For this post, I have simply expanded on an idea (found on page 51 of the book) the authors called “Seven-piece jigsaw of familiar item.” The authors simply took the front of a cereal box, jig-saw cut it (rounded pieces, etc.) and made a puzzle. I like the idea, but I also thought it needed some expansion. (One of the great things about the book is that it shows a picture of a task and its use is left open to interpretation.)
I am a special education teacher. It's a calling I heard late in life so I am only now, at the age of 43, learning the joys of creating curriculum and finding ways to recycle stuff that others think is junk. I love what I do: I get the educate those who have the most… Continue reading I Love Old Shoe-Boxes: Recyle, Reuse, pt 2
I love what I do. I love seeing ‘my’ kids, I love when they pass a spelling test on the first try, I love seeing them make a discovery on their own, I love when the light clicks on in their mind, and I love when a student with an ASD looks me in the eye first thing in the morning and says ‘hello!’ What’s more is that every single one of these events is a mine full of data and evidence that I can use to make important academic and/or behavioral decisions for the student.
I am currently tutoring a student who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The student is a participant in the Autism Scholarship Program which means that he is educated at home by a professional. I work with the family to provide helpful tools they can use, I work with the student on academic and behavioral skills,… Continue reading Traveling Circle Time
Building Tasks: Recycling Old Stuff Without doubt, one of the best aspects of being a teacher is that we get to make tasks (or games, or jobs, or modified curriculum). I love making up ways for my students to learn how to tell time without them having to actually stare at a clock (for example).… Continue reading Building Curriculum: Recycle, Reuse
Welcome to my blog. While I am in the process of getting everything set up and running, you can check out some of my previous posts from the Council for Exceptional Children's blog for new teachers Reality101. My most recent post concerns IEP writing: Our Most Critical Work. Thanks for stopping by and look forward… Continue reading Our Most Critical Work