Monday, July 20, 2015

E-Book and Giveaway

What!! How cool is this? Myself along with 24 other AMAZING special education bloggers have put together an e-book filled with tips and FREEBIES to help you get back into the swing of the school year. We decided to do a book so all of your tips and freebies would be in one document. Download the book once and read through, be sure to click on the freebie pictures to get your downloads. My page is the very last one but don't miss all of the other awesome tips!!

Click here to grab your copy.

Along with the e-book we are ALL doing a giveaway! I have given you 8 different ways to enter my giveaway. None of them are mandatory BUT the more you do the more chances you have to WIN!!

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Be sure to click the links at the bottom of the page to hop through everyones blog to enter their giveaways. If you do them all you would have 25 chances to WIN!!

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Work Task Labels

Students with autism heavily depend on structured work systems and 3 bin work tasks are one way to achieve this. I have created some Work Task Labels to help you kick start your structured classroom work system. All students can benefit from this system so don't think it is only for students with autism.

Here's how it works!


 1) Decide how many "systems" you want in your room. I have 4, 3 students who have their own and then I have 1 system that 4 students share. The "systems" themselves take up a lot of space so really think about how you will have your classroom set up. Also think about your schedule, if you can have students share stations that saves space. **When sharing stations be sure the kids are working on the same skills, there is someone to reset the station when each student is done, the students schedules do not overlap.

2)  Set up the furniture. The 3 bin tower should be on the left of the desk. I include a basket on top for
file folder tasks. This isn't needed, I just like to include monthly theme folders to add a bit of variety to the work system.

3)  Print out all of the labels, laminate, cut and get your velcro ready!

4)  Choose the color you want your first system to have. Attach the big square labels to each drawer of the bin tower. The order of the labels does not matter, however make sure your consistent with
these throughout your room. I like to put them in order from "easiest to hardest". I think about it in terms of how I want my work set up. Circles are easy to make so I put an easy task in the top drawer, Squares are a little harder so I put harder work and stars are the hardest to make so I put the hardest activity last. This helps the students build up and increase their work stamina.

5)  Attach the work task schedule card somewhere near the bins. I keep mine on the corner of the desk but you could put it on the wall in front of the desk if possible. Add hard velcro to the square   boxes. Put soft velcro on the backs of the small icons.


1) Tell student it is time to work. You can do this however you have it set up in your classroom. My students have individual schedules so when they see "the 3 bin visual" they go to their 3 bin station.

2) The student then checks their work task schedule and pulls off the first visual.

3) Next they match it to the appropriate basket or drawer.

4) Then they pull out the folder or whatever task you have for them to work on.

5) They complete the work.

6) Last they put the work in the finished work basket. I like to make my basket large enough to fit a variety of tasks.

7) Then they repeat this process until their work task card is complete.

What is important about having a work task system is having your station set up to allow students to work from left to right. They start by selecting from the bin (left) working on the task (middle) and putting it in finished work (right).

You can put any tasks that you feel will benefit your students. Here are some work tasks I have on my "Work Tasks" Pinterest board. There are also many great products available on TPT, search work tasks, T.E.A.C.C.H, 3 bin tasks to get started.

You can also grab the work task labels seen in this post here! 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#SPEDDollarDeals Today ONLY!!

Today ONLY a group of special education bloggers and myself are having a dollar sale. Type the special code #SPEDDollarDeals into the search bar on TPT and BAM! You will see all of the products thing they are all only $1!!

The product I have entered is my All About Fall adapted book. This book (along with all of my other adapted books) allows students to read and learn fun facts about fall while answering "wh" questions to test their comprehension.

Make sure to head on over and see what you can snag!  #SPEDDollarDeals

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Monday, July 6, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge #3: Make Your Masterpiece

For this weeks #TPTSellerChallenge we had to "Make Our Masterpiece". I have been wanting to make personal information binders for months now and felt that this was the perfect opportunity. For this personal info binder I made it completely EDITABLE!! I have included 2 PowerPoint Versions and a Keynote version. Having the editable document allows you to save time, ink, laminate and paper.

Most of the binder requires some work to personalize it but I did include a no prep version for students who need the practice but do not need the support of visuals and hands on materials. For this version you can print enough copies for the entire year and place them in a binder (don't forget to select hole punch when making copies). If that is too overwhelming for your kiddos, print a ton of copies, store them in your room and allow your kids to add their completed pages to their binders. That way their work is still stored in one location.

I am SOOOO excited about this next version....The Prep Version is COMPLETELY EDITABLE!!!! So what does that mean for you? It means you save time, laminate, paper and colored ink. I have bought and downloaded personal info binders in the past and don't get me wrong they were great and did end up working but...I spent entirely too much time printing the ENTIRE document 12 times. I them laminated everything, cut everything out and then had to sort through the millions of pieces trying to build each students individual binders. Now that I have an editable version I can pull student info onto 2 pages, print (only the pieces I need), laminate and cut. Now all of the pieces I need for one student is in one section.

If you do not have access to laminate or a binding machine here is another way you may be able to store them.

Adding a colored page behind the main page helps create a visual barrier for the kids. Storing the choices on one page and the answers on the other also create another separation for the students. For added difficultly make the field of choices larger. Adding additional months, days and years will have the students truly mastering the information verses just memorizing the order when they have an errorless field of choices.

For the address editable page, your can type right into the boxes provides. Copy all of the boxes and paste them into the "address page". You could also just print the page after you type it in and then delete the info after you print to add another students information.

(The page shown is the "main page" where the student will place their answers...I have not shown the editable document in yet.)

For fun I added an Important People page. You can choose to put pictures of the students family and/or teachers. To add more difficultly also have the names of the people for the student to match. This is a great way for the students to remember everyone in their life who has a daily impact!

These personal information binders are something I use daily in my classroom. They do usually take me DAYS to put together but with this new editable version my time will be cut in half!

Here are some pictures of the EDITABLE document!

Make sure to grab the product on SALE Now!

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