Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Classroom Set-Up: Visual Schedules

It's that time of year...back to school shopping, classroom set-up, and prepping for the new school year ahead.  Are you a new teacher looking for some materials to set up your brand new classroom? Or a veteran teacher looking to revamp classroom visuals or up your data game?  I want to take a chance over the next couple weeks to share some tips and ideas for setting up your classroom this coming year.

I recently put together a product based on all the resources I created and implemented in my classroom so that others can use the ideas that worked so well for me, without the work of having to create it on their own....  over 150 pages of class-room set up materials included in the Complete Autism Classroom Set-Up!  I have used this baby in my district with tons of teachers already this past year...and it has been a big hit.  Today, let's talk about one aspect of this product, Visual Schedules:

The visual schedules in this product have 4 differentiated levels so you can tailor them to your students' individual needs.  There are color coded picture schedules, regular picture schedules, picture schedules where the words are getting bigger and the picture is reduced in size, and word schedules.  There are 30 schedule activity pictures included in this product.  All the pictures fit on the included "Daily Schedule" template, so you can switch pictures, without having to change up the whole schedule system.
Here is a blog post highlighting a variety of differentiated levels of schedules I used in my classroom.

There are labels for all areas of the classroom that can be posted on the wall so students can easily scan the room and know where to go.  In addition, there are check-ins for all stations where students can place their visual schedule pictures when they go to that station (included are both color coded and with a white background).
 Here is a blog post on my classroom station labels.

There is a matching word to picture assessment and data sheet included that can be used to determine if your students can read any schedule words.  This can help you determine if your kiddos are ready for word or picture schedules.  There is also a data sheet to collect data on how well your students are doing at the routine of following a schedule (this was almost always an IEP goal at some point for my students)
Here is a blog post on how I took data on schedule following

Want your students to learn how to follow a word schedule so they gain more functional skills and become less dependent on pictures?  Use these two work tasks to help teach your students how to read the schedule words.  One is a letter matching task where students can velcro or glue letters onto the task cards.  The other is a set of writing worksheets to practice writing the schedule words.
Here is a blog post on how to teach your student to fade from a picture schedule to a more functional word schedule.

Do your parents want information on how their child's day was?  Use these daily notes home for students to fill out with a quick review of their day or week.  Quick tip: laminate a few for each student and have them use dry-erase markers for re-usable notes home.
Here is blog post on how I used these daily notes in my classroom.

Included are EDITABLE templates for drafting your student/staff schedules as well as EDITABLE templates for lesson plans and curricular plans.  I have also included some real life samples from my classroom as examples to help you get started. These are some of the most common things teachers email me about to get access to, and now they are finally available! Quick tip: When starting your schedule, start by plugging in all the non-negotiable times (i.e. recess/lunch, specialists, etc.)
Here is a blog post all about how I plan/create my classroom schedules!
Here is a blog post on how I lesson plan in my classroom.

All of my products have instructions for set up and you can always feel free to email me if you have any questions on how to utilize any of the materials.  I am happy to collaborate with you to help you meet the needs of your students.

These resources are available as a bundle (that means every resource included in these 4 products available at a discounted rate) or as 4 separate products (Visual SchedulesNotes HomeBehavior Management and Classroom Visuals, and Data Sheets) so you can buy what you need, and not waste money on things you already have established in your classroom.

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