End of the Year Reflections

At the end of the year it is a great time to reflect on what worked this year and well, what didn't. I made A LOT of changes this past year and most were great, but some didn't work out quite as well as I intended or need to be tweaked. I am going to add links to the things that have worked and if I have not discussed it yet, I will so it may be something that can help you! :)

What worked:
  • Daily Behavior Calendar I loved this and it was a great communication tool for parents and simple for me to do daily! The idea came from The Cupcake for the Teacher! Love this!
  • Center Transition Sticks  This helped make transitions so smooth! 
  • Table Time This worked really well for my am class. A great way to ease into the day!
  • Work Boxes...I am going to be revisiting my system because this was a work in progress throughout the year, but my kids love doing them and it was a great way to review skills! Blog post coming soon!

  • Gross Motor Time Our Donor's Choose project gave us even more equipment to meet our students sensory and gross motor needs and this time helped decrease behavior problems. 
  • Center Visuals Help guide the group and individual students through what to do. 

  • Group Play...we have worked on properly teaching the students how to play with the items and how to appropriately interact with each other while playing. 
  • Progress Monitoring Binder...keeps me accountable each month!
  • Lesson Plan Binder...keeps me organized and makes sure I do not reuse all the same activities every year...especially since some of my little ones are with me for three years!
  • Snack Conversation Starters...gets them talking and interacting. 
  • Show and Tell Note My parents sent it in for their little ones and I could better understand what some of my little ones were trying to tell me. 
Needs to be Tweaked: 
  • Homework Calendar (thinking about doing monthly parent/ child project, having students cut out a picture and bring in something for the color and letter of the week and continuing show and tell Fridays). You can read about what I was doing here. Why it wasn't working: parents weren't doing it or were lying about it.  
  • Behavior Points WhyI liked the idea of it and I didn't have kids getting upset because of getting their color changed, but I had trouble giving out the popsicle sticks regularly...so I am going to be revamping that. Any ideas are welcomed!

Need to Put in Place:

  • Finishing up alphabet bags. I have been finding random items around my house that can be used for each letter (it is amazing all the little things your collect or your kids collect!). 


  1. Where did you get your alphabet bags? They are really adorable! I always enjoy your postings, you have such wonderful ideas to share. :)

    1. Those came from Really Good Stuff. I am not sure if they are still available or not. I have had them for a few years now.


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