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No SMART Board? No Problem!

Is your classroom lacking in the technology department? I get so jealous when I see classrooms with interactive whiteboards and real 21st century equipment. It's easy to feel like you're living in the Stone Age when you see people all over with interactive whiteboards and amazing technology in their classrooms. Trust me, I'm with you there.

Giving my students experience with technology is important to me. We live in a world full of technology and our students need to be prepared and know how to interact with it, and let's face it, there is some super cool stuff you can do with great technology in the classroom. But unfortunately my classroom is more equipped for prehistoric times than present times. I wanted to use what I had in my classroom to build an experience for my students. Check out what I did!

My Absolute Favorite Songs to Support Calendar Skills

Incorporating songs during our calendar time lends itself to multi sensory learning in my special education classroom. Check out 3 of my favorite songs to use during calendar time.

Daily calendar time is a favorite for my students in my classroom. What they don't know is that everything we do during calendar time serves a purpose. Every song I use during our morning calendar time is designed to help my students learn the days of the weeks, months of the year, types of weather, etc.

Our calendar time is a combination of songs and activities related to the calendar. I also have an interactive calendar I use to help my students receptively identify calendar information. I want to share with you some of my favorite songs that I use during calendar time in my classroom and tell you why they are some of our favorites!

I follow pretty much the same calendar routine everyday in my classroom. Students come to the circle area and we do the following routine:
  1. Identify the month
  2. Count the number of days within the month
  3. Review special activities that are coming up in the month
  4. Identify the day of the week; add in yesterday and tomorrow as my students become more proficient
  5. Identify the Weather
So, here are some of my favorite songs I use to assist my calendar times and why we love them in our classroom!

5 Ways to Stay Organized During IEP Season

I don't know if you have IEPs all year long or if you're holding all your IEPs during a month long period, but I do know that between IEP meetings, phone calls, and just plain teaching in your classroom, IEPs can seem like another task added to a never ending to do list.

Managing a special education caseload can be overwhelming and stressful. Check out these 5 quick tips for case managers to cut down on the stress and have a productive IEP season.

I'm telling you, getting and staying organized for IEP meetings is the best way to get rid of the stress associated with IEPs. Staying organized really helps me manage my cases and helps keep me from having "surprises" throughout the year. Check out these 5 simple ways to stay organized during IEP season!

Top 3 Ways to Differentiate for Inclusion

Differentiation is certainly a hot topic in education these days and as Special Educators we know a thing or two about differentiating for our student's to succeed.

Today I want to focus on how we can differentiate for our students during their inclusion times. This year, all of my students are included for PE and Science specials on campus. We attend our specials with another 1st grade class. Having ALL of my students included at once has made me a pro at differentiating this year!

Creating Visual Boundaries in your Classroom

Do you have students who struggle to stay in designed spaces in the classroom? Check out how I create visual boundaries and implement a teaching strategy to help the students in my Autism classroom.

Let's face it. We've all had that student that just doesn't know where their body is supposed to be in the classroom. We've tried TONS of interventions, but they still seem to wander around the classroom and you need to find a way to keep them in the correct space. For our visual learners, visual boundaries can be super helpful. I have used them in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways. Before I show you what I've done, I want to talk just a little bit about when you're going to want to use visual boundaries with your students and what things you may want to consider before implementing a visual boundary system in your classroom.

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5 Work Station Basics


You all probably know by now that I'm a HUGE fan of Independent Work Stations. I've posted about them many times and shared how to use them successful. I absolutely love the independence we build for our students.

Today I'm sharing 5 quick tips for setting up a work station in your Special Education classroom.

Utilizing Graphic Organizers as a Visual Support

Graphic organizers provide excellent visual supports for so many students on the Autism Spectrum. Read about how I use graphic organizers to support behavior skills for my special education students.

If you have done any teaching this decade I'm positive you've heard all about graphic organizers. They're seriously a great tool for teaching all kinds of students to understand academic concepts. Did you know you can use graphic organizers for behavior as well?

Graphic organizers are one of my very favorite tools for teaching students appropriate behavior and helping them take ownership of their behavior. Today I'm going to share 4 of my absolute FAVORITE ways to utilize graphic organizers to impact the behavior of your students every day.
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