How to get Organized with a Teacher Binder You guys, I have seriously been trying every single planner, binder, book out there, and nothing has every had the right fit for me.  Either I end up wasting a bunch pages that I don't even need, or its too big to carry with me or I don't end up using it because it doesn't look pretty enough to me. (I know that sounds stupid, but I love all things pretty). I have tried the Erin Condren Planners and Happy Planners, I've tried the plum planners and I have tried planers from Target and I have even bought a few of Teachers Pay Teachers.  So I finally created a planner that fits me.  I'm a special education teacher so I feel like my needs are unique.  I don't ever have to buy another one because I can print and use it again year after year.  Some years I know I will need different pages and I love that it is so flexible that I can add and take out pages that are needed.  If I need one extra page, I just print one...
Discete Trail Training? What is it? How do I use it? What is it? DTT is a researched-based ABA technique that is teacher-led intensive instruction that breaks tasks into smaller parts.  This teacher strategy falls under the umbrella of Applied Behavior Analysis.  DTT uses tangible reinforcers for correct responses.  This specific approaches been proven to be very effective for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). DTT instruction has 5 major parts:  tasks are broken into smaller parts master the small part intensive lessons prompts that are faded reinforced by tangible incentives How do I use it in my classroom? Using DTT in your classroom is easy.  DTT is meant as one on one instruction.   To do DTT with validity, you need to know the stages of learning! In order to implement this technique successfully, you will need to be sitting very close to the child and have reinforcers and the activity ready to go, along with a data sheet. There...
Working With ParaProfessionals in the Special Needs Classroom Let's be honest, working this closely with other people can certainly have its challenges, but I am here to tell you how I make sure you are working as a close-nit team.  Whether you are working in a self-contained setting or running a general education classroom, communication and having clear expectations are KEY! Using a simple brochure to start off the year is a sure fire way to start the year off on the right foot.  Not only will this brochure allow for conversation starters and explain clear expectations, but your paraprofessionals will have it all in writing so they can refer back to it whenever they would like.  Setting expectations in the beginning of the year is crucial to have a successful year. Use the first weeks of school and schedule yourself NOT to do any teaching.  Use those weeks to teach your Para's EXACTLY how you want them to teach, to record data, to use language, to reward studen...
10 ways to use visual supports in your special education classroom When teaching students with special needs, using visual aids are soo very important.  It doesn't matter what time of day it is, whether its Math time in the classroom or brushing your teeth at night, using visual support systems for students with special needs is vital to their success. Even typically developing kids and adults, rely on symbols and pictures every single day. Students with disabilities, especially those on the Autism spectrum, rely on visual supports to help them throughout their day.  Let me share some ideas of how I incorporate visuals in my self-contained classroom. 1. Visual Schedules: Whether you use symbols, objects, real photos or just words, you need to have give students access to visual schedules all day long.  The type of schedule you use should meet the needs of the students.   Some students in Kindergarten will need large vertical schedules using pictures and words.  Or...