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Interactive Activities {TAH in Your Class}

Nov 26

Interactive Activities {TAH in Your Class}

You know an activity is great when it gets students, teachers, and aids involved. Here are some great shots of interactions inside the classroom, check it out! These are all teachers just like you! They sent us in some snapshots of TAH products in action in their classroom. Click the link at the bottom of the page to join in on the fun and send some of your photos...

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Fan-TASK-tic Task Systems {TAH in Your Class}

Nov 25

Fan-TASK-tic Task Systems {TAH in Your Class}

Work stations are the way to go to get everything done efficiently. Having one place to keep everything means students can work more independently. This work station has our writing binders on the top shelf. The second shelf is the fluency shelf, students have their fluency binders and cards. Lastly the third shelf is reading puzzles. Everything has it’s...

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Using Adapted Books {TAH in Your Class}

Nov 24

Using Adapted Books {TAH in Your Class}

It’s Story Time! Everyone knows books are a necessity when it comes to teaching reading skills and increasing vocabularies. But using adaptive books are even more beneficial with special needs classes. Luckily the kids find them interesting and don’t hesitate to start reading. Take a look at what teachers like you sent us about which adaptive books their students...

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Teaching Wants vs. Needs

Nov 21

Teaching Wants vs. Needs

Teaching the concept of thankful can be ridiculously challenging. Well I bit off a little more than I could chew and took on teaching wants vs. needs. Again a great and necessary concept to teach but it was hard for my kids! They did really well though. We did tons of examples and these word sorts were the perfect accompaniment. I think it was really good for my kids...

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Science File Folder Activities

Nov 20

Science File Folder Activities

Science concepts can be difficult to target at the foundation level. Teaching some of these higher level and more abstract can be very hard for some of our students to understand. Use these fun and engaging file folder activities to teach basic science themes. File folder activities are great because they are structured, easy for your students to understand, and...

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Setting Up a an Easy-to-Use Program Binder

Nov 19

Setting Up a an Easy-to-Use Program Binder

A program binder will guide your instruction and help you keep track of both academic and behavioral data. However, there is a lot that needs to go into one binder and the organization can be challenging. If you have a high-needs student, you cannot waste time trying to find the right page or clarify what you are working on. In those critical few seconds of searching...

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Thanksgiving Party Prepping

Nov 18

Thanksgiving Party Prepping

I am a go all out kinda girl. I like to do things big – borderline over the top, in the gray area of ridiculousness, and questionably out of control. I want a 12 foot Christmas tree, 6 inch stilettos, unlimited toppings on my ice cream sundae, 3 layer birthday cakes, and purses that are bigger than the left side of my body. I like to bring the best present with...

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Using Cartoons to Teach Social Skills

Nov 17

Using Cartoons to Teach Social Skills

Last year, we used this great farm comic template I found from Whimsy Workshop Teacher to work on idioms. I loved the idea of having this word bubbles to practice our new idioms we had been working on.  We made our comics using the idioms we had worked on. This worked really well since idioms are funny. My kids had a blast and it was a great way to work on a...

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Keeping Your Token Economy Changing

Nov 14

Keeping Your Token Economy Changing

When something is effective and helpful, we get really nervous to change it. When I make suggestions like that to teachers, I was get this look in response like I have just asked them use permanent markers on the dry erase board. They think I’m insane. Why change something that is working? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I get it. I really do. But...

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Double-Sided Visual Schedule

Nov 13

Double-Sided Visual Schedule

  Schedules sometimes need some tweaks and accommodations. The typical visual schedule doesn’t work for every learner. You need to really analyze each of your students’ schedules to ensure that the schedule is functional and effective. With one student, data had shown us that the student after a long period of time still relied on adult prompting and...

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Wh- Question Bingo

Nov 12

Wh- Question Bingo

Every year there are a few resources that I gravitate to. They are my go-to’s. The perfect combination of being at my students’ level and also understandable for them. It’s not too confusing or too hard. These resources change a bit each year depending on who my students are and what level they are at. But these resources tend to be easy for me to...

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Tracking Homework Success

Nov 11

Tracking Homework Success

A little self-monitoring can go a long way. We have been using my Leveled Homework resource this year and it has made my life a billion times easier. And when I say a billion – I literally mean a billion. Homework is prepared for each of my kids at their individual level. Now comes making sure they actually do the perfectly prepared homework. Some self-...

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Guided Reading Groups: Kindle Edition

Nov 10

Guided Reading Groups: Kindle Edition

I love guided reading. It’s small group instruction with leveled groups that focuses on specific skills. It gives me the chance to really focus on individualized skills with my students, take data, and provide instruction that is exactly at their level. My struggle is a resource issue. I have loads of books. My mom went on a garage and 1/2 price books binge a...

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My Favorite Fall Craft :)

Nov 07

My Favorite Fall Craft :)

Let me admit this right up front. This is stolen from pinterest (follow me!). For sure stolen. I’m clearly not this creative and cutesy. I try but luckily I don’t need to – pinterest does it for me Woohoo. These trees turned out super adorable and could be done by all of my students. Cute, check. Accessible for all levels, check. Works on fine...

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Thanksgiving Cartoons in a Reading Lesson

Nov 06

Thanksgiving Cartoons in a Reading Lesson

I can’t help but share this repost from a few years ago. It’s perfectly seasonal and one of my favorite activities. When doing my November lesson planning, I knew this would be perfect for my mid level reading group. This is a great activity to engage even your most work-resistant kiddos. So I did something a little unconventional. I let my kids watch tv....

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Teaching Being Thankful

Nov 05

Teaching Being Thankful

Working on abstract concepts such as being thankful is SO challenging for our kiddos because of their language deficits. A diagnostic criteria of autism is a language delay. Language is HARD for our kids. So explaining something in terms of language goes right over their heads sometimes. The key to learning new vocabulary is through associations and categorizing. If...

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Freebie: True & False Turkey Task Cards

Nov 04

Freebie: True & False Turkey Task Cards

I’m sure we can all commiserate about the ever increasing testing demands that even impact our students with the highest needs. I recently had to administer a citywide standardized test to two students with autism because they didn’t qualify for the alternate assessment. I knew they had no idea what was going on. Ugh. Waste of time for all involved. This...

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November Freebie Links

Nov 03

November Freebie Links

November is upon us my friends! I blinked and October flew by like a witch on her broom. I’ve been hanging on tight and repeating the “just keep swimming, just keep swimming” mantra in my head. This fall has been insanely busy! I swear I would give my pinky finger for five days to just catch up! Luckily Thanksgiving and Winter Break will (hopefully)...

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Tips for Staying Sane on Halloween

Oct 30

Tips for Staying Sane on Halloween

#halloweenistomorrow #hyperkids #toomuchcandy #partiescausemeltdowns #nostructure #schedulechanges #worstnightmare #halloweennightmare #teachertears Halloween can be terrifying. It can be just down right horrific. Picture this: unanticipated schedule changes, unstructured class parties, loud classrooms, pounds of candy, unusual costumes, and did I mention –...

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Visual Craft Instructions {free}

Oct 29

Visual Craft Instructions {free}

Here is a free printable for the visual directions for crayon melting. This is a super fun activity and it uses up your leftover crayons! This is the microwave version so could be done at school or home! You can use ice cube trays, muffin tins, or small tupperware containers. We like using fun shaped ice cube trays – Ikea sells some awesome fish and heart ones!...

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