Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sorting "Expected" vs. "Unexpected" Behavior Pictures

If you know my philosophy on teaching my kiddos about appropriate behavior, you would know that I think it is fine to categorize behavior as "good" and "bad" when teaching kids with autism.  However, I know this is up for debate with many people.  This is simply my own opinion...when working with kids with lower language skills, I find this concept is easier to latch onto than using more subjective terms.  With that being said, at my new job, the terms of choice are "expected" and "unexpected" behavior.  So, I am trying something new and seeing how it works...I'll keep you posted if I change my mind. ☺ 

Anyways, during our social skills group, one of my staff members did this great sorting activity.  She verbally gave a scenario or explanation of the picture and had the kids sort pictures of expected and unexpected behavior onto 2 different color pieces of paper.  I love sorting activities because I think this is extremely beneficial for kids with autism, most of whom are very visual learners.  I have made these visuals available for FREE here in case you are interested in re-creating this activity in your classroom....I did not make include any terms for behavior...so you can call it whatever you want good/bad, appropriate/inappropriate, expected/unexpected ☺  NowI am curious...what are your terms of choice? 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Belated Holiday Craft Ideas

Happy Holidays (a couple weeks late!!)  Well, even though the holidays are over, I though I would share these cute crafts we did this December.  If you like them, you can always put them on your to-do list for next year :-)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Co-Teaching in an Autism Classroom: Planning

Throughout this miniseries, I really wanted to share with you one of the best things I ever did as a teacher: Co-Teaching.  Co-Teaching with one of my colleagues best friends was almost always the highlight of my day.  I learned so much from her, and I truly believe that the two of us working together helped our kids make more progress than either one of us could have done alone.

Co-teaching is not something I started with in my first year of teaching...I waited until I was a few years in before taking on this project.  Since our co-teaching set-up is quite complex and involves a decent amount of prep work, I am going to take the next few days to bring you through the nitty gritty of co-teaching in an autism classroom.

Today is the final day of my miniseries on co-teaching. Please feel free to click on any of the links below to read more about what goes into setting up Co-Teaching in your own classroom.

7.  How to Plan for Co-Teaching

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Co-Teaching in an Autism Classroom: Scheduling

Throughout this miniseries of posts, I really want to share with you one of the best things I ever did as a teacher: Co-Teaching.  Co-Teaching with one of my colleagues best friends was almost always the highlight of my day.  I learned so much from her, and I truly believe that the two of us working together helped our kids make more progress than either one of us could have done alone.

Co-teaching is not something I started with in my first year of teaching...I waited until I was a few years in before taking on this project.  Since our co-teaching set-up is quite complex and involves a decent amount of prep work, I am going to take the next few days to bring you through the nitty gritty of co-teaching in an autism classroom.
 
We will cover:
6.  How to Schedule Co-Teaching
7.  How to Plan for Co-Teaching

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Co-Teaching in an Autism Classroom: Grouping Students

Well…it is almost the New Year and I want to get back on the blogging bandwagon.  I fell off the wagon when I moved to a new city, started a new job, got a puppy, and started house-hunting.  Although I ‘d like to say I was extremely busy, I’ve actually been having a lot of fun relaxing at home with my husband and puppy, reconnecting with old friends, making new friends, and spending more time with my family. However, I have missed blogging and creating for TPT and am excited to be back.  I have been gathering blogging ideas and have a nice long list of topics to share with you!

Before moving onto new topics, I need to wrap up my Co-Teaching miniseries from the fall…

 Throughout this miniseries of posts, I really wanted to share with you one of the best things I ever did as a teacher: Co-Teaching.  Co-Teaching with one of my colleagues best friends was almost always the highlight of my day.  I learned so much from her, and I truly believe that the two of us working together helped our kids make more progress than either one of us could have done alone.



Co-teaching is not something I started with in my first year of teaching...I waited until I was a few years in before taking on this project.  Since our co-teaching set-up is quite complex and involves a decent amount of prep work, I am going to take the next few days to bring you through the nitty gritty of co-teaching in an autism classroom.

We will cover:
5.  Grouping in Co-Teaching
6.  How to Schedule Co-Teaching
7.  How to Plan for Co-Teaching

Monday, December 1, 2014

CYBER MONDAY (and Tuesday) SALE!

It's one of the best days of the year...Cyber Monday!  And what better way to celebrate than offering 28% off my entire store with code TPTCYBER.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thankful for Special Educations BLOG HOP

What would we do without special educators in the world?  You are some of the most dedicated, hard working people that I know.  I am so excited that Christine from Autism Classroom News decided to put together this blog hop full of FREEBIES for all of you hard working special educators out there!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday....and check back soon for details on my CYBER MONDAY Sale!