Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Battling the Scheduling Mayhem



In my classroom, I follow the structured "TEACCHing" model. I have the classroom broken down into lots of little centers.

I have 8 students. To help keep me organized and my students organized, I assign them a color that will stick with them throughout the time they spend in my classroom. Their schedule, schedule cards, binders, workboxes, and anything else that needs labeled is coded with this color for easy visual access (for the student and the teachers).


This color coded system really helped make scheduling a lot easier for me this year. To begin with schedules, I of course waited to get the schools "master" schedule to find out when my class would have specials (art, music, PE, etc.), lunch and recess. I also scheduling anything I knew that we would be doing daily, such as morning circle time, story time, snack time, rest time, and any other group times.

The rest of my allotted class time is designated to our centers. Since I have 8 students, we have 8 "required" centers that they rotate through daily. I used some good old math to factor how much time we would be able to spend at center during work times. Thankfully, we can have 20 minutes work rotations. This allows my students time to work and them time for their choice reward when they finish their work.


Here are my current classroom "required" centers:

-Teacher Time
-Language Station
-Writing Station
-Workshop
-Table Time
-Workboxes
-Heavy Work
-Choice

Here are our "choice centers," where students can choose to go after they have completely finished their work center OR it is their scheduled "choice" time. 
-Bounce (Sensory Room)
-Play
-Chill Out (Reading Center)
-Sensory Bin (Sensory Tub)

Language Station
Cubby Area
Heavy Work
Play Area

Steps to how I completed our class schedule:
1. Look at school master schedule and create an excel spread sheet to determine when breaks can be given and how much time you have for work rotations.

Important questions to get answered ASAP:
-When does you class have lunch?
-Specials?
-Recess?
-Snack time?
-Arrival/Dismissal

2. After getting your caseload, determine how many "required" centers you will need, then divide up your work times to that number.

3. Make a schedule for your work rotations. I highly recommend using my "color" system if you can. It has helped me stay SO organized in scheduling and day to day in the classroom!




4. Print schedules for everyone in the class and have an "information station" for you and your TA's. Last year, I didn't have a teacher's desk. Unfortunately, that left me a little unorganized, plus I had no wear to store important things like our main schedule, specials schedule, and other important information. This year, I have our Information Station in the corner. It is where all the schedules, class info, computers, printer, laminator, and teacher supplies are located. It's a no kid zone. :)


If you have any questions regarding scheduling, please contact me!




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Freebie Blog Hop


Did we mention how much we love special educators??! 
Well just to show you how much, 24 of us have joined together to help you start your new year out with a BOOM! 
We are beyond excited and even more excited for you! Ok, maybe even just a wee bit jealous! :)

These 24 awesome special educators, including me, have put together 5 fabulous giveaways and a freebie hop with over 20 freebies just for you!! 


Shall we get this party going!!? 

Are you ready?

The first 3 giveaways are split into 3 categories; early childhood, primary, and intermediate! So be sure to enter the one for your grade level! You can click on any of the pictures to view the product in their store or to wishlist it in case you don't win!!{wink}
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Early Childhood Pack!

WOW!

Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Primary Pack!

Seriously!!!!?? Are you feeling the Love?!
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Intermediate Pack! As you know, it can be a challenge finding resources on TpT for this level, but we did manage to put a few things together that we think you'll love!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

But wait! There's MORE! David at "Attainment Company" was generous enough to give two lucky teachers a copy of this e-Book for their iPad. (This e-Book is compatible ONLY for iPad, so if you do not have an iPad do not enter!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

How many of you have seen this book, or are even using it in your classroom to assess and determine presents levels?? Brigance CIBS

Last year a new and improved updated version was released...... Brigance CIBS II
and we're super excited that Robin at "Curriculum Associates" has generously donated it for us to give to one of you!! Folks, this is a $339.00 value!! Now this one definitely makes us just a wee bit jealous!  (Our apologies, but this one is for U.S. residents only) a Rafflecopter giveaway 

And now it's time for a............... FREEBIE HOP!

This First Day of School social story is part of my Back to School Social Stories Pack, but it is your FREE!