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No Teacher Desk? No Problem! Video Tutorial

Feb 05

No Teacher Desk? No Problem! Video Tutorial

I wasn’t quite sure how to title this video tutorial. I thought about naming it video tutorial of the super all in one area – but that seemed odd. Naming it the video tutorial of the direct instruction, morning meeting, math groups, and teacher desk area seemed too wordy. This station is really the main hub of my classroom. If my classroom where the white...

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Academic Fluency Instruction

Feb 04

Academic Fluency Instruction

I have shared my video tutorial of Running Fluency Programs. Yes, I’m hear to talk about fluency again. I love it. There are so many ways to use fluency instruction – it is literally crazy. Yes, crazy. I have been really upping the game for some of my higher functioning students’ fluency instruction. We have added in parts of speech fluency,...

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February Resources & Plans

Feb 03

February Resources & Plans

  February is a month of love, chocolate, wintery snow, and chocolate. Did I say chocolate? It’s fun for me to plan a month full of girlie, pink, glitter, frilly fun. I have two girls in my class and the poor things are constantly overwhelmed with ninjas, trains, family guy, farting burping… you get it. Finally it’s their moment in the sun for...

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February Links & Ideas

Feb 02

February Links & Ideas

Arctic Animals, Valentine’s, Snowmen, and Winter Theme come together for a jam packed February. In my high level reading group, we will be continuing to work on character traits, context clues, and narrative fact & opinion writing. In my mid group, we will be working on noun/verb identification, compare/contrast, and story elements. Busy freaken bees in...

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Age Appropriate Chew Fidgets

Jan 30

Age Appropriate Chew Fidgets

You want to know what absolutely makes my skin crawl? Teens and adults with completely babyish materials. When I walk into a high school classroom and see wooden puzzles and hard cardboard picture books I want to pull out my hair and scream. Don’t worry- I behave much more appropriately than that. I understand how hard it can be to maintain an age appropriate...

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Vocal Imitation

Jan 29

Vocal Imitation

A vocal imitation program is a good way to help train up sound approximations! This is ideal for students with very limited vocal skills, but who can make some sounds and imitate novel on. To start things off, identify one or two approximation your kiddo can sound out successfully, then identify two or three more that you want to train. These can be approximations to...

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Structured Student Work Area: Video Tutorial

Jan 28

Structured Student Work Area: Video Tutorial

Sometimes we need to go to great lengths to ensure that the classroom environment works for our students. Instead of trying to adapt all areas of your room, it might be more beneficial for some students to have their own work area. Structuring a work area can be a highly effective antecedent intervention that can prevent problem behaviors before they occur. I caught...

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Flow Chart Cheat Sheet – Make a Behavior Plan Easy to Follow

Jan 27

Flow Chart Cheat Sheet – Make a Behavior Plan Easy to Follow

Hectic classrooms can make following a behavior plan pretty challenging. Remembering what to do whenever the kiddo does “X” or “Y” or “Z” … not to mention “G!”, can be difficult when running a large classroom through a series of class activities. So when I created a behavior plan for a typically developing kiddo in a kindergarten classroom, I took...

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Social Skills: Teaching Complimenting

Jan 26

Social Skills: Teaching Complimenting

Wanna hear a dirty little secret from my classroom? I prompt my kids to compliment me. I know. I sound vain. And as much as I love hearing endless compliments about my new purple sweater from 14 year old boys, as always, there is method to the madness. And don’t worry – the compliments aren’t just for me. I prompt them to compliment everyone....

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Valentine File Folder Activities

Jan 22

Valentine File Folder Activities

What to hear some sad? Sometimes I forget to thoroughly include all of my students in the seasonal fun. Now don’t jump down my throat – all of my students participate in holiday parties, seasonal cooking, and crafts. Except I am way better – or maybe it’s easier – to make seasonal activities for my more academic students. I love make...

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Tips & Tricks for Initial Observations

Jan 21

Tips & Tricks for Initial Observations

Initial observations are something teachers and clinicians are sometimes asked to do. Whether it be to give a colleague a fresh perspective, conduct a needs assessment for an in-coming student, or consult with teachers in your building there are some easy ways to make these first impressions meaningful and successful. ABA Expert Grace will share her tried and true,...

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New Year – Renewed Focus

Jan 20

New Year – Renewed Focus

We have all settled into 2015. I am even getting used to writing it on the board every day. I’m not big on new year’s resolutions but every new year gives a fresh breeze of good intentions and renewed energy. This year I will eat healthier, be nicer, work harder, etc. With this renewed sense of self, there is something I have been trying to focus on...

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Differentiated Penguin Unit

Jan 19

Differentiated Penguin Unit

Penguins and adorable arctic creatures fit right into the middle of this chilly month. Thematic units are a great way to help your classroom feel more cohesive. Everyone is working on the same theme but focusing on topics at their level. It’s inclusion at it’s greatest. With my students who are higher functioning we did a variety of penguin themed read...

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Identifying Student Preferences

Jan 15

Identifying Student Preferences

One of the most critical aspects of any ABA program is rewards! These are most often items that your kiddo loves to engage in (activities), play with (toys), or partake of (food), and can be provided for good work or appropriate behaviors. To identify potentially effective rewards, ABA practitioners often use preference assessments that involve the child choosing...

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Increasing On-Task Behavior

Jan 14

Increasing On-Task Behavior

A classroom teacher had a student who got up from her seat and walked across the room frequently during instructional times. While I’m sure you can relate, this can be very disruptive! Having to redirect a child back to their seat can mean losing focus on what you’re talking about; not to mention it distracts other students! After some data collection, I found...

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Snowflake Crafting

Jan 12

Snowflake Crafting

We have been hitting the snow theme hard lately. December was overflowing with Christmas activities that we didn’t even touch on one snow activity. I was saving it for January – because we all know how long January can be. We need plenty of fun activities to get us through. Also up on the agenda this month: glue/shaving cream snowman, sensory snow bin,...

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Winter Writing Prompts

Jan 08

Winter Writing Prompts

Thematic writing is the best. The kids are into it. It’s functional. We get to discuss vocabulary and concept that are relevant (can you say future conversation starter!?). I have a big ole’ packet full of tons of fun winter themed writing activities – Write about Winter!. January is a long month before February starts with the entourage of...

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Differentiated Snowman Activities

Jan 07

Differentiated Snowman Activities

During December I stand strong with one essentially important rule – no snowmen until January. There are way too many ridiculously cute pinterest inspired Christmas activities to fit in during December and January can be just so – January. A little snowman loving is sure to help this drab month whisk by. Santa and Rudolph have been long packed up and...

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January Must-Have Resources

Jan 06

January Must-Have Resources

January can be a rough one. We are in a winter break food and DVR hangover. When you glance at the clock at 9:30 you think, “dang, one week ago today and I was still in my jammies sipping some coffee and now I’m elbow deep in behavior plans and file folder activities.” Luckily I have a bunch of trusty products to help get me through the month! Some...

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January Links & Resources

Jan 05

January Links & Resources

Back to the grindstone! I am all ready for January with this list of great freebie resources. These materials will keep us busy as a teacher the first morning back after winter break. I made sure to grab a venti coffee this sad Monday morning. I will need to be in overdrive before those bundles of energy coming storming through my door busting to tell me every detail...

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