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.
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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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.2
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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