Prepare & Preset Students For The Next Program

We know that we need to do our best to teach students the academic and life skills that they will need for next year and the year after, but there are some other ways we can help prepare students. We need to take a look at the differences in programs and preset our students.

We know that we need to do our best to teach students the academic and life skills that they will need for next year and the year after, but there are some other ways we can help prepare students. We need to take a look at the differences in programs and preset our students.


Here are the main areas I look for differences: furniture, routines and classroom supports. If your students typically go to a specific program after yours, talk to the teacher to see what skills were missing or what the student struggled with in the new setting. Our students can become rigid and opposed to change, so it is helpful to introduce changes in our program at the end of the school year to help students be more successful in the new setting. Here are some of the areas we work on.

Put Research Into Practice By Building Movement Into The School Day Roundup

Research continues to support combining learning and movement. Some teachers get sweaty thinking of intentionally having their students move more, but there we don't need to be!!

Research continues to support combining learning and movement. Some teachers get sweaty thinking of intentionally having their students move more, but there we don't need to be!!



Here is a roundup of posts with all sorts of ways to get your students moving and learning. Each of these ideas have been teacher tested... they work and they won't create chaos!!

Prep The Classroom For Tomorrow Without Para Support

Do you ever look around and wonder how your classroom is going to be ready for the next day without having to stay for hours after school? Here are a couple ways that I get my classroom ready for the next day.

Do you ever look around and wonder how your classroom is going to be ready for the next day without having to stay for hours after school? Here are a couple ways that I get my classroom ready for the next day.


This is the first year that my paras are only with me during student hours. In the past, I had always had paras working in the classroom for 30 minutes without students. During that time we would get the classroom set for the next day, discuss behaviors and questions that came up, etc. With a little creativity, I found that it was possible to get it all done.

Build Social Skills & Class Morale

Over the years I have tried several different ideas to get students to be kind to each other and to interact with each other more. I have finally found a way to do both and it is completely free!!

Over the years I have tried several different ideas to get students to be kind to each other and to interact with each other more. I have finally found a way to do both and it is completely free!!


This idea was inspired by a student who we have been trying to get to pay attention to other kids. He can tell you all sorts of things about me and my staff, but nothing about his brother and peers in his class. That's when I began "Class Wins."