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.

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.


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!!!


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 :)


12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #12

On the12th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #11


12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #10


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!


12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #8


12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #7


12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #6

Day 6 IS HERE! I hope you've been collecting the freebies all week!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #5

Happy Hump Day!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #4

Dashing through the snow…….

Day 4 is HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway #3

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

The give-a-way keeps going!

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 :)

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!


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.


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 


Monday Motivator- Join the Fun!!!


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 :)


Decorating for the Seasons!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS From Room 83!!!!

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


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!



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

Use promo code: TPTCYBER and get 28% off everything in my store!