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.

Create & Use An Interactive Poster For Science Lessons

Science can be a tough subject for students with disabilities. We need to use highly engaging and interactive materials in order to engage and focus students. When students are engaged, learning is better. Here is an easy way to make science interactive.

Science can be a tough subject for students with disabilities. We need to use highly engaging and interactive materials in order to engage and focus students. When students are engaged, learning is better. Here is an easy way to make science interactive.
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To begin, I made the interactive poster I was going to use during our Thanksgiving theme unit. To make the poster, I printed out a blackline version of my turkey using the poster setting on my printer. For my printer, I clicked the poster button and then made the tile scale 300%. I clicked cut marks, but I didn't really need them.