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Math Rotations in a SPED Classroom

By the end of this year, after changing our math rotations around about a bazillion times, I FINALLY feel like I figured out the perfect combo of stations to help my students learn, practice, and master skills.    My favorite part of this system is that it worked seamlessly without me killing myself over prep…

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Keeping Math Skills Sharp All Year with File Folder Tasks (Math Labels Freebie)

Like most special educators, I teach several different skills in math a day. In our math rotations, I am able to see each students 1:1 for about 10 minutes to teach them new skills, and then they rotate through the other centers to practice that skill and previously mastered skills. This is the first year…

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Classroom Task Bin Organization

    This year, I decided I wanted to take my love of plastic bins to a whole new level. I love keeping my materials organized in bins, especially when I have to leave everything to collect dust over the summer.        In my classroom, I have students at all different levels working…

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Using Structured Work Systems To Build Independence in the Elementary Classroom

Last week, I wrote a post on Using Structured Work Systems to Foster Student Independence. Work systems are structured sequences that provide students opportunities to practice mastered skills through the use of organized materials, including containers, bins, drawers, checklists, folders/binders, among many other materials. Adult support can still be used to guide students when using work systems;…

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6 Unconventional Classroom Centers

This year, I decided to make some unused classroom spaces into small interactive centers that could serve as the perfect little transition activities or warm-ups. Instead of hanging pictures or decorations in these spaces, I wanted them to have a purpose. Below are some examples of how you can turn those unused spaces into workspaces,…

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Using Structured Work Systems to Foster Student Independence

I remember when I first started teaching in my classroom, I literally had no clue what I was doing. I remember everyone kept talking about..   STRUCTURESTRUCTURESTRUCTURE   I shook off their advice and did things my way for the first few months, thinking my cute little classroom set-up was just the beez-neez with all…

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Get Organized for the New Year: How to be Efficient and Stay on Top of Classroom Materials

I love organization. I love boxes, binders, file folders, plastic baggies, planners.. if it helps me stay organized and less stressed – I’m totally in. Our days are VERY fast paced and there is not a lot of down time or prep time, so I have learned several different ways to keep myself from being…

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Here’s to Another Year: Autism Classroom Tour!

  I have been CRAZY excited to share my classroom with ya’ll this year. This is my third year in this classroom, and I’m in love with how it turned out it this school year. I kept a lot of the same centers from last year, and added a few new fun ones (Magnet Center,…

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Color Coding Your Classroom For MAXIMUM ORGANIZATION

  Today I want to share with you about my “color-coding” classroom organizational system. Although it sounds silly, assigning my students a color at the beginning of the school year is my go-to for organization. It has saved my sanity. With 3 instructional assistants, a lead teacher, and a student teacher, keeping data and student…

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TEN ESSENTIALS EVERY AUTISM CLASSROOM RUNS ON

I could not survive without velcro in my classroom. We use it for EVERYTHING. Schedules, work tasks, choice boards, visuals.. literally everything. I also order in bulk for my classroom supply order (that the school pays for) and then I purchase even more (with my own money) to keep at home so I don’t have…

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