I’m linking up again with Blog Hoppin’ for Teacher Week. Today’s line up: Where I Teach Wednesday!
I teach self-contained autism at the intermediate level – grades 5-8. My classroom is in a regular elementary school. There are actually 4 autism classes in my building. The students with autism come from all over the district, not just the surrounding neighborhood, and are bused in. The district I work in places self contained rooms in schools all over the city. Whenever a child is placed in this program, they look at what classrooms are nearest to the child and where there are openings. So my students live all over the city! Most of the students in my school qualify for free/reduced lunch and the school population is very ethnically diverse. Last year they put flags in the hallway to represent all of the different ethnicities of our students and it went all the way across one floor!
My classroom is made up of 10 students all with a diagnosis of autism. Some of them have an additional diagnosis as well including cognitive impairment, epilepsy, speech apraxia, and deaf/hard of hearing. The set up of my classroom is highly structured and routine based (for setup tips, check out my classroom page).
Here is what my classroom looks like (now):
Ahhhhh – such a mess!! This picture doesn’t even capture it. I had to go in today for a meeting but we aren’t allowed to set up our classrooms yet – SUCH A TEASE! I’m dying to get in there and get going. Check back next week for my pretty and organized classroom photos 🙂