Because Everyone Loves a Freebie!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

So Christmas has been a busy time. I have so many things that I need to put up here. My class was super busy. We worked on how to show thanks for our christmas gifts and also made many CUTE handmade presents for Parents! Pictures to come!

But here is the fun stuff. I've just made a telling time sheet for my students. It is free for you to use, but please do not share with others or copy as your own. Click on the link below to download. The file is free. All I ask that you do is comment and let me know how you like it.

Laughter & Learning,

There are things in life I just can't shut up about...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Have you ever stumbled across something that changes the way you do things in such a BIG way? The new find becomes part of your every day life, and you just can't remember how you did things before this wonderfulness came along? 
Well, maybe it's just me. =
I have this inexplicable urge to share things that I find that change my life. So here goes. 

Have you ever heard of Class dojo? 

It's not new anymore. It’s been out for a year and a half, maybe 2 years. I have been using it for about a year now and love it! It has changed the way I keep behavioral data. 

"So what exactly does it do?" might you ask. 

It allows you to have students make icons. Their icons can collect positive and negative points for making good or bad choices. I love using it on the smart board in my classroom so it is there as a visual reminder of how many positive or negative points a child has. At the end of the day it shows a graph of positive and negative points. Basically it gives you a percentage of good choices and a percentage of bad choices and shows it to you in graph form! At the end of the week I send the reports via email to parents so they can see how their child has done behavior wise for the week. Parents love it because it doesn't just focus on the negative behaviors; it shows the positive ones too. Administrators have been impressed at my IEP meetings because of the wonderful data it can show. 
Oh, and there's an app for that! No, seriously. They have apps, so you can put it on your class iPad, or your personal phone and take it on the go so you can data keep even on a field trip. =)  

I love the people at Class Dojo! They are always working on updates for it, too! You may have heard of it by now, but if even one person reads this that hasn't I will be ecstatic. 

Just so you know, class dojo is free and I wasn't paid to share my love of class dojo. I did it all for you. 
Check dojo out, if you haven't! I promise you won't be disappointed. Click here to go straight to them.

Learning & Laughter, 

...Because it's AU-some

Saturday, December 1, 2012

  "You spelled awesome wrong. "Yes, I am aware. I think it is spelled right though. The students I teach that have Autism are Au-some! I love them. I have such a passion for teaching students with special needs!  I love my job. I can't say that enough. I love helping my students grow and learn. I love to see all of their progress they have made over the year. 
I should probably back up and introduce myself. I'm Sarah, an intervention specialist in the great state of Ohio! (Go Buckeyes!) I love things that sparkle, teaching, dr. pepper, and laughter, although not in that exact order. I also have a love of Velcro, but you will hear about that a little later. This is my 3rd year teaching. The first two years I spent teaching second grade through seventh grade students with multiple disabilities. In my first two years I learned a great deal, like many beginning teachers do, I am sure. I've carried all that I have learned over to my new position as a teacher for students with Autism. I didn't choose to be a special educator; the profession chose me (I think). Everyday I thank God for leading it to me, or me to it. :) Whatever the case was. I think special educators and educators in general have the best sense of humor. Hey, maybe it is just me though. ;) 
I have a bachelor’s in Early childhood education from Ohio University and am almost done with my master’s degree in special education from Muskingum University. 
So what is the point of the blog may you ask? Well you may ask, but I don't have to answer! ha ha! 
I'm using this blog as a resource to promote the lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, etc., which I love and have found helpful in my work with special needs students. I view this as a blog to help out others that have found themselves close to a child with Autism. So if you are a parent, friend, educator, advocate, etc, I hope you find something useful to use with the kiddo in your life. 

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Learning & Laughter, 

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