My group instruction area, or teacher table, has always been my favorite classroom space. When I did away with my teacher desk, it also became my home base. This is where we did morning meeting, read-alouds, direct instruction, and even snack. I keep everything on hooks on the the board behind so that I have it when I need it! What's your favorite classroom space?
I've had a LOT of timers, but I think this is my new favorite visual timer! I purchased this one for a student to carry with him as he transitioned to inclusion and different settings throughout the school day. It's small and has a handle and protective plastic cover to make it portable and durable. Do you have a favorite timer?
Fall is football season, and whoever you root for, I hope you'll consider using token boards in your classroom! Some students benefit from a clear, simple token board with minimal distractions. Other students may need a little extra motivation to increase buy-in and engagement. Incorporating student interests (like football!) into a behavior system is a great place to start! I'll be adding this football-themed token board to my token board growing bundle tomorrow. Grab it before the price goes up! Reinforcer, schedule, and rule cards are also included. (link in profile)
I've been on an apple orchard field trip almost every year I've been teaching. It's one of my favorite fall activities! To set my students up for success, I always read an apple picking social story the week before and have visuals on hand for the big day! If you have an upcoming apple orchard field trip, you can grab this pack in my link in profile. (Apples not included!)
Do you know your ABCs (of behavior)? Do your fellow teachers, aides, and parents? As special educators, we make learning accessible for our students, but we also make behavioral concepts and jargon accessible for key stakeholders (like teachers, aides, and parents!) You can grab this ABC handout for free in my TpT store. It's also included in my data sheet growing bundle along with other behavioral handouts. (link in profile)
My environmental print alphabet has always been one of my favorite classroom visual aids. It's so engaging for students as they recognize many of the logos! Unfortunately I don't have a complete copy of this available in my store because most of the images are trademarked, but I have a blank template available so you make you're own (link in profile). It's relatively easy to make your own and it's much more fun because you can incorporate regional images that are relevant to your students!
I love how @stylinginspecialed is using my feelings/want choice board to support communication in her classroom. Her idea to store it on a clipboard is so smart! That makes it easy to grab and take with the student around the classroom and the school. A visual is only useful when it's functional and easily accessible! (link in profile)
Color-coding is a quick way to add an extra visual cue to any behavior visual. I like to keep it simple with green for go (for appropriate behaviors or do this) and red for stop. I choose blue or another color for neutral cues like bathroom, waiting, or bus. (link in profile)