This blog post is a fun one for me. What I am about to talk about goes against the grain of EVERY special education teacher's instinct. Yes, you read it right. We are going to talk about sabotaging our daily schedules that are so crucial to our students success. To read about visual schedules in my classroom click HERE to learn about some of the best practices of special education schedules!
One of the toughest things our kiddos experience in a special education classroom is confusion. My students struggle the most when our schedules get mixed up, out of order or something happens out of our control that requires flexibility. As special education teachers, we cannot always predict certain aspects of our day. Sometimes a tantrum may require a smooth transition outside for a walk, a surprise fire drill, a visitor walk through or a cancelled special. This can cause such epic tantrums in my classroom that I have started a new thing called "schedule sabotage." This is when I mess something up on purpose. Teaching flexibility is an important skill because our students will not have a perfectly planned out life- they must learn to go with the flow. This is not an easy task. But whenever I do mess something up I let my staff now ahead of time so we are ready to cope with any side affects we may get.