Saturday, January 18, 2014

Community Helpers 2

New helpers along with building and object matching. Great for reinforcing a community helper unit.
New helpers, buildings and objects for matching skills. Students will match helper to building as well as objects to building and helpers. Also included is a file folder cover and images of new helpers and black line images not included in my previous Community Helper 1 matching task. Great for the special needs classroom and as a reinforcement to community helpers unit!

First Full Week

Oh my...I made it through my first full week as well as the students since the week before Thanksgiving! With all the snow days and breaks, this past week was our first full one and you could tell it was a rough one when you saw most students faces as well as many teachers.

It can be very hard to keep students attention when they are tired and boredom can set in very quickly. This is when teaching style is key to cut down on students drifting or possible behavior issues arising.

I found the following article that I believe says it all when trying to be effective in the classroom. It is worth the read!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Keeping Data for Student Task Goals

Keeping data is an important step in the IEP process. Goals are written for students during IEP team meetings by everyone that is knowledgeable about what is needed to help the student build skills in order to progress in general curriculum settings and ultimately lead them to being more independent.

The tasks that I create are designed to help with the goals of daily living skills and vocational skills. Often times these are very much a part of the goals written in the students IEP. Teachers and para's like myself track students progress by recording scores and other data through the school year. This is the best way to measure students progress or lack of.

I recently posted a generic tracking sheet that works well for most of my tasks and allows you to write in your own steps that the student will follow. These can include everything from taking task off the shelf to clean-up and storing the task.

Since every classroom or home setting is different, you can develop a visual picture system showing each step of my tasks from what the task box, envelope or file folder looks like to each step of completing the task. This will give a visual prompt for students that need this accommodation.

Below is a FREE generic task data collection sheet for you to help with your record keeping.
FREE Data Collection Sheet for Student Tasks

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Grocery Shopping Life Skill Task

The ultimate "in room" grocery shopping experience can be found in this all in one task. for more information and preview please click on the link below.
Grocery Shopping Life Skill Task

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Very Inspirational Site

I found this wonderful Facebook page that has many posts that remind us of how we should be and how simple it can be to put a smile on someones face. I recommend that you take a look at it:
Ripple Kindness Project - Mooroolbark, VIC

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Student Blues After Holiday Breaks

Getting students motivated after long holiday breaks can be difficult to say the least.  I found a very interesting article that may help with some suggestions on how to get your students back on track.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Meal Sequence Task Bundle

This is a 7 card set in one convenient bundle. Each set is a different meal from the first step of presentation to the last ready to eat presentation.

This task helps with learning meal presentation and following visual order. It also is a great compliment task to my What's for Dinner Tonight? task. If you are interested in more sequence cards check out my Sequence Card Bundle #1.
Meal Sequencing Task Cards

Thursday, January 2, 2014

1st Task Creation for 2014

This is my first life skill task for 2014. Mailing letters is an everyday life skill good for any student to learn.  The post office task helps students learn how to label envelopes as well as follow task card directions. After labeling they will use corresponding number labels to place in the mail sorting box.

This task helps students with visual recognition, colors, following directions, word recognition, fine motor skills and life skills.

Reflecting Back On Family and Fun 2013

As the new year begins I reflect back on the fun times with family and look forward to many more of them during the years ahead. Here are just a few fun time photos for you to enjoy!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

I want to wish you all a very happy new year and pray for each of you to have a year full of health and happiness.

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