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

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. 

Planning ahead as a teacher is crucial to keep students engaged and occupied during the school day.  Our students and parents love crafts, however it is a lot of work to prepare for them.  Here are a simple tips to make art time that much easier. Have all materials prepped the month prior, organized in a large Ziploc baggie or manila envelope for each craft.   Have a post it note with the needed supplies for that day such as scissors and glue etc. Then, when you are ready to do the craft you have everything planned out ahead of time!  Here are some prepped December crafts.  Here are a few samples:

If you are lucky to have a restroom within your classroom, organization of bathroom supplies is easy.  However, if you have to walk students to the restroom, it is important to organize the necessary supplies so that you are not stranded in the restroom.  Simply create a “bathroom bag” in a bag large enough to store the items with a zipper to keep your belongings tight!

I store all of my calendar materials in the top drawer of a file cabinet I keep in the front of the classroom.

It is a good idea to have extra worksheets already copied ready to go.  This is important for when you need time fillers throughout the day.  Organize copies of worksheets by subjects in labeled bins for quick and easy access by teachers and staff.

It is important to have work centers organized.  By color coding your student groups (high group, medium group and low group) it will make centers much easier to manage.  Students working cards, folders and group signs will all match.  This will make it super easy for staff to implement efficient work centers.

WOHOOO!  Chapter 11 is a wrap.  Tomorrow we will be talking about a sensitive subject…. Staffing.  My staff is my rock- without them none of this would be possible!

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