Best of 2014- All About Me Books

I get asked all the time what I do in the classroom.  It's under common assumption that I am a babysitter and I just keep kids happy.  NO, they learn.  They progress at their own pace and we are constantly working towards becoming independent citizens.  But often times- when we get those low kiddo's that need extra help people assume that these students are the exception.  That there is NO way this kid can learn.  Here is one example of what I do with these low kiddo's to help them become independent.  I find it important that each kid leave my class knowing their personal information: their name, age, birthday, looks, phone number, address and school info.
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Best of 2014- When to Restrain A Child

Todays post is a very hot topic, and one I feel very adamant about.  I have a passion for a teaching and a passion for advocating for my amazing students each and every day.  As we continue to hear headlining stories about horror stories that are far and few in-between, I wanted to re-share this post to remind teachers the importance of positive intervention PRIOR to the use of restraint.

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Best of 2014- Social Stories Galore!!!

The 9th most popular post from 2014 was a post about the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY and WHEN of Social Stories!!!

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Best of 2014- The Mitten by Jan Brett

It's time to ring in the new year! 

With that- I am going to re-post and edit the top 10 posts from 2014 in case you missed them the first time around! It's going to be 10 days of lots of fun :)

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #12

On the12th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #11


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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #10

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #9

For those of you who visited my blog yesterday and were unable to download the freebie, click HERE to download yesterday's freebie.  I formatted it wrong so it was not able to download! So I am leaving it free an extra day!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #8

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #7

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #6

Day 6 IS HERE! I hope you've been collecting the freebies all week!
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #5

Happy Hump Day!
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #4

Dashing through the snow…….

Day 4 is HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #3

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas…….

The give-a-way keeps going!
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #2

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Jingle All The Way….. We're 1 day closer to Christmas! Yay!

That means another freebie :)
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #1

It's NO secret that I love Christmas!  To celebrate I am hosting a 12 day give a way.  That means that EVERY DAY starting today, I will be giving away ONE freebie on my blog! Be sure to check back each day to get the freebie as they will only be free for ONE day!

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Adapting Math Worksheets!

I am in absolute love with my Math curriculum.  My students are becoming SO independent during math rotations it almost brings a tear to my eye.  The consistency of my curriculum is allowing them to work through the problems on their own.  They are getting daily practice on the same skill and they are maximizing their time.  They are not "confused" when presented with a different format worksheet, even if it is the same skill they worked on the day before.

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December Crafts


Oh December, HOW I LOVE YOU!  There are just an infinite amount of crafts that can be done in the month in December.  I try to change them up for the most part because many of my students 

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Monday Motivator- Join the Fun!!!

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Teaching How to Write Your Name

I am a big fan of structured work centers.  I run rotations two time a day during my work centers.  In the morning we work on our writing at one center.  I implement my writing curriculum for most of my students.  I have two students who are still working on tracing their name in the most simple format, thus my curriculum is not appropriate.   For these students I have different things setup! 

For my first student, Gabriel, I created a three ring binder.  I put all of the printed worksheets inside of sheet protecters so that dry erase markers can be used.  He is able to trace his name in 3 inch block size letters.  So when he first opens the binder, he finds the largest letters first.


He is able to do these large letters on his own independently, so I have him start with them so he is not frustrated and he is successful to begin with.


I then transition to 2 inch size block letters.  He is able to do some of the letters correctly.  He struggles with the G, B and R as they have curves.  However with daily practice he is getting better!


Lastly- He attempts 1 1/2 inch size block letters.  This is difficult for him.  He sometimes gets frustrated but he is able to visually see that he is on his last page and almost finished.  This helps him to see the end of his task. 



I created these worksheets just in Microsoft word.  I picked a simple print font and bolded the font.  I printed it in gray so it was more "traceable."

I love these little erasers I got from Lakeshore.  The kids can erase their sheet protectors on their own!


Now I bet a lot of you think that you may have one kiddo that is too low to work on this.  I promise you that you can start with a letter that takes the whole page.  DAILY PRACTICE helps.  It may take a year to get one letter down- but I promise you that one day, it will all just click :) Unless of course… if there is an orthopedic impairment involved.  Then talk to an occupational therapist :)






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Decorating for the Seasons!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS From Room 83!!!!
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Workbasket Wednesday!

Is it Wednesday!?!? I'm excited to participate for the first time in Autism Classroom News' monthly link up!  Since it's my first post, I'm gonna keep it short and sweet :)

Click below to LINK up and read the other linked blogs!
Workbasket Wednesday at Autism Classroom News

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My Products!

I organized my "MY PRODUCTS" tab on my blog this weekend just in time for the Cyber Sale!  I have all my products organized by categories to make for easy shopping for my customers.  From the home page, click on "my products"


Once on the "Products" page, you can scroll through the categories for easy shopping.  Interested in a product, click on the image and you will be redirected to Teachers Pay Teachers where you can view previews, read a descriptions, read reviews and see the price!






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CYBER MONDAY!

I'm sure you've heard by now, TeachersPayTeachers.com is having a huge cyber monday sale TODAY AND TOMORROW ONLY!

Use promo code: TPTCYBER and get 28% off everything in my store!
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Thanksgiving Special Educators Blog Hop!

I am SOOO SOOO SOOO very thankful for all of the bloggers I have networked over the past year.  I am very excited to announce that I am participating in this years Thanksgiving Special Educators Blog Hop!  


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Time To Get Ready For December!

Okay, seriously, this school year is just FLYING by!  Here I am pulling out all my December decorations for my classroom already.  Crazy how time flies.  With that being said, I like to maximize the most of our 2 1/2 short weeks in December.  We learn about all of the different holidays in December and get craft happy!  I will be sharing my December plans this week and next.  

First off- FOLLOW my December Pinterest Board!
Here is where I find ALL of my craft ideas for the month.  I also find a lot of great learning activities and games for the month! Oh and free printable worksheets too!  Click on the image below to check out my December Board!

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Monday Motivator- Thankful for Bloggers!

I'm so excited for Black Friday! Shopping, friendly sports competitions with my family, leftovers and OF COURSE OUR SPED TEACHERS BLOG HOP!!!

Be sure to check back in to my blog this Friday, (black friday) to join me and 24 other SPED Bloggers in a fun festive Blog Hop.  We will each be hosting a Freebie and a Tip! Lucky you :)

We are THANKFUL for you!



….see you Friday!



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When to Restrain A Child

**Restraining a child in the school setting should only be done if the child is an immediate danger to themselves or to others around them*****

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Learning About Thanksgiving!

For the past few years I have struggled to "teach" my students about holidays.  It's hard for them to understand why sometimes we have no school, or parties or different celebrations.  Often times it is expected that students just know and just understand  what holidays are.  To help teach those kids I decided to create social stories for each HOLIDAY to help teach the concept.

For the month of November I created two holiday social stories.  

The first one is "Thanksgiving Dinner"


The second one is "Giving Thanks."


You can purchase the bundle of holiday social stories HERE.






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Storing Those Little Gadgets!

I have been blogging A LOT about sensory diets and different interventions.  For the past few years I have really struggled with keeping and maintaining all these cheap gadgets I would find.  Dollar tree and Target Dollar spot are a favorite of mine.  I find all these tweaky toys that can be used as fidgets.  I get all excited, I bring them to school, and then BAM- their gone! And then weeks later I find them in random spots of the room.  They get put back with the art supplies, or in the puppet container, or in a book box, in the toy cabinet, behind a shelf etc.  These gadgets were never organized in a good manner.  It was something I knew I had to set up, but never did!  Finally- I did it….. and it is simple :)

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Monday Motivator

We've all been there.  We've all had those days.  Some days are harder than others.  Keep pushing through!




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A Loaded Question From a Follower = A Great Blog Post!

Happy Thursday to my LOYAL followers.  Today's blog post is a question/answer session I had with one of my followers from Facebook.  As always- I love and welcome all questions.  I decided to turn her questions into a blog post to provide any clarification to all of my readers.  Her questions are in BLUE and my answers are in BLACK!  ENJOY :)

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Pilgrims!

So today we watched a few cute video's on you tube to learn about pilgrims.  We then made this ADORABLE craft :)  Love it!





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Sensory Toys on a Budget!

Okay- so we all know Sensory is important for a Special Education Classroom.  But not all schools are lucky to just be given all of the materials needed.  I use Donor's Choose and local grants to fund most of my stuff.  And of course- my own paycheck for the little things.  Sensory toys and equipment can be expensive…. like insanely expensive if you look at the special education catalogues.    

So here's a little tip.  Look through those catalogues and see what you like.  Then find it online cheaper…my go to place?  Amazon!  Read below to find the links to some great things I have bought :)

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Sensory Diet's in the Classroom

Sensory diets are pretty much what they sound like.  Sensory diets are designed to meet a child or anyone’s individual sensory needs.  While I’m not an occupational therapist, or expert by any means, I’ve done a lot research, experimentation and trial end error in the area of sensory diets.  I am in FULL BELIEF that if you have your students sensory needs in full balance- your life will be SO much easier.  And of course… I'm still learning and always evolving how to best meet my students needs.

Sensory diets are a simple planned sensory routine that is embedded within their normal routine.  So how do we set up sensory diets in our classroom to set up our students for success?

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Wiggle Worms, Bouncing Beans and Tapping Tigers


Wiggle worms, bouncing beans and tapping tigers. That’s what I use to call my kids when their driving me nuts!  We all have these kiddo’s, the ones that have ants in their pants all day!  How do we make it work in our classroom?  I have an answer for you…. Sensory Diets!  

But first off, we must understand what Sensory Processing disorders are?Simply put (in teacher terms…), sensory processing disorder is a condition that affects the way a person responds to different things within the environment.  Their brain is unable to process their surroundings appropriately.  Let me give you some examples in the school setting that may affect a child with sensory processing disorder: loud bells, crowded hallways, bright lights, smelly food, gooey art supplies.


Click on the image to read more:


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To Hug or Not To Hug…. That is the Question!

Okay, so the purpose of this post is summed up in the title.  While it might sound like a joke, in all seriousness, I open this up for a debate.  Do you give hugs at school?  If not, why not?

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Monday Motivator

OH Darn… It's Monday….

Don't worry




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