A Great Way to Organize and Store Token Boards, Individual Schedules, Etc.

Below are storage clipboards from my local Staples store. It really is ideal for each student to have in your special education classroom. On the front of the clipboard, it can hold various things. It can hold token boards, individual schedules, communication boards, etc. In the storage part of the clipboard, the tokens can be stored in it, communication symbols and the visuals for the individualized schedules. This is perfect because tokens and visuals can easily be misplaced pr lost. It is perfect! But the price was not. As soon as I saw the price of each storage clipboard costing $10.00, I thought of ways to use this idea and save a bit of money. As a public school teacher, most if not all materials are purchased by the teacher. With 8-10 students in a classroom, this would easily cost over $100.00!

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Sooo, I purchased regular clipboards and clear pencil case pouches with zippers for storage. I also used string to attached the “storage” case to the BACK of the clipboard. See below. I put together 10 of these for my incoming students.

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The Growing Topic : Inclusion

Summer break has started and I went away to Mexico with my family. We had such a good time. It was a vacation much needed! I apologize that I have not been in touch since the end of June!

Currently, I am taking 2 online summer classes to better myself as a teacher and for professional development. The classes I am taking are:

1) Across the Spectrum: Teaching Students with Autism

 2) Inclusion Strategies: Success in the Classroom.

Currently, I am taking the “inclusion” class because I have students in my class of students with ASD who participate in inclusion AND because inclusion is a growing topic. In this school I currently work in, there will be 3 new inclusion classrooms. 

Some benefits of inclusive education are:

Sincere friendships develop with ALL the students in the classroom: students with and without disabilities.

 -Teachers are supported and have experience.

 -The achievement of the students without disabilities is not affected by the students with disabilities.

 -There is generally academic and social growth in these classrooms and it makes the teachers happy and satisfied.

Below is one of my students who will be transitioning from a substantially separate class to an inclusion class in September 2015. I am so proud of his progress and his accomplishments! 

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Our Outdoor Piñata Party!

Now that the academic year is coming to an end, there have been lots of paperwork and wrapping up. I apologize that I am now able to return to my daily blog posts. I am excited to share with you pictures of our piñata party!

What a beautiful day for a piñata party! The art teacher had the classes of students with autism make piñatas. Today, they were able to take turns breaking the piñata and shared the yummy treats! 

It was a beautiful day and they had a blast!

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Our Mother’s Day Project

For mother’s day, we made cards using Boardmaker symbols and added a poem about “mothers.”  I also took pictures of the students holding a sign that says, “I love you.” I printed the pictures and the students decorated wooden frames that I purchased at Michael’s. They used markers and stickers. After we decorated the frames, we wrapped the frame. (see below) They had fun putting it all together! Happy mother’s day!!

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How We Celebrated Autistic Awareness in April

For the Autistic Awareness month in April, we did several things during the middle of the month. We had a school assembly that included performances from the students with autism, a cookie decorating social with students in the general education population, a parent appreciation breakfast and also had several basket raffles to raise money for our AU program. 

For the school assembly, I was the master of ceremony (mc). With the help of my staff, we made t-shirts for my students. One of my students read a story about himself which was titled, “All About Me” created by his ABA. My students also sang a song called, “I am awesome!”  One of the teachers in the program showed a slide show that educated students in the general education population about autism. After the assembly, the students had some “blue” cupcakes and other snacks. It was a busy but inspiring and educational week!

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More Math Fun with Animal Magnets!

Several of my students like animals so when I saw various animal magnets at a yard sale, I grabbed them! The animal magnets not only motivated learning but they were successful for learning addition and subtraction! I started the lesson by creating an addition equation (see first picture below). Each student then took a turn afterwards and created a simple one digit addition or a subtraction equation. 

To make the lesson more engaging and fun, we made animal sounds from the magnets we chose and identified the animals. 

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One of The Lessons We Did For Black History Month

For black history month, one of the lessons I did was read “The Story of Ruby Bridges” by Robert Coles. The story was perfect for my class because Ruby, the main character was a six-year-old girl who is around the same age as some of my students. It was a touching story about a brave black girl going to an all white school.

As I read the story, I had to pause in between and asked my students questions about what I was reading to check for understanding.  After reading the story, the students completed a worksheet. I created the worksheet using the Board maker program creating visuals for the students who needed them (see below).

After the students completed the worksheet, I asked my students how they think Ruby felt as she went to school then asked them how they would feel if they were Ruby. Below is the sheet I used to help my students describe their feelings. The sheet includes basic feelings like happy, sad and mad. I also showed them a picture of “scared” which is not pictured below.

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