December Independent Binder Work System

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I am obsessed with my new Independent Binder Work System.  I have been so busy creating and prepping I have not had a chance to blog about it yet!! EEEK, and it's already December.  Better late than never?  Lol!  Today I am going to share with you my December set.  


Thanksgiving Feast Celebrations!

Friday, November 20, 2015

So many people over look Thanksgiving and skip straight to the December Holidays.  NOT IN MY ROOM.  Today we had a HUGE thanksgiving feast.  It was such a fun day and the kids learned so much.  I want to share with you all of the details of our day!

How to Make an Adapted Book Wall

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Every teacher loves an Ikea hack.  We are constantly re-inventing our classroom floorpan to make it best meet our students needs.  For me, my biggest area of struggle was organizing my adapted books in a way that made them accessible yet still out of reach of my kiddo's hand when they were not supposed to be using them.  I also HATE losing the velcro interactive pieces.  This TEACHER HACK solves all of those problems!

My Philosophy on Challenging Behaviors

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I wanted to chat today a little bit about the hardest part of our jobs: behaviors.  As a severely handicapped teacher I have seen, heard and witnessed everything.  Nothing is a surprise anymore, as I expect the unexpected.  No matter how consistent I schedule my routine and how systematic I am, nothing can be predicted.  But this is what I LOVE about being a special education teacher.  I love that the students keep me on my toes.  I love that the students keep me constantly seeking to give more and do more.  I love that these students need me just as much as I need them.  

Differentiated Writing Curriculum for Students with Special Needs/Autism

Saturday, October 24, 2015

One of the most common questions I get from my followers is what curriculum I use.  The biggest challenge we face as special educators is differentiating curriculum for our students diverse needs.  Writing was one of the hardest areas for me because I found myself spending an hour a day prepping al late different levels and highlighting sentences for my students to trace.  After so much "wasted" time each morning I decided I needed to design a curriculum that could meet ALL of my students needs in an appropriate manner.  I designed this writing curriculum in a way so that each student can participate daily and write about the same topic.

What's In My Bin??? OCTOBER

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I don't know about you, but September SURE FLEW BY!  I can't believe October is here and I have not had a chance to get my blog post out.  I wanted to share with you some of my goodies for the month to help you guys get organized for this upcoming month.  

Pumpkins are EVERYWHERE! One of my kiddo's said today, "Mrs Finch, no more apples?" LOL, the switch to a new theme can be a touch one!
So what is inside my bin?
(grab these adorable labels for free here)

Sensory Obstacle Courses

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A huge component of my classroom is behavior management.  I have found that integrating sensory activities can greatly reduce behaviors in my classroom.  While we do the common sensory activities daily, I am OBSESSED with sensory obstacle courses.  It's just a fun way of utilizing our sensory tools to build teamwork, following direction skills, and to get our wiggles out.  So, what is a sensory obstacle course?  It's a race/speedy way of gaining the very much needed sensory input.

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