Well, I have a plan and hope to put it into effect this coming Friday since we have a workday. I want to go through each of the cabinets and drawers and purge things I no longer use and sort some of the stuff better. Such as putting all the puzzles in cabinets directly next to each other. Once some of the items are purged I should be able to fit some of the things sitting on top of other big cabinets in there! Yay! I love organizing, but time is the biggest thing! So hopefully all of my things will be a little bit more organized following Friday. I also plan on condensing some of my file folder games into the files in my file cabinet because then I won't forget about them, which I do all the time. More items will probably be used this way. I was able to take all of the paper sitting on top of my file cabinet and brought them home and am in the process of sorting them. Some things I will be needing to laminate soon for use and other things I have put stickies on with the month I plan on using them. You can link up here or just check out some great planning strategies there too! Happy Organizing!

Since starting classes I again have very limited time and I am so thankful for the Five for Friday because it is a great way to quickly recap my week. So here are a few things we did. You can link up at Doodle Bugs Teaching

1.) One of my kid's parents from a couple of years ago is a firefighter and came in to show the kids how she puts on her equipment. She talked about what she does and had the kids sort toys vs. tools. They all seemed t enjoy it!

2. )The afternoon class used shaving cream and the morning class used cotton.
3.) We read The Mitten by Jan Brett two times and then the morning class colored, cut out the animals, and pasted them onto the mitten. The afternoon class laced a mitten for the animals to go inside. I will try to get a picture of that this week.
4.) We also played Snowflake Catch. The students rolled the die and then counted the dots and stamped the number. With the morning class I had the students pick a card with the numeral 1-6 on it and they had to match the actual numerals. This was quite a challenge for many of them, but it was good practice.
5.) I also have been working on decluttering my room and started with the top of the file cabinet. I took the papers all home and am in the process of sorting them and then put a to copy bin and to laminate bin. The globe I have moved to a different location so it wasn't taking up so much space. It makes me feel better not just having a whole pile of stuff there. :) Have a great weekend!


Well, our building has some bond money left and we  have to choose between a smart board or i-pads for the class. Which would you prefer or do you have and like better? I currently have some students that are about 18 months developmentally and was not sure if there were activities/games available on the Smart board for them. I looked at Lakeshore and didn't find much that I feel they would be able to do, but maybe I am just not aware of some other great Smart board games. Also, how durable is the Smart board. Sometimes I do have students throwing items and they can be rough on different things. Would a Smart board or i-pad be more durable.  So I need some help. I am looking forward to the feedback.
First, I just have to say only in Michigan do you have 60 and sunny and the next day you are back to winter like weather (cloudy and 40)! Ethan and I made sure to enjoy the beautiful weather though and took a walk and went to the park, which was packed.

Anyways, this is something I have been meaning to post about and keep forgetting too. I have a wide range of students! Some students are completely nonverbal or have a very limited vocabulary and then I have the other extreme that are able to read a simple book. Instead of making multiple different activities I use emergent readers a lot at my language center to meet all there needs.

Here is how:
Have your students attempt to repeat the picture or phrase.

Have students repeat the sentence and if possible read the sentence to you.

Have students find sight words.

By using jus this one book (from Hubbard's Cupboard) I am able to meet all of student's needs! I have previously shared this IEP data collection sheet I keep, but I will share it again. This is where their speech and language goals are kept so I know what type of instruction they need. 

If you have any great teaching tips for special needs students share at The Resource Room Teacher

I hope you have a great rest of your Sunday!

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