Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tips to Teaching Sight Words (and a freebie)

Sight words! They are so important for our students to learn to become stronger readers. What are some ways to engage your students into learning and reading sight words? Here are some different ways to teach sight words.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Why we love adaptive interactive books (and you should too!) plus a freebie!

Do you use adaptive, interactive books in your classroom? Adaptive also called interactive books is a great way to include all in making litearcy fun and accessible to all sutdents. Plus they are not just for the special education population. Read on to learn more and find out ways to incoporate adaptive, interative books into your classroom today!

Adaptive, Interactive Books. What are they? How can I use them? And are they just for special ed.? Let's learn moare about what is an adaptive or interactive book is.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

TPT Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale!!

Did you hear TPT is having their big sale where you can save up 28% off of products!! The sale will run Monday and Tuesday and you ca save big with using the code cyber2016. Here are a few products in my store that will be on sale! Happy shopping!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Plan ahead- get your emergency sub plans ready!

Don't be fretting in the middle of the night- life happens, be prepared for those times you can't write detailed lesson plans for an absent. See how I set up my emergency sub bin so when I can't be at school, I know my students are taken care of!

How to set up emergency sub plans:

Have a sub binder
Inside the sub binder I have: 
1. My schedule along with a school map and list of classrooms that I go into for supporting students
2. A list of my case load (students) with a brief description of each student (i.e. student with autism or intellectual disability, behavior plans, tips and tricks)
3. List of passwords and logins to access any computer games, programs, or technology the sub will need to get into or use. 
4. List of important people (office staff, paras) and who to ask for help
5. Sheet explaining how to use the sub materials that you put together (see details below) as well as where to find games and hands-on materials as well that could be used during the day. 

Have a special spot or storage where a sub can easily find the materials
1. In your sub binder make sure you let your sub know where to find the materials and how to use them. I have my schedule along with a sheet explaining that s/he can pull materials from my black three tier drawers for my pull-out groups for each subject I teach (reading, writing, math).

2. Pull materials that can be used throughout the school year in each bin- reading, writing and math work. Use those teacher books you have sitting in your cabinets or (of course) there are tons of great stuff on Teachers Pay Teachers (free and paid!).

Reading: reading response sheets to use after reading a story, coloring sheets by word families or sight words, teacher books: read and understand, dolce sight words, word families. 

Writing: seasonal papers, writing papers, graphic organizers to help create stories, picture cards (seasonal) for kids to write lists or sentences, and don't forget to find some great  materials in your cabinets or on TPT!!
Math: Basic skills sheets- addition, subtraction, word problems, money, more/less, patterns, hundreds chart activities, solve and color sheets (lots on TPT), graphs and the list is endless. 

Use those teacher books you have stored in your cabinets!

Now you are all set! When life gives you those times where you really can't spend writing detailed lesson plans, even though we have all been there in the middle of the night or in the wee hours in the early morning, you won't have to fret as you will be all set up!

I would love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment-- until next time, 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November - what are you teaching?

I love November! The fall weather is here, we are into the swing of school and of course THANKSGIVING!!

If you are looking for some November activiites, check out some of my products in my TPT store, All Things Special Ed.

I have some monthly nouns sort sets that I love using with my students. A great way to mix in large/small group and individual work.
November Noun Sort 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

No Prep Monthly Math Bundle

Do  you work with students with disabilities, students with severe to profound disabilities, Autism, and/or intellectual disabilities? Do you work on alternative standards or replacement curriculum? If so then these monthly packets are for you! 

Monthly Math Bundle

I created these packets out of need for my own classroom with my students who I work on the CCEE standards and provide pull-out, replacement curriculum in my resource room. Each month you work on the same set of skills with a different theme to keep things fresh and new. I have found that my students have become more independent and have built confidence with being able to work independently. Yes that took time but was it ever rewarding to see them work without me having to sit next to them and help them. 

Here is what is included in each months packet:

Here are some samples of what you get each month




Here is a sample of what one of my 4th grade students with an intellectual disability completed the other day--

I have my students complete a page or two daily when the come down to my room for our 60 minute math block. It has been a great way for them to transition to math and for me to collect and keep data for IEP goals as well as maintain those skills that they have mastered.

A quick response to how I break my math block up is:
1. Monthly Math packet sheets (and daily calendar sheet if that is a skill my students still need to work on.)
2. Math on the iPad, we mix it up with IXL math and also math iPad games.
3. Students get a break- iPad or sensory break
4. Math lesson with our math Curriculum "Equals" by Ablenetinc.
5. Break

So basically I break my math block up into 3 sections but keep it flexible depending on what skills we need to work on. I know I need to start teaching a new math skill, rounding and I will probably stick that in before our Math lesson with our curriculum.

To check out the No Prep Monthly Math Bundle - click here

Feel free to leave a comment or let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by and until next time---

Sunday, October 2, 2016

No Prep Monthly Math sets for CCEE

No Prep, Monthly Math Sets 
Common Core and Common Core Essential Elements Aligned

Get each packet in my TPT store or get the Bundle - coming soon! 

Click each month to take you to the product in my store

August- coming soon, free sampler
Monthly Math Bundle - coming soon

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