One of the most challenging things as a special education teacher is all the data you are expected to get and how to organize it all. It takes awhile to get a system that works for you, but here are some of the things I have done in my classroom to help with trying to get it and to organize it. 
Circle Time and Centers
I have a binder for whole group activities. I keep a daily chart (checklist) of daily center activities and whole group activities and how the kids did. It is a simple check system. Check plus for they got it great, check for they sort of got it, and check minus they still need work. 

The checklist has all of the students names and the activity and date. 

Work Boxes. The work box is listed at the top and the child's name is on the side. There is a key at the bottom to state if they needed some hand over hand, accomplished it or not. All of the activities are attainable for the students, but sometimes some of the students choose not to do them or need a little help to get started. 
IEP Goals. Last week I talked about that in depth. 
Read all about that here.
Report Cards.
Each child has a manila folder with their year in my classroom and all of their assessment papers right there. While assessing I move all of the pages vertical so I know who I need to assess. In these files are also work samples of report card items.  
Do you have any great ways to organize all of the data you take throughout the day?!


1. Have a folder that goes back and forth with the child to review the child's day.
We got the behavior folder template from
A Cupcake for the Teacher
Her behavior calendar is editable. Here is what ours look like.
Since we have a morning and afternoon class we have color coded the folders and the materials. Morning is red and afternoon is blue.
It is quick and easy and on the day that there is an issue I also try to send an e-mail or call the parent but if I can't at least the parents know what was going on.  

We also provide optional homework for the parents to do with their children. 

This past year we included a monthly homework from Pocket of Preschool. 


We also include monthly homework that students get at the beginning of the year the whole list so as they accomplish a skill parents can work on the next thing. This is also great because as children enter throughout the year they can find activities to do throughout the year. You can find this freebie here.


Next year I will also be including Core Vocabulary Board homework. 

There is a welcome letter.



Directions for each word.

Overview of all activities.



Song and Book list for words. 


We try to encourage parents to also do the activities we are doing in the classroom for the students to get extra practice and this also keeps parents in the loop of what is going on. 

2. Weekly Newsletters.
 In the weekly newsletter I make sure to make it readable for all parents (lots of bullets and to the point).
 include weekly theme, core vocabulary board being worked on, activities completed in class, books read, songs or poems sang with words so parents can also practice with their child, and any other activities to practice with their child (at beginning of the year this is a lot of self-help skills- putting on backpack, coat, putting items in backpack, etc.).

3. I also send home when a child is a special helper so that way their child can tell the parents about what they did on their special day.
4. Remind App
I send parents reminders about show and tell, half days, and/ or conferences. A lot of parents have expressed how much they like getting the reminder about show and tell or the half days and I have seen more students coming to school and bringing items in more quickly. 
Image result for remind app

When teaching social and emotional skills the most important thing is 
MODELING and PRACTICE!
Many of our students need to be taught to identify emotions. You can use the core vocabulary board to identify these emotions and have students take turns making different faces. 
After students are able to identify emotions well they need to learn how to regulate them appropriately. Teaching students happy vs. sad choices is very important. These types of visuals help my students to understand what choice to make. On some of these charts I also include what the consequence will be so they understand what they may gain or lose on by the choice they make. 

We also try to model how to share and how to take turns during whole group play time where my aid and myself can show and model to the students how to do these skills. Lots of modeling and practice are key!

Also, having students know where the safe place is when they get upset is another key to help students regulate their feelings. As my students go through the year they sometimes can begin to notice when they are upset and will go to the calm down area then when they are ready they return to what is asked of them. When in this area give your students some space to decompress and I always try to emphasize are you ready to come back and make happy choices? Most times students will come back and complete the task asked of them. Also, remind students it is ok to be upset, but they need to handle this anger in an appropriate manner for everyone's safety. 





Activities:
You can find these activities here. 



You can grab these freebies here. 


You can grab this free social story too.


I Do Not Touch Shirts Social Story Freebie
Books:
Let's Get Along: It's Great To Keep Calm

  Let's Get Along: It's Great to Work Together

  Let's Get Along: It's Great to Be Kind

Let's Get Along: It's Great to Share

  Let's Get Along Box Set

  The Feelings Book

  The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!

Hands Are Not for Hitting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)
Feet Are Not for Kicking (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)
  Calm-Down Time (Toddler Tools)



What tips do you have for teaching your students how to regulate their emotions?!

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