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."

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!!