"How To Set Up A Special Education Program"- Organization in a Classroom

Monday, July 27, 2015

Organizing all of your little PECs Icons can be a challenge in any special education program.  At the end of the day, those icons can be found everywhere in the classroom.  Finding a simple storage system to make setting up schedules, communication books and activities a breeze is imperative to making it functional for any teacher.  Consider purchasing an organizer like this one to organize by image.  This can be found in the art section of most craft stores. 


"How To Set Up A Special Education Program"- Organizing Materials

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I have LOOTS of monthly goodies.  I store all of my monthly decorations, adapted books, stories, interactive activities and seasonal activities in large tubs.  I label the tubs and store them up high and out of reach.  At the end of each month I can easily pull the tub down and put the old away and take out the new.



I store all of our sensory goodies in a rolling bin in the front of the room.  I have the drawers labeled as: sensory balls, sensory bottles and sensory fidgets.  These are easy to find when needed for a kiddo!

I store all of outside toys and bubbles in a wagon.  This makes it SUPER easy to roll out for recess and outdoor play time.  My students are able to take the wagon out on their own and be independent which is the ultimate goal in everything we do!

I am very lucky to have lockers in my room.  Students store their belongings in their labeled locker every morning!.  They store backpacks, jackets and lunches.

When students come in in the morning they put their homework folders in the homework folder basket.  Each student has a drawer with their name on it where we put work and things that need to go home.  This makes for packing up at the end of the day super easy!

In the second set of drawers I store all of my paperwork that we need often: self-care request, nurse slips, weekly communication sheets, daily communication sheets, health aide forms, behavior data

Tomorrow is the LAST day to discuss classroom organization!  Be sure to come back and check it out :)






"How To Set Up A Special Education Program"- Organizing Cupboards

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Organization is the key to a successful special education program.  By having an organized classroom it will reduce stress for staff and students.  By spending the time and effort to organize your program before the school year starts, you will save tons of time throughout the school year preparing for each day.  Organization is IMPERATIVE for success.

"How To Set Up A Special Education Program"- Implementing T.E.A.C.C.H. Independent Binder System

Friday, July 24, 2015




Also at the red table I have a TEACCH Binder system implemented.  The Binder Work system was designed to create a systematic routine system for students to work independently on already mastered skills that they learn at the math, reading, and writing centers.

"How To Set Up A Special Education Program"- Implementing T.E.A.C.C.H. Task Boxes

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I have adapted the TEACCH system into my classroom and altered it to fit my student's needs.  I have an intricate system of Task Boxes that we do on a daily basis at the red table.  

"How To Set Up A Special Education Program"- Teaching Life Skills

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Life Skills takes place during afternoon work centers at the blue table. 

"How To Set Up A Special Education Program"- Teaching Math

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Math is SUCH a complex subject to teach to any child.  When you add in sensory processing disorders, speech and language delays, visual impairments and outright behaviors, it makes math THAT much more complex.  Most store curriculums only provide 20 pages of practice on one skill before it gets more challenging.  This does NOT work for my students, as some students may be working on the same skill for 6 months, or even 2 years.  To overcome this challenge I designed my own leveled math curriculum for students with special needs.
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