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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.

Generalization of Skills: What is it? Why is it Important? and How to Increase it in your Classroom



Have you heard a ton about generalizing skills in the classroom? Are you wondering what exactly that is? Are you wondering why it's important? First, let's get a little background.

When we teach our students through Discrete Trial Teaching we are using an Evidence Based Practice for Autism, but we are also using just one target for teaching our students. For example, if I'm teaching my student a vocabulary lesson and I use this card for the target word of "apple", this is the apple my student will automatically recognize.

2 More Mistakes you are Making when Prompting Students

Previously, I shared 3 prompts you're making with your students that you may not even notice and now I'm back to share some more unintentional prompts you may be providing in your classroom without even noticing.


Fire drill must haves

If your classroom is anything like mine, mastering everyday classroom routines take a lot of time, practice, and patience. Now we throw fire drills into the mix and a lot of my students are thrown off. I have found the best way to master fire drills is to do a lot of preparation with my students throughout the year.

We talk about fire drills often and practice lining up and walking out to the holding area even when we are not in an active fire drill. I mean, practice makes perfect, right? We may not have mastered fire drills yet, but we are working towards a smoother drill every time.

With all this practice, I have 3 fire drill must haves in my classroom. Which ones are you using? What could you add to help students become more prepared for fire drills?

Tackle Transition Times Like a Pro!

Transition times in the Special Education classroom can be difficult. Check out these 2 easy tips to tackle transition times like a pro in your classroom!
Teaching our students to transition in the Special Education classroom is a necessary skill. Students need to transition to school, between activities, around campus, and from school each and every day. Teaching these skills can be really tricky in the high intensity classroom, but I have two tips to help your students tackle transition times like pros!

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!

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