Power of the Pause Button

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Power of the Pause butto for classroom managment

Lots of people working in special education struggle with their students transitioning from preferred activities to non-preferred activities, but have you ever tried using a pause button?

You might be asking yourself, what the heck is she talking about it?  Well, I went to a training in North Carolina, it was a TEACCH training.  It was a 5-day hands-on training.  One of tools that they had taught us, was so simple, was to use a pause button to get them to stop the preferred activity and to move on to the next part of their schedule. 

Students nowadays all know what a pause button is and does, so they recognize the symbol immediately.   

For example, if the students are playing a board game and are not finished by the time Math is supposed to begin, the teacher places a visual “pause” button on or over the game and says “alright, it’s time to pause this game and start math”, students understand immediately that they will have a chance to come back to the game because it’s only paused and they don’t have to pick the game up either. 

I use a giant storage container top with a VERY large pause on top of it so that they can see through the container top to their “paused” game.

You don’t even need to have a visual prepared for this.  The student can be coloring a picture and it’s time to stop and you can simply draw a pause symbol on their paper, or on their desk or on a sticky note, or on a whiteboard! 

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Oh, the possibilities!   The pause button can go with you anywhere!!  How quick and easy, is that!!

 
Let me know if you have ever tried this tool in your own classroom!
 
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I am a High School, self-contained Autism teacher from Central New York, who is passionate about individualizing student learning. I am a mommy of three, lover of all things Disney, married to my best friend and addicted to chocolate!! I hope that you find great ideas and inspiration here, so welcome!!

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