Decide Now App~a Bright Ideas for your classroom
Today I am joining many other bloggers to bring you another awesome Bright Idea for your classroom! Have you heard of the app called Decide Now? It's a FREE app that you can use in SOOOOOO many ways! You plug in the choices you want, give it a name and presto! You have an instant spinner. I use this app in a few ways! I use it to call on students! They love seeing the wheel spin and finding out who gets to be picked! I also use it for when a student levels up on the Super Improver wall, or…
Teaching Sight Words - Make Take & Teach
A few months back I posted the 10 Activities for Learning Letters and Sounds activity kit that I developed for a few first graders who hadn’t yet mastered letters and sounds. The idea behind the kit was to provide fun, hands-on activities for either classroom voluteers or parents to work with their child at home. […]
Sensory Hacks to Calm an Angry Child
If you have a child that has trouble controlling their temper, you know exactly how hard it can be to calm them down. These 10 Sensory Hacks are perfect!
Each time a student BLURTS out loud without raising hand they have to take one down. Last person to have all 3 gets rewarded!--I've seen this implemented in a first grade classroom with a lot of success!
Students don't ask me for pencils anymore. No one leaves the room until all pencils are back on the board. (Photo only, but would be easy to make!)
10 Ways to Support Students with Hyperactivity & Attention Needs - Teaching with Jillian Starr
I know I am not alone when I say that I struggle to sit through staff meetings without doodling on my paper, shifting in my seat, getting up to use the bathroom and occasionally whispering with my teacher friend next to me. Now, these are every other week, and only for an hour. Every time I leave, I …
Diagram of a Listener
I have a new favorite chart! I found this on pinterest and knew it would be great to use during the first week with my new little first graders. Amanda (the smartie who made this) from First Grade Garden graciously allowed me to share a printable I made to go along with her anchor chart. I was so busy my first week that I never got around do doing this activity with the kids, so I'm saving it for one of those days when I think they need a big reminder about being good listeners. Also, I may…
31 Incredible Bulletin Boards For Back To School
Looking to refresh your classroom for back to school? Take your pick from 31 flavors of bulletin board.
Our autism consultant made this visual schedule -- the pieces are connected and fold over so teachers and students don't loose them.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Math and Literacy (Print & Go Common Core Aligned)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Math and Literacy (Print & Go Common Core Aligned) **View PREVIEW for examples and a FREE activity Martin Luther King, Jr. Math and Literacy Print & Go Kindergarten Common Core Aligned Over 30 Print and Go Supplemental Pages This set of Martin Luther King, Jr. th...
DIY Weighted Blanket
In October I attended an annual retreat for moms of children with special needs. This was my second year attending, and I always come home with some great ideas, tips and strategies for our Au-Some…
I originally found this art therapy project here, and modified it slightly to meet the needs of my patients. via Materials: Copy of Emotion Wheel for each participant Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils Description: Give each patient a copy of the emotion wheel. (A circle divided into 8 pie sections). Have them write above each of the eight sections with an emotion they have felt over the last few days, week, etc. Then, instruct the patients to come up with a color/picture to decorate each…