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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.



This is usually where I do the majority of my Discrete Trial Teaching with my students. Just outside of my teacher table I keep a bookshelf with a row of binders.

Get your special education classroom organized with these simple items. This system is my go to organization system in my self contained Autism Classroom for our 1:1 Work Time.

Inside these binders is where all the magic happens. When the binder is opened there is a storage pocket. Inside this pocket is where we store EVERYTHING the student needs to complete the lessons inside their binder. Flash cards, counting cubes, whatever it is they need, it's going to be stored inside the storage pocket.

Each binder is then divided into 5 sections which vary a little for each student. But the first tab is always "To Do". These are the DTT and Task Analysis lessons that students are working on. We keep all the active data sheets behind this tab. This way anyone who picks up the 1:1 work binder will know exactly what skills we are working on and how the student is progressing through those skills. Behind the second tab, I store all of the completed Data Sheets. I separate those sheets with a mastery sheet. I typically copy the mastery sheets on colored paper so that I can quickly jump between lessons. Usually around April, this part of my binder is filled with mastered lessons and data for current lessons. Typically behind the 3rd tab is behavior data. The 4th varies from curriculum data (i.e.: Edmark) and assessment data (i.e.: SANDI). The 5th tab is usually where I keep work samples and assessment results.



Another one of my new favorite organizational tools for 1:1 time are these mini expanding files. I can keep flashcards for lessons right inside them and they are divided for each lesson that my students are completing. For example, I keep my alphabet flashcards in one section for alphabet lessons, picture cards in another for vocabulary lessons, number cards in another for math lessons, etc. The best part about these mini expanding files is that they fit right inside the binder pockets at the front of my binders. I slip everything in there and I'm ready to pull out exactly what I need when it's time to teach students and I'm able to tuck it right back away when we are done teaching. Oh, and I may or may not have color coded each one of my students mini files. I would hate for one to get misplaced and not know who it belongs to...

This is how I make sure everything I need for 1:1 Teacher Time is right at my fingertips. What are some of your favorite organizational tips for 1:1 Work?

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!

Holiday Sensory Bin

We love sensory bins! Check out this fun Christmas themed sensory bin. Nothing is better in my Autism classroom during the December holidays! My students just love it.

Happy Holidays! We love getting festive in our classroom and I'm not going to lie, the Holiday Season can be very motivating for my students. Working for Holiday toys? Of course! Working for time to play in the Holiday sensory bin is definitely one of our favorite activities. I mean, who wouldn't want to play in that festively colored rice with all of those fun trinkets inside? Check out our sensory bin and the tips and tricks for making your sensory bin just as fun and festive!

Holiday Task Boxes

Holiday work tasks are my favorite in my Autism Classroom. These are perfect for structured work time or any time when you're working on task boxes!
We love our task boxes in our classroom and I seriously love the holiday season. I've been listening to holiday music every day to and from school since we returned from Thanksgiving break. I'm not even kidding about this. So it goes without saying that the task boxes we're currently rocking in my classroom are definitely full of holiday cheer! Check out these holiday task boxes!


Holiday work tasks are my favorite in my Autism Classroom. These are perfect for structured work time or any time when you're working on task boxes!We love this color sort activity. A couple years ago, I found a couple colored platters while I was strolling around the Dollar Tree and I also found some colored holiday stickers during one of my task box shopping sprees. I put the stickers in a basket and students sort the pieces out by color onto the colored platters. They absolutely love this task and I think it's simply adorable! And let's be serious here, who doesn't love a little bit of glitter around the holiday season?!
Holiday work tasks are my favorite in my Autism Classroom. These are perfect for structured work time or any time when you're working on task boxes!



Holiday work tasks are my favorite in my Autism Classroom. These are perfect for structured work time or any time when you're working on task boxes!
Another classroom favorite is this counting task we regularly use in the classroom. I found some muffin tins at the Dollar Tree a while ago and these have been a great investment for our classroom Work Tasks. We regularly have a counting task in our morning task boxes. I invested in a 3 inch circle cutter and I make some quick circles and write a number on the circles. These pop into the bottom of the muffin tin and students count out the items to match the number in the muffin tins. We love counting Pom Poms year round. A seasonal favorite of ours is counting out bells. Students like to shake them and hear the sound while they are counting.
Holiday work tasks are my favorite in my Autism Classroom. These are perfect for structured work time or any time when you're working on task boxes!


Holiday work tasks are my favorite in my Autism Classroom. These are perfect for structured work time or any time when you're working on task boxes!
We also love this combination of sorting and put in task. We get two containers and have cut a hole into the top of the container. Typically, we label what goes into each container. This month I wanted to see if students were able to find ways to sort objects without the labels and they have definitely figured out how to sort without the labels! This is one of my favorite tasks for those Target Dollar Spot erasers that I just have to have!


We also LOVE Teaching Special Thinkers Clothespin Tasks. I have a couple of these tasks for my students to complete during out morning work tasks. They absolutely love putting the decorations on the tree and finding the number matches to go on our piƱata.

Holiday work tasks are my favorite in my Autism Classroom. These are perfect for structured work time or any time when you're working on task boxes!

Holiday work tasks are my favorite in my Autism Classroom. These are perfect for structured work time or any time when you're working on task boxes!

These are the task boxes we're currently rocking in our classroom. What are some of your favorite holiday task boxes?

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