroom a while ago. An activity matrix really is a fabulous tool for working in a collaborative classroom where you may or may not have time to touch base with paraprofessionals and service providers regularly (I know I have like zero time to do any collaboration face to face in my classroom). If you are unfamiliar with an activity matrix, you should check out this awesome video I stumbled across.

Winter Task Boxes


Do you love using Task Boxes in your classroom? I know I do and these Task Boxes we are working with in January are seriously everything! My students are loving them and I'm loving them, too. Come take a peek at what we're up to in our classroom this month!

Getting Organized in the New Year: 1:1 Work Time


I love the new year. It's full of excitement of the new things that will be happening. It feels like a fresh start, too. I find myself getting things organized in my classroom as I get ready for a new year. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks as well as some of my favorite tools for keeping an organized classroom, but I'm still able to keep everything I may need at my fingertips.**Note: This post included affiliate links. If you purchase any of the items featured in this post you will not be charged any more and a small commission will be sent my way. This helps keep this website up and running.**
I'm over here sharing more tips and tricks for getting organized in the new year here on the blog. Over the past couple weeks I have shared how to organize your classroom for Morning Meeting and Center Times. Today I'm thrilled to share with you how I organize myself, materials, and more for my 1:1 Work Time in my classroom. Let me show you how I keep myself sane during this time in my classroom.


Get Organized in the New Year: Centers


I love the new year. It's full of excitement of the new things that will be happening. It feels like a fresh start, too. I find myself getting things organized in my classroom as I get ready for a new year. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks as well as some of my favorite tools for keeping an organized classroom, but I'm still able to keep everything I may need at my fingertips.**Note: This post included affiliate links. If you purchase any of the items featured in this post you will not be charged any more and a small commission will be sent my way. This helps keep this website up and running.**It's always such a battle between order and things in a special education classroom. Our students need a lot of supports to help them access their curriculum and to be able to participate in activities but this just means MORE STUFF in our classroom. If you don't have a good system in place for organizing and storing all this "stuff" you're quickly going to be drowning in data sheets, sensory fidgets, behavioral icons, classroom schedules, and so much more.

Get Organized in the New Year: Morning Meeting


I love the new year. It's full of excitement of the new things that will be happening. It feels like a fresh start, too. I find myself getting things organized in my classroom as I get ready for a new year. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks as well as some of my favorite tools for keeping an organized classroom, but I'm still able to keep everything I may need at my fingertips.

Easiest Sensory Bin EVER!


If you all are anything like me you're printing a ton of resources to use in your classroom and there are paper scraps everywhere. Literally. I had recently created a task for my students using astrobright paper and looked at all those bright, beautiful scraps and thought to myself "There has to be something I can do with these extra pieces." And not much later that's when it hit me, toss these scraps into my sensory bin!
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