Hands On Tasks To Build Number Concept

Hands on tasks are the perfect way to teach, practice, generalize and assess number concepts. Students want to take a turn and they are generally activities that you can use over and over which saves you time.

Hands on tasks are the perfect way to teach, practice, generalize and assess number concepts. Students want to take a turn and they are generally activities that you can use over and over which saves you time.
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Hands on tasks are just that... something your student can interact with in a an engaging way. Watch how your students interact with the materials and which type of hands on activities they like or don't like. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Build Vocabulary and Writing Skills

Using theme units in your classroom easily allows you to target vocabulary. Thematic units help immerse our students in the language of the unit topic or concept. Take the vocabulary a step further by using the vocabulary activities to build writing skills. 

Using theme units in your classroom easily allows you to target vocabulary. Thematic units help immerse our students in the language of the unit topic or concept. Take the vocabulary a step further by using the vocabulary activities to build writing skills.



We use these picture cards to build vocabulary and teach students to be flexible in their thinking about the words. We use at least 5 picture cards for each word and try to illustrate different possibilities for each word by including non-identical pictures in both photographs and clip art. 

Using A Door Bell In The Special Education Classroom

There are a lot of ways to use a wireless doorbell in your special education classroom. Doorbells can be a great behavior management support tool during transitions. It can also add a fun twist to brain breaks. Here are some ideas to get you started.


There are a lot of ways to use a wireless doorbell in your special education classroom. The doorbells can be a great behavior management support during transitions. It can also add a fun twist to brain breaks.
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Our students tend to be easily distracted, so we try to arrange it so that all of our centers and groups end at the same time. However, that doesn't always naturally happen. This can cause havoc at transition time... some students are finishing up their work while other students have moved on to reinforcement. In the perfect world, our students are able tune out the distraction & remain focused on finishing their work. Not sure about you, but I don't teach in a perfect world! 

Choosing A Token Economy System That Fits The Student

Token economy systems are fantastic for helping students better regulate their impulses and behaviors. Have you ever had a student that you thought would really benefit from a token economy system, but couldn't get him or her to stop picking the work for card apart? Don't give up! Here are some different ideas for students who pick at token economy strips.


Token economy systems are fantastic for helping students better regulate their impulses and behaviors. Have you ever had a student that you thought would really benefit from a token economy system, but couldn't get him or her to stop picking the work for card apart? Don't give up! Here are some different ideas for students who pick at token economy strips.
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Just like everything else we do in special ed., the token economy system strips can easily be modified to make them work better for our students. In my class, we use 3 different versions of work for "cards."