SPED Summer Bloghop! Week 1: Scheduling


I'm so excited to be hooking up with a bunch of SPED teachers to share our experiences working in the Special Education classroom.  This week, we're sharing information about scheduling in the Special Education Classroom.

Oh man, scheduling.  This can make or break your Special Education program and it's ALWAYS changing in my classroom.  I have a basic routine I follow each year as I develop my class schedule.  I always use Excel to build my class schedule and make each day on a different page in my spreadsheet.



The first thing I do is a make a basic schedule for my class with the students names across the top row and then I break down the time increments based on our center rotations (20 minutes this year).  It looks something like this.

Then I go back and plug in the times of things I have no control over (recess, lunch, PE, etc.).  It looks something like this.

Now is when it gets tricky!  I make sure that I check in with my OT and Speech teacher's ASAP when school starts.  I want to get them into my schedule and build in the rest of my student's days.

I schedule my IAs lunches during our speech blocks.  This way my Speech teacher is able to take a group, I have a group, and I still have another IA to run a group.

Now, I need to figure out what centers I need my students to participate in.  I want each my students to have at lease 2 DT sessions, an independent work station, a language center, reading, writing, math, and a break center.  Beyond that, I just move things around until all students needs are being met within the schedule.
**This is a mock schedule**
From here I am easily able to determine my IA's schedules.  I have already planned their lunches and I have assigned them to student tasks.  I go through the schedule one more time and make sure it makes sense for the people who will be running centers (IA's stay in 1 center for a while or are in nearby centers).  I draft up a schedule for my IAs to reference and I post it in our classroom.

In the end, I usually end up with a slightly different schedule for each day because of speech and OT push ins happening at different frequencies for different students and different specials on different days (we have PE prep twice a week and no other specials).  It's just easier for me to have a schedule for each day.

How do you set up your schedule?

Make sure you stay tuned.  Each week we'll be bringing you more information about how we structure our classrooms!


Now hop on over to Autism Classroom News to see what Christine has to share!
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9 comments

  1. You have a great method to the madness of scheduling! I want to try something like you have setup for the upcoming year by putting the schedules into a spreadsheet. That just makes it so easy to see! I may have to email you though and have you look at it and make it work!!! HAHA! Scheduling is not my favorite!
    Mrs. H's Resource Room

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    1. Haha. No problem! I have a love/hate relationship with scheduling. When it goes well I love it, when it doesn't, I hate it!

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  2. First, have I ever told you how much I love your blog design? I do! I am also so excited to find someone whose schedule process is so close to mine! Thanks so much for sharing it!
    Chris
    Autism Classroom News

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    1. Thanks Christine! It needs some more tweaking, but I'm pretty happy with the results since I'm no blog designer! I really think it's the easiest way to schedule!

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  3. This is pretty much exactly how I figure out my schedule! SUCH a process, but makes life so much easier!!
    Kayla of My Special Learners

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    1. Seems to be the way a lot of us schedule. Must mean we're doing something right :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing your process! I do the same thing, except colour-coding and using excel! Which, I now think I do! I am not very comfortable with excel though!!!

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  5. I do a schedule like yours, but I have 11 kiddos, so I am having problems scheduling them all in - any ideas?

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    1. I, too, have 11 students. Second week of school is almost over and I am still scrambling to make things work. Ugh!!

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