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Using Mini Schedules in Your Classroom

Using Mini Schedules in Your Classroom

  Mini schedules are your visuals schedule’s cooler younger sister. She’s always down for a good time and will help you out whenever needed. Same with these little sets of visuals glory. They are quick and simple yet immensely useful. Don’t...

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Behavior Visuals

Behavior Visuals

When I am mad, like raging someone just stole my last roll of velcro coins mad, I don’t want to talk to anyone. The English language becomes difficult to understand and don’t you even try to reason with me. I am seeing red. Our kids are the same way. And...

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Academic Visuals

Academic Visuals

Visuals are your best friend for a wide range of academics concepts in your class. Remember why we are using visuals and get ready to plop them into all of your academic instruction. Check out my favorite anchor charts (& why I LOVE using anchor charts), visual...

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How to Use Visuals Purposefully and Effectively

How to Use Visuals Purposefully and Effectively

We are big time bossy pants. We are. It’s in our nature. We can’t help it sometimes. Think about how often you give a verbal direction in your classroom. Almost constantly. Think about all of the things you say on a daily basis and make sure you have...

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Why Are Visuals so Important?

Why Are Visuals so Important?

Visuals are another important component to have and use in your classroom.  Why are visuals so important?  Imagine you were dropped off in a foreign country and didn’t speak that language.  You can hear people talking to you but you have no ideas what the person is...

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Managing Your Student Schedules: Tips & Tricks

Managing Your Student Schedules: Tips & Tricks

Let’s be real. Setting up picture schedules is a pain the a**. And things that are a pain in the a** are things that we eventually “forget” to do. As we have stressed this week during our schedule-palooza: schedules are a not a choice. Schedules are...

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8 Types of Visual Student Schedules

8 Types of Visual Student Schedules

1. Object Schedules Most basic and concrete type of schedule. Use actual objects as the cue of what activities are to come. Good for students with visual impairments, severe/profound cognitive disabilities, and early learners. 2. Picture Schedules Pictures help our...

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Creating a Staff Schedule

Creating a Staff Schedule

Once you have a created a beautiful excel schedule (ahem… see yesterday’s post), you work with excel is not over. We discussed briefly yesterday the staff schedule portion of the almighty excel document. You have to work on your student schedule and staff...

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Tips for Scheduling Your Special Ed Classroom

Tips for Scheduling Your Special Ed Classroom

Making a schedule is the trickiest part of the school year. I always compare it to sudoku but it’s honestly even more frustrating than that. Because at least with sudoku there is eventually some perfect way everything fits in (whether or not my mathematically...

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Why You Need Schedules in Your Classroom

Why You Need Schedules in Your Classroom

We are constantly talking about schedules, schedules, schedules. What’s the big whoop? Why are schedules so important for children with autism? And why are they a must-have for your classroom? Is there some secret schedule cult you haven’t been invited to...

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