My Daily Schedule- Calendar Routine

Every day we practice calendar skills in my classroom.  These basic life skills are essential for my moderate/sever students.  These basic life skills will help them to become independent adults.  For those of you who have been following me for quite some time, you may already know about our Calendar routine.  I wanted a refresher post about this as it is such a crucial life skill for our students and such a systematic routine in our classroom each day!

My Daily Schedule- Recess/Book Time/Toileting

After Breakfast time, students get to go to recess.  This is my break and I use this time to take care of any necessary things.  My staff supervises my students and includes them with their peers as much as possible.  Once the bell rings, my class lines up against my bungalow classroom (we're RIGHT on the playground).  As they walk into my classroom one by one, they wash their hands, check their schedules and sit down.



My Daily Schedule- Work Centers

Okay, I know I post this a lot, but I'm here to share pictures of my work center rotation system.  I absolutely LOVE my work centers.  I know, I've said that before!  I have fine tuned this system and continue and will always continue to revamp this system to make it the most efficient system ever for my students at that time! I love my work centers because my students REALLY DO learn.  This system promotes independence and… surprise surprise… it's consistent!

So, like last year, we have 3 work centers!  Each center is labeled by color! See below :) 


Notice my CUTE signs hanging above each table :) I love them! And no.. hanging things from the ceiling does NOT distract my students.  At least not the ones I have now!

My Daily Schedule- Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting is one of my favorite parts of the day.  This is the first thing we do when we step into our classroom following our Morning Fitness!  My students put all of their belongings away in their lockers, check their schedules and sit down to start Morning Meeting.  Morning Meeting is a 15 minute activity that, in my opinion, starts the day in a fun way!  Morning Meeting is different every day but works on the same necessary life skills: communication, social skills, and team building skills.  The main goal of Morning Meeting is to take attendance and say good morning to everyone.  While I am conducting Morning Meeting, my aides can check my students back packs, pull out any communication logs, get student lunch/snack out, and have the morning centers ready to go by the time Morning Meeting is finished.  (YES,…. my aides are efficient and magnificent!)


My Daily Schedule- Drop off and Morning Fitness!

I am super excited to elaborate more on my big post from friday, My Daily Schedule 2014-2015.  Today I am going to elaborate on our very early early morning routine.  How we transition from drop off/bus loading, to all school assembly, morning fitness and eventually make it back to the room!  For some classes, this may be a simple task.  For us in Room 83, this is a very systematic routine we learn at the beginning of the year so no kids go missing, no tantrums, and no rough starts to our day.  I've learned that if we start off on the wrong foot, it's way harder to get back on track than if we just had a good morning!  I get a lot of questions about how I handle the bus drop off pick up, so this post is for those questions! If this is not a problem for you, skip down to the bottom of this post where I talk about morning fitness!

So how do we get from Point A (bus drop off) to Point B (classroom)?


My Daily Schedule- 2014-2015

I get a million questions about how I schedule my day.  I keep it super simple.  Literally, THE most simple schedule ever.  I keep everyone on the same schedule and make individual accommodations within each rotation/activity.  By keeping the whole class **(for the most part) all together, it makes staffing and planning that much easier.  I am able to utilize my aides much easier this way!


Taking Behavioral Data

Let’s face it; behaviors are the backbone to any classroom. Especially when your talking about a special needs classroom.  This year I have students with Autism, learning disabilities, down syndrome and health impairments.  Whether it’s the positive behaviors, stemming behaviors, sensory seeking behaviors, attention seeking behaviors or just straight distractive behaviors, they affect every aspect of the classroom. 

My Calm Down Kit is the backbone to most interventions used in my classroom. It has been a big seller and the most asked about product of mine. I created these data sheets for my own use with specific IEP goals that I have written for my students over the years. I decided to create this product to help drive instruction and behavioral interventions within your classroom. There is SO MUCH included that I am choosing to break down this bundle by each product included in the Calm Down Kit that is for sell in my TpT store.

With that, I wanted to do a short description of each item included in the Calm Down Kit- and the uses they may provide. Of course- these items are not limited to what is described below...use as you wish  Also included are sample IEP goals you can use to build social emotional skills with the use of the Calm Down Kit. 



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September Idea's!

The first day of school is right around the corner for me.  With that being said, I went through all of my september files today and pulled out a bunch of goodies!  I design my crafts and fun activities around my September Vocabulary Unit.  I use these words to build functional vocabulary for my students.


Monday Motivator- Summer coming to an end!

I'm SO excited that I got my keys to my classroom today.  It's always a huge stress reliever for me being able to get back into the room and start organizing and planning! With that said… summer is officially over for me!!!