A Typical Day in a Virtual Structured Classroom

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Our Preschool Schedule

Our schedule was created by our district in order to keep all grades aligned. We have two sessions and two courses within our Canvas course, one for AM and one for PM. We are required to go live for first circle time and are strongly encouraged to go live during the other parts of our day. I have worked with my structured classroom team and our learner’s families in order to create a schedule that works for them. Our learners and their families attend 3 live “sessions” per day. Opening circle, small groups, and ending circle/read aloud. When families log in, they click on the “learn” tab on my landing page and that brings them to the weekly overview. On the bottom of the weekly overview are icons to choose which day of the week they need to go to.

The Day

  • Opening Circle: this is when we sing our hello song, do a Zones of regulation check in, math or literacy activity, Speech/language lessons (2 days per week), social worker activity (1 day a week), sing a song, do a nursery rhyme, practice a life skill and a social skill, and then do Calm Classroom to get ready for small groups. This group is 20 minutes, which seems like a long time on paper, however, each of our lessons are quick and fast paced in order to keep students and families engaged.
  • Small groups: each student is scheduled a 20 minute time slot for 1:1 time with myself or a related service members on their assigned days. This is where we work on IEP goals, alternate curriculum lessons, and parent training.
  • Gross motor: families are provided a calendar of gross motor activities to do on each day. They are asked to work on the activity with their child and send in any pictures or notes about how their child did.
  • Open centers: families are provided with a menu of activities to do within this time. I have created a chart within my Canvas course that lists what we want them to work on during this time. This includes extra videos from related service team members, alternate curriculum, and practice with Pivotal Response Training videos that I have created.
  • Read Aloud/ Closing circle: two days a week, our read aloud is recorded by my TAs and the families do not have to attend anything live. One day a week our English as A New Language teacher reads a book and we sing goodbye, and two days a week I read a book and we sing goodbye.

Related Service Schedule: 

My structured classroom is supported with myself and two paraprofessionals. We also have at least one related service team member in each day so that there are enough adults in the classroom to keep everyone safe. This also helps our small groups remain 1:1 and 2:1 rotations. 

Monday: Speech/language pathologist
Tuesday: English as a New Language Teacher and Physical Therapist
Wednesday: Speech/language pathologist
Thursday: Occupational Therapist
Friday: Social Worker

Office Hours

During our gross motor and open center time, my paraprofessionals and I are in our office hours. We have an open zoom link in case parents and families have any questions and concerns about the gross motor calendar or the open center menu. We also use this time to have extra meeting times with families if myself or the related service team needs more time. Lastly, we have office hours for the last 15 minutes of the day.

Utilize Paraprofessionals

Jen has posted about the many ways that she uses her TAs! If you are lucky enough to have your paraprofessionals be a part of this remote learning experience, use them! Here are a few ways that my paraprofessionals are being super helpful!

  • Record read alouds
  • Translating ABA videos I have recorded
  • Translating video models I have recorded
  • Translating during large and small groups
  • Translating notes home
  • Prep work- cutting, laminating, printing 
  • Picking up materials from my home and bringing them to school for new students
  • Stay on office hours if I need to meet with another family
  • Support lessons by holding up and showing visuals during lessons
  • Manage the chat room and the waiting room in Zoom




  1. This is sooooo helpful. Can you share more specifically your videos on pivotal response training for families? Thanks again!

  2. Hi Eve!
    Thank you for reading!
    Pivitol response training is a part of the STAR program which is the alternate curriculum used in my structured program. When working in our 1:1 Zoom calls, I review the lessons we are going to practice, help direct families on what to say, where to put the device, what gestures they might need to do, etc. I also record videos of my son and I doing PRT lessons to help coach the families. Maybe I can share more of my recorded videos with my son to help other teachers! Let me know if you have any other questions!


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