Sunday, May 26, 2019

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!!


Hello there! If you came looking for freebies, you've come to the right place!! New freebies are added every Sunday! And forever freebies can always be found from past link ups under "my files" on the right sidebar. 

Feel free to link up your own freebies too! Just follow the rules. 

Link Up Rules
1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie doesn't have to be "specifically" designed for special education, but should be practical for special education.
5. Share this image on your social media so more people can discover your freebies!


ANNOUNCEMENT: 
SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies will be taking a summer hiatus during June and July and will resume in August!! Have a great summer!

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up


Hello there! If you came looking for freebies, you've come to the right place!! New freebies are added every Sunday! And forever freebies can always be found from past link ups under "my files" on the right sidebar. 

Feel free to link up your own freebies too! Just follow the rules. 

Link Up Rules
1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie doesn't have to be "specifically" designed for special education, but should be practical for special education.
5. Share this image on your social media so more people can discover your freebies!


Grab your freebies and come back next Sunday!! 

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Monday, May 13, 2019

A Fun Summer Countdown for STAFF


The last ten days of school, I always do a fun "Mystery Balloon Summer Countdown" with my students. So when thinking up gifts for my teaching staff, I thought, why not do a fun 10-day summer countdown for them too?

So I did! I surprised them with a gift every day for the last ten days of school! 

Here are the ten gifts, all less than $2 each (most less than $1), so you can do a 10-day summer countdown with your staff too!

Every day during the last ten days of school, you will give your staff one of the gifts. Here are some suggestions of how I presented the gifts each day to my staff.

Day 1 - Xtra Gum

Day 2 - Lifesavers


Day 3 - Rolos


Day 4 - Tea


Day 5 - Donuts


Day 6 - Mints


Day 7 - Clips of some sort. I found these at Walmart.


Day 8 - 100 Grand Candybar

Day 9 - Candles


Day 10 (Last Day of School) - Lotion


My aides really loved having a surprise waiting for them each day and it costed me just around $10 for each aide. Grab the labels for FREE here and do a fun summer countdown with your staff!

Even if you're not doing an end of year summer countdown, SAVE these gift tags for later! They're  perfect for individual gift giving too any time of the year!

Pin it to save it here!

 

Happy Summer Countdown! Hang in there...the end is near!
   

Sunday, May 12, 2019

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up


Hello there! If you came looking for freebies, you've come to the right place!! New freebies are added every Sunday! And forever freebies can always be found from past link ups under "my files" on the right sidebar. 

Feel free to link up your own freebies too! Just follow the rules. 

Link Up Rules
1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie doesn't have to be "specifically" designed for special education, but should be practical for special education.
5. Share this image on your social media so more people can discover your freebies!


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mystery Balloon Fun Summer Countdown


I can see summer break in my near future! Our 10-day summer countdown begins tomorrow! When does yours begin? 

Our mystery balloon summer countdown is an all time classroom favorite for counting down the days to summer break! 

I place a slip of paper in each balloon prior to blowing it up. Each slip of paper has a fun treat on it. Each morning a student pops a balloon to reveal the daily treat! 

Treats range from no cost activities such as go barefoot in class for the day, sit wherever you want for the day, or write in pen today....to activities that may cost a little money like a watermelon or popcorn party! 

Try it in your classroom! Grab the treat/activity slips for FREE here

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up


Hello there! If you came looking for freebies, you've come to the right place!! New freebies are added every Sunday! And forever freebies can always be found from past link ups under "my files" on the right sidebar. 

Feel free to link up your own freebies too! Just follow the rules. 

Link Up Rules
1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie doesn't have to be "specifically" designed for special education, but should be practical for special education.
5. Share this image on your social media so more people can discover your freebies!


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Friday, May 3, 2019

Summer Countdown Survival Kits for Staff


Sometimes those long waits for winter, spring, and summer break can seem like an eternity! Sometimes it feels like you're barely going to make it and you go into survival mode!

A survival kit might be just what the doctor ordered! These survival kits make adorable gifts for staff members, and gives them a little something to look forward to, to make those long days not feel so long!


You'll need some plastic containers. The ones pictured above are Sterlite Brand and were purchased from Family Dollar for 99 cents each. Another option is to use paper sacks or party favor bags. This is a cheaper option if you're making a lot or can't find the right containers.

This is what's inside. You'll need:
  • Chocolate
  • Notepad
  • Hand Sanitizer (trial size)
  • Lotion (trial size)
  • Mini Kleenex
  • Energy Bar
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Lifesavers
  • Chapstick

Print the free labels and attach to your containers or sacks/bags. I used double sided scotch tape to affix my labels to the underneath inside of the lid for a more professional look. The labels are available for spring break and summer break and are sized to fit the containers shown. Get your labels here.

I also added colored crinkle shredded paper to each container in the bottom.



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Sunday, April 28, 2019

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up


Hello there! If you came looking for freebies, you've come to the right place!! New freebies are added every Sunday! And forever freebies can always be found from past link ups under "my files" on the right sidebar. 

Feel free to link up your own freebies too! Just follow the rules. 

Link Up Rules
1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie doesn't have to be "specifically" designed for special education, but should be practical for special education.
5. Share this image on your social media so more people can discover your freebies!


Grab your freebies and see you next Sunday!! :)

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Creating a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)

Behaviors can be one of the most frustrating and challenging aspects of our teaching career. Let's face it, we all want students that listen, follow directions, and do everything we request of them, right!? Of course, that's easy! But that's not reality! We always have 1 or 2 difficult kids that haven't acquired the appropriate behaviors needed to learn in the classroom. 

Behavior must take priority over academics for these students. Because if a student doesn't know how to learn, no learning will occur. You will only end up with frustrated teachers and students. You must set academics aside and focus only on behaviors for these students. For example, for a student that is generally non-compliant when reading his word cards, rather than focus on getting the word correct, focus on and reinforce the student for compliance. So let's say the word is "kite" and the child says "kit." You might say, "I love how you followed directions when I asked you to read the word. Awesome job!" We're not worried about the student getting the word right at this point, because we are teaching compliance with this student. 

The first step to shaping behaviors in our classroom, is to create a PLAN!! Just like with academics, we use data to drive instruction and guide our lessons. The same is true for teaching behaviors! We use our data to plan our behavioral instruction for our special behavioral students. It's just like teaching reading, but we're teaching behaviors. 

Let's create a behavior intervention plan!!!

So the first thing you'll need to do is conduct a functional behavior assessment (FBA). This will assist you in analyzing when and why the behavior is occurring...the FUNCTION of the behavior, which is the most important for shaping a behavior. An ABC Data Collection Form can be a very effective and simple FBA tool. You can click here to access my ABC data form. To be honest, most of the time I don't even need to complete an FBA, because it is pretty obvious what the function of their behavior is. But the ABC sheet is helpful if their function still remains a mystery. 

Once you have discovered the function of the behavior, you will need to conduct a reinforcement assessment. What are powerful reinforcers for the student that will provide them with incentives to want to learn? What do they love? What do they always want to play with and do?


Now you need a lesson plan, just like you'd use for teaching...also known as a BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan). How will you teach the behavior? When will you teach it? What strategies will you use? What will the replacement behavior look like? Will you use a token system? Point system? Money system? 

While writing a BIP seems to be a strenuous task for many teachers, just think of it as a lesson plan for teaching a behavior. 


Here is a sample of  a good BIP. 




I have included a blank version in a downloadable file below so that you can print and use this template to write your own BIP. 




For students with minor behaviors like blurting out or staying in their seat, you might find that a less formal BIP is needed. Here is an informal BIP template.



Here is a sample of how I might complete this informal BIP for my student that blurts out.



I always say though, that the BIP is only as good as the paper it's written on!!! Meaning that anyone can write a BIP, but if it's not implemented with fidelity, it won't make a difference! Work with your implementing teachers to ensure they have the tools needed to implement the BIP with fidelity and to take data on the effectiveness of the plan!

You can click here for a downloadable copy of all of the resources above. I hope these resources will assist you with creating an effective behavior plan for your student(s). If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.

Need even further assistance with managing behaviors in your classroom? Check out my Ultimate Behavior Toolbox!!  


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Party


Hello there! If you came looking for freebies, you've come to the right place!! New freebies are added every Sunday! And forever freebies can always be found from past link ups under "my files" on the right sidebar. 

Feel free to link up your own freebies too! Just follow the rules. 

Link Up Rules
1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie doesn't have to be "specifically" designed for special education, but should be practical for special education.
5. Share this image on your social media so more people can discover your freebies!


Grab your freebies and see you next Sunday!! :)

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Earth Day Recipes FREE


What do you have planned for Earth Day on Monday? Typically Earth Day is focused on helping the Earth by doing things such as recycling, planting, or picking up trash. But why not spruce it up and add a dash of cooking in? 

I have two Earth Day themed recipes that your students will love!



Click here to download these FREE sample recipes from my best-selling educational "Cook to Learn" Unit!


Another fun one to do on Earth Day is "Worms in Dirt Cups." 


You can find all of these and over 40 more kid-friendly recipes in my "Cook to Learn" Educational Cooking Unit. 

What makes "Cook to Learn" so educational?
Through cooking, students are exposed to reading, sequencing, following directions, measurement, and other mathematical operations! By downloading "Cook to Learn" you'll also receive all of the other activities that supplement these recipes to include:

-Recipe Sequencing Activities
-Recipe Persuasive Writing (2 options)
-Recipe How to Paragraph Writing (2 options)
-Recipe Opinion Writing (2 options)
-Recipe Graphic Organizers 
-Grocery List Template for Students
-Recipe Survey/Graphing Activities
-Take Home Recipe Cards
-A Printable Chef Hat Template





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Check out this post for even more Earth Day inspiration!