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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Learning About The Appropriate Attire For Each Season In Our Autistic Classroom

As one of our daily lessons, the student are asked various questions during our science/weather lesson. Some of the questions that are asked are: Which item do you wear in the winter, which item do you wear in the summer or which item do you wear in the spring? Given options between a sweatshirt, sandal, hat, shorts, mittens or a tank top, the students answer the questions accordingly. Other items that are included in this lesson are an umbrella, sunglasses, dress, cap, windbreaker jacket and snow boots. You can vary the lesson however you want to. The students will surely enjoy the lesson as they are learning! We sure do!

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Autistic Awareness Month Begins Today: April 2!

Today at the school I teach in, we wore blue to support our students with autism and those who have autism nationally. This year thus far, I have tremendously enjoyed teaching my students who have made progress with structure, consistency, a schedule and a routine. Some of my goals are teaching my students communication and independence in addition to academics. It is so rewarding to see my students be happy, make progress and mature during the course of the year.

I found a simple yet educational video on you tube about autism. Please watch this short video and be inspired!

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