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Michelle’s Classroom Tour: Math Center

Michelle’s Classroom Tour: Math Center

I’m so excited to talk about my math center instruction! For starters, my classroom is a TK-1st grade autism classroom.  I structure our day with six different centers, which makes for a nicely structured environment.  My centers include various subjects such as...

Practice Life Centers

Practice Life Centers

Community-based instruction is an awesome opportunity for students ready to leave their school site and practice their independent skills in a variety of real-life settings. But, what about your students who need more than the typical classroom environment but are not...

Easy Matching Workbooks with Young Learners

Easy Matching Workbooks with Young Learners

As an Infants & Toddlers special education teacher, I feel so privileged to work as the frontline of young learners first experience with skill acquisition.  I really do get to see where it all begins!  I love using child-led play, daily routines, and structured...

How To Teach Rule Following

How To Teach Rule Following

Rules and routines are a large part of classroom functioning. Management of the classroom and instructional control come from clear and concise definitions of rules. Creating rules as a group or individually does not always have to be a lecturing style. Teaching and...

Focus on Five: Giving Students Feedback

Focus on Five: Giving Students Feedback

Sometimes, towards the end of the school year, student behaviors can increase. Maybe bad habits have formed, students know the end of the year is close or maybe even they are just developing age-appropriate rebellious behaviors as they are getting older. Whatever the...

Vacationing With an Autistic Child

Vacationing With an Autistic Child

Vacationing with an autistic child can be incredibly challenging. I know because currently we are at a resort at Disney and my autistic son is frustrated because the WIFI is out. Honestly, that is frustrating to me as well. And while often it seems like the challenges...

Preparing for ESY

Preparing for ESY

The hustle and bustle of preparing for the end of the school year can be overwhelming.  Now, add in planning and prepping for the extended school year, and you just added another item to your to-do list.  Preparing for the extended school year can be simple and easy...

ESY Tips and Tricks

ESY Tips and Tricks

First thing’s first, congrats on making it to the month of May! I can’t tell if this school year has gone in the blink of an eye or has taken all of eternity; regardless, take a moment to commend yourself for getting here. Being a teacher is hard and you deserve to...

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