Friday, April 22, 2016

Teaching Cooking in the Classroom

Cooking was the key to my students' hearts from the very start.  Back in my first year of teaching, we used to cook every single week...sometimes multiple times a week.  Sure, I spent a lot of my own money buying materials, but when I had a group of students who could not sit together for longer than 1 minute for any typical "academic" task, I had to explore creative options to teach them in a way that was motivating!  Today's post is meant to describe not only some of the skills you can target during a cooking lesson, but also to give you a variety of ideas/resources for implementing cooking in your classroom.

Skills to Target During Cooking Lessons

We used cooking activities to practice COMMUNICATION.  I created communication boards so my students could request the necessary ingredients and supplies to complete the recipes.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays (Freebie!)

Hello again and happy holidays!  It has been some time since I posted.  Ever since re-locating a year and a half ago, I have struggled to keep up a regular posting schedule.  On the bright side, I have been taking a lot of time to spend with my family and to take care of myself.  We recently bought a house (!!) which is keeping me busy and both my husband and I started new jobs (for the second time since moving).  We are still trying to train our little stinker of a dog to sit, stay, and shake, but she is making steady progress (I haven't resorted to taking/charting data on her behavior quite yet!).

Monday, July 20, 2015

Back To School Ebook!

I am SUPER EXCITED for today's blog post!  A bunch of us (25 to be exact) Special Ed bloggers have been cooking up an awesome Back To School Ebook full of TIPS and FREEBIES for you guys as some of you start to think about the upcoming school year!  

For new teachers or veteran teachers, the tips alone are worth the download...I know I got a lot of great ideas from reading others' suggestions!  This is also an awesome way to find some new bloggers to follow on whatever your favorite social media platform is....Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or all of the above!  So click on the image below for your copy of the Back to School Ebook...

My freebies include my back to school forms and back to school visual rules!

The other best way to celebrate the back to school season is with a giveaway.  I will be giving away a $40 gift card to my store for one lucky winner!  Enter below...

Make sure to check out all of the blogs included in this event as there are many giveaways going on as well by clicking on the link below!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Special Ed Blogger Giveaway!

Happy month of LOVE!  In order to show my appreciation for all of you fabulous people reading my blog today, I have teamed up with some of my favorite special ed bloggers to offer you freebies every day this month!  Today, it's my turn!!  

Today on my TPT store (all day....or from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed), I will be offering my Spring and St Patrick's Day Stories (with comprehension worksheets) for FREE.  I mean, it's almost St. Patrick's Day....and hopefully spring is coming? soon? please? 

I love using these stories to help prepare my kiddos for seasonal changes and holidays!  And the comprehension worksheets are a great way to check on your students' understanding of the stories!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!  

Make sure to check out all the other amazing bloggers doing giveaways the rest of the month! 

 Special ed bloggers are sharing the love this February!   Click on any of the days below to be redirected to the blog listed to see what type of giveaways are going on!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Amazing Valentine Blog Hop-All Month Long

 Special ed bloggers are sharing the love this February!


 Every day in February, you can have a chance to get a FREEBIE from one of the amazing special ed blogs shown above!  Just click on the day, and you will be directed to the blog where you can claim your freebie!  Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Adapted Books Starring Your Students

As a special education teacher, I am always looking for ways to make learning engaging for my students.  If work can be motivating for students to complete, we may be able to teach them something, while also preventing problem behaviors (especially escape-maintained  behaviors) from occurring. 

One way that I have found to engage students is when you involve them in their own learning.  When I first started out teaching, I used to create little books that had pictures of my students or photos from field trips we went on.  These books used simple language and were very repetitive so as to make it easy for my beginning readers.  Each book also had an adapted component, where the kids had to velcro something (picture or word) into the book.  These were used during reading groups or as independent work and my kids loved them.

This book featured our trip to the zoo.  Each page has a picture of an animal we saw on our field trip...many of the pages had pictures of the kids posing by the animals as well.  The kids are responsible for filling in the correct word on each page.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Task Box Tuesday (Sorting by Class) and a FREEBIE

At my new job, I have been in the process of setting up a task box system for a couple weeks now.  In my old classroom, it was so easy because I was always hoarding collecting items to make up new task boxes.  In my new job, I did a little digging in a storage room full of unused toys, but struggled to find enough containers/items to create more than a couple new tasks.  

So...what to do?  Of course I took a massive trip to The Dollar Tree...and I now know the stock well enough in these stores, that when I can't find something I am looking for at one, I hop on over to the next.  Sure enough...2 Dollar Tree visits and $75 later, I have enough containers and materials to put together all of my task boxes!  I am still working on putting the finishing touches on everything and getting it ready for the kiddos/staff to use, but figured I could start by sharing one of my favorite task boxes I created and of course the FREEBIE for you to use to create this yourself.

I bought a $1 muffin tin at the dollar tree, then made the following labels (food, animals, plants, people, vehicle, and sports) and taped them into the bottom of each compartment of the muffin tin.  

Then I laminated pictures of items from each of these classes.  During the task, kids sort the pictures by class into the compartments of the muffin tin.  I like this task because it involves NO velcro, which makes it much easier and quicker to put together.

Click here to get the labels and pictures (all you need is the muffin tin) to create this task!