Sunday, March 1, 2015

Exclusive Teaching Special Thinkers Nail Wraps!

I love spreading awareness about autism.

My students are amazing. 

They brighten my whole world.

They teach me something new

I created these exclusive nails wraps through Jamberry for Autism Awareness Month in April.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Thoughts of Spring!

So… we've basically gone to school a day and a half in the past two weeks here in NC. I'm not saying I hate it, BUT I am not loving wiping out on the concrete on a daily basis while I walk my dog. The ice has gooooot to go. I am ready for Spring. I am ready for rain boots, flowers, gardening, sun, and fresh fruits and veggies at the Farmer's Market.

Since I've been having thoughts of Spring, I thought I'd get ahead with my Count and Color Adapted Books! Check em out!! :)

Also, HUGE shout out to all of you fabulous SUPERHEROES that supported my store during the TPT sale, and those who support Teaching Special Thinkers every day! I love this little side gig of creating materials for others to use with their students. It makes my heart happy knowing that your students are benefiting from my packs! Keep the pictures coming!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

St. Patty's Day Packs & a HUGE TPT Super Sale Coming!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you are probably aware that I am getting prepped and ready for some Shamrock fun for the next few weeks at school. I love teaching through themes and March is going to be all about St. Patty's Day, Dr. Suess, and Nutrition!

Here's a look at some of the golden goodies you can score in my shop right now with their preview videos:


Are you stoked about the TPT sale? I must say, it is WELL deserved, as all of you are heroes! I know I'll be stocking up on tons of clip art for upcoming projects and some goodies from my favorite shops!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Slowing Down the Day: The Importance of Teaching Life Skills

As a teacher of a very busy classroom, sometimes I catch myself forgetting to slow down. I get super wrapped up in time, rushing through the schedule to make sure we cover everything that day, that I zip a student's coat before giving him a chance to do it first, or I jump at the opportunity to prompt a student to wash her hands for snack time before allowing her to use her schedule and follow the routine I know she knows. I sometimes lose sight of the greater picture of my job. A few weeks ago… this quote popped up on my Instagram feed and reminded me to sloooooow down.

There is so much truth in this quote. Our students are never going to learn a skill that we continue to do for them because we are in a hurry to get started with morning work. So lately, I've been paying extra attention to ensure I break down all these important daily skills that I take for granted. This quote sparked an idea…. I love using task analysis data sheets and picture sequences to break down and teach students important life skills such as getting dressed, washing hands, etc. AND my students respond SO WELL to adapted books - why not combine the two. Also, one of my IG teacher friends, Aly from Just a Primary Girl, suggested I make some adapted Social Stories and that idea turned into this idea. I LOVE COLLABORATION!!!!  Introducing…..

Here are a few pictures I may or may not have taken just to show off my gold stapler. Isn't it GORGEOUS?!?! :)

Color and Printer Friendly take home version

Recalling comprehension strips

Books Included in Life Skills Set One:

Life Skills Set One