Behavior

Including Data, Interventions, Organization, Schedules and Visuals
Teaching at the Farmer’s Market

Teaching at the Farmer’s Market

Spring has sprung which hopefully means somewhere near you is a blossoming Farmer’s Market! I love going to the Farmer’s Market – fresh produce, flowers, local meat, and fresh squeezed lemonade – it’s my favorite place to spend a Saturday morning. But what I love most...

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The Art of Planned Ignoring

The Art of Planned Ignoring

Planned ignoring is defined as deliberately withholding your attention from a specific target behavior. You may be thinking, Aha! I do this with my own children/significant other/grandpa, and indeed you may. We do this in an educational setting to ensure that we are...

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Spring Prep

Spring Prep

Let's Talk Spring Prep Who's team prep early? I am! I didn't used to be. In fact, when I taught general education, I didn't prep anything in the spring for the following school year. Now that I'm in Special Ed. I take every opportunity I can to get ready for the next...

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My Sensory Life: Smell

My Sensory Life: Smell

Here we are in Spring where April showers bring May flowers. I have heard that saying many times in my life and just figured that it was referring to the Mayflower that the pilgrims came on and the “April showers'' part just placed a picture of a calendar on the month...

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Using Playground Equipment to Meet Sensory Needs

Using Playground Equipment to Meet Sensory Needs

When you think about meeting the sensory needs of your students, it can initially seem overwhelming.  You may feel like you need to purchase a lot of really expensive things or request a special sensory room.  The good news is, that is not necessarily the case!  There...

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My Sensory Life: Taste

My Sensory Life: Taste

Does your child or yourself fit under the labels such as “picky eater,” “particular about food,” “meticulous in taste,” or “precautious eater.” I for one fit under these terms, but I learned I’m not really the one to blame. When asked or persuaded, I do try new foods,...

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Heavy Work Activities for the Classroom

Heavy Work Activities for the Classroom

All of the students (and adults!) in your classroom will present with different sensory profiles, and it is important to build a classroom environment that can meet a variety of sensory needs.  As you build sensory experiences into your school day, consider...

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March Fun!

March Fun!

As a special education teacher working in early childhood (both in the classroom and in homes), some of the most language-promoting activities I have done involved following a visual recipe.  Now of course with COVID-19 and different protocols, this may have thrown a...

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How to Work With a High Student, Low Staff Ratio

How to Work With a High Student, Low Staff Ratio

Let’s talk about how to work in a special education class with a high student, low staff ratio! Now, I know, this is a touchy subject - class size.  Special education is known for their lower class sizes, or are they?  This year, in addition to having a large class...

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