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."


Supporting Students In Special Area Classes

Have you ever had a student who is very resistant to going to and participating in activities outside of the classroom? We have a very systematic approach that has been very successful with our students. The best part is you only need a timer to start it, so these ideas can be implemented right away!

Help students learn to leave the classroom to eat lunch and attend specials with these simple to implement ideas!


The first thing we do when we have a student who acts up when ever he leaves my classroom is try to figure out the cause. Many times, I find out the cause is one of 2 things. Either the student has never attended specials or had lunch in the cafeteria or it is that they have had a negative experience in the past. Most of my students fall into the first category. There are many possible reasons to explain why attending specials haven't been addressed by the time a student enters your classroom.

Fitting Life Skills Instruction Into The School Day

Being a special education teacher can be overwhelming when you stop to think about all of the skills and subjects that we need to fit into the schedule. We have a list of skills and standards we need to teach for district and state assessments. We also have the list of functional skills that we know our students need to develop. How in the world are we going to fit them all in?! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

We have a list of skills and standards we need to teach for district and state assessments. We also have the list of functional skills that we know our students need to develop. How in the world are we going to fit them all in?!

In general, our students require a high level of repetition in order to master and generalize skills. This is why I recommend sprinkling life skills instruction and practice throughout the school day. I also try to combine skills into one activity whenever possible.

5 Gifts To Enhance Learning

Every year, I get families asking me for suggestions on gifts for their children. It is the perfect opportunity to suggest alternatives to video games and screen time! Here are some of the things we suggest.

Every year, I get families asking me for suggestions on gifts for their children. It is the perfect opportunity to suggest alternatives to video games and screen time! Here are some of the things we suggest.
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Kinetic sand is a favorite with all of my students. I especially like this set that comes with multiple colors. It is the perfect time for students to start talking about which colors they are using, how they are using them, etc.