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Independent Work Schedule for High Functioning Students

Apr 16

Independent Work Schedule for High Functioning Students

You know what drives me crazy? Those spare five minutes with nothing planned that seem to pop up like chickenpox throughout your school day. A fast working student finishes their work early. A para is out and you have nobody to run a station. Some students are working longer on an activity and the other few students have nothing to do. My go-to for my higher...

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Planting & Gardening Worksheets {free}

Apr 15

Planting & Gardening Worksheets {free}

  There are so many great themes and vocabulary to work on in the spring! I love work on planting and gardening activities this time of year. The vocabulary are functional, everything is super adorable, and it ties in nicely to doing some actual classroom planting. If you aren’t brave enough to tackle classroom planting (yes, I did have dirt in my hair...

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Bingo BUNDLES

Apr 14

Bingo BUNDLES

I might have a weird obsession with bingo. Okay – fine. I have a huge obsession with bingo. But you tell me there’s an activity that I can do with both my lower and higher functioning students that can target both expressive/receptive language and inferences/problem solving AND it’s disguised as a game AND I only need to laminate 3 pages –...

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Dying Easter Eggs to Target IEP Goals

Apr 11

Dying Easter Eggs to Target IEP Goals

We did a really fun art/cooking activity that left my room smelling like vinegar for days. I guess a better smell than the usually  preteen funk the fills our nostrils. No really. Preteen boys are just smelly. No matter how much they shower. Anyways – we dyed Easter eggs! It was so much fun and a great way to work on follow directions, color identification,...

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Mini Sensory Bins

Apr 10

Mini Sensory Bins

When I have visitors or observers in my room I sometimes get asked where my sensory area is. I don’t have a specific sensory area on purpose and for several reasons. One – I don’t really have enough room. My classroom is not massive and every inch is utilized. Two – I think sensory breaks should be embedded throughout the day as needed....

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Jelly Bean Taste Test {work on vocab, predictions, & more!}

Apr 09

Jelly Bean Taste Test {work on vocab, predictions, & more!}

My kids were so pumped to do this activity! So was I! I have a soft spot for jelly beans. After this activity – I probably literally have a soft spot because I ate so many! Last year, I literally had to put my bag of jelly beans on top of a cabinet so I couldn’t get into it easily. I know. My self control is impressive, right.  I can’t help...

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Bunny Mix Recipe {free download}

Apr 08

Bunny Mix Recipe {free download}

I am contemplating making a batch of this recipe for myself on my next crappy-drown my sorrows in bad for me food-kinda day… that’s how amazing this tasted. Seriously – so delicious! My kids had a blast making this and then completely gorged themselves eating. I’m talking – dead silence in my classroom as they shoveling this yummy treat...

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Fine Motor Rainy Craft

Apr 07

Fine Motor Rainy Craft

As part of our planting and gardening unit, we did this super adorable craft last week. And this little goodie is an occupational therapist’s dream. So much fine motor skill development packed into one short activity – talk about bang for your buck. You know I thrive on activities that hit a multitude of goals at one time! This craft got my kids out of...

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Easter File Folder Activities {beat the spring boredom!}

Apr 04

Easter File Folder Activities {beat the spring boredom!}

LOVING myself some seasonal file folder activities! You may be able to tell if you follow me on teachers pay teachers. Valentines, St. Patty’s, and up next – Easter! We having been using our file folders nonstop lately. I always tell new teachers – you need work to spare in every corner of your classroom! I having binders and bins of work tasks...

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Data {Discrete Trial vs. Fluency}

Apr 03

Data {Discrete Trial vs. Fluency}

When it comes to academic data, all of my goals and programs fall into two categories: Discrete Trial Training and Fluency Instruction. I choose different skills for different reasons. It’s essential to include both types of programming into your classroom curriculum in order to develop skills that are mastered and functional. So let’s scale back and...

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Autism Awareness Day & Our Impact as a Teacher

Apr 02

Autism Awareness Day & Our Impact as a Teacher

I wrote this post last week and scheduled it out not even realizing today would be National Autism Awareness Day. Coincidence? I think not. I think it’s perfectly fitting. It’s only Wednesday but I’ve already had an emotionally draining week. My 13 loves that I spend my day with have so many obstacles to overcome – each and every day. Breaks...

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April Products

Apr 01

April Products

As I wrote the title of this post I did so with genuine and somewhat desperate hope that this next month will bring some dang warmer weather with it. Spring? You there? Puh-lease! I could use a little sunshine therapy and warmer temps so I can finally pack up my boots and puffy coats. Yesterday I shared my leveled April Language Arts lesson plans. There are load of...

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April Leveled Lesson Plans

Mar 31

April Leveled Lesson Plans

April is here and another round of lesson plans and links! We have spring break in April so there are a bit less links than normal. Not that I have a countdown or anything… In my low level reading group we will be focusing on letter recognition, following directions, and color identification.  My mid group is still really struggling with noun...

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Marvelous Math Apps {free}

Mar 28

Marvelous Math Apps {free}

Everyone and their mother knows how much I am obsessed with my iPads. With more and more amazing apps released each day, I’m sadly admitting – my obsession is at an all time high. I’ve had a few posts detailing my love of that small touch screen box of heaven; I’ve talked about my favorite Literacy Apps, Free Apps, and Charting Data on the...

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Autism Awareness Unit

Mar 27

Autism Awareness Unit

April is Autism Awareness month and I use this opportunity each year to further the knowledge and understanding of my school community. Like many special education classrooms, my class of students with autism is in a general education school setting. My students share the environment with their general education peers. When I started working here, I felt that the...

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Motor Imitation Fluency Video Tutorial

Mar 26

Motor Imitation Fluency Video Tutorial

Imitation is one of the most essential and basic foundational skills we can teach our students. Our students need to learn how to attend to the movements and action of another person before you can even start on more complex communication skills, social abilities, and higher level tasks. Your student first needs to imitate. And this imitation needs to be – you...

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What’s Bugging You? Shapes & Sizes

Mar 25

What’s Bugging You? Shapes & Sizes

This is one of those moments that I really wish I could share video of my students. My one guy reading this book is just about the most hilarious thing you have ever seen. He covers his mouth and shouts “Oh no” on each page and I about fall out of my navy blue swivel chair. Now besides the cute and humorous nature of the book, let’s get to the nitty...

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ZAC Browser {free internet browser for children with autism}

Mar 24

ZAC Browser {free internet browser for children with autism}

  If you don’t use ZAC Browser yet – you are in for a real Monday treat! This incredibly awesome and FREE program is a web browser designed specifically for children with autism. I love the story behind it – it was developed by grandparents of a child with autism. So you know they knew how to make this great.   Why it’s so amazing...

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Mother & Son Bring Awareness to Autism Through Art

Mar 23

Mother & Son Bring Awareness to Autism Through Art

I wanted to share a great story of a family working together to help bring awareness to autism while simultaneously developing a life long hobby turned business venture. Read on: North Venice, Florida – (January 2013) – Patti Gay and her son Noah are a talented mother/son art team, known for their nature-themed prints. But what makes their art particularly...

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Graphing on the iPad {Numbers App}

Mar 21

Graphing on the iPad {Numbers App}

I’m excited about this one because I have a secret job promoting apple products. Okay no I don’t but sometimes I feel like I do because I’m so obsessed. Beyond obsessed. On a regular basis in tucked in med spooning my apple trifecta (macbook, iPad, and iPhone). My best and biggest technology tip is not surprisingly related to one of these loves:...

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