Saturday, December 22, 2012

Oh how time flys...

Oh wow!! I had a feeling this would happen. This semester totally flew by and I have had no time to write in this blog. Where do I begin....The year started off crazy and hectic as expected, but I have an excellent support team and program director. Teaching my staff how things are suppose to be is another story. I ended up having eight students and three paraprofessionals in my classroom. The schedule was set up to have four zones and two kids in each zone. This worked great and gave us enough time to have two rotations at each zone for 15 minutes each. That allowed the adult to have one on one time with the first student while the other student worked at an independent rotation doing one of either file folders, puzzles, work jobs, listening, computer, books, or break time.Then we would rotate the students to give each student one on one time.

My students have come so far from where we started that first week of school. It was rough to get through the aggression and non compliance, but once trust was built my students were working great. My favorite intervention this semester was a negative reinforcement technique where I would bring the vacuum in the zone when the student was not complying. This student does not like the noise a vacuum makes, but is fascinated by the way a vacuum works. All I had to do was put the vacuum in my zone ( not even turned on), and the student would comply. I was able to do so much with this student once I found what works.

I have great parents too, they were so kind and generous with gifts for the classroom and for me, before the holiday break. It means so much that they appreciate the time I spend with their kids everyday. They have made comments through out the semester about how well their kids are doing, but I know without the support from home my kids would not have made as much progress.

I will try and keep up with this blog over the break, but no guarantees when school starts up again.

Happy Holidays!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August currently

Ahhh only 23 days until school starts, this can't be!!! I've linked up with Oh boy 3rd Grade for this month's currently!!

My B2S must haves include

1. Anything green, purple, and teal. I have chosen those as my Zone colors. I'm thinking about these storage containers at Big lots...

2. This was my inspiration for my classroom colors, but I'm on my last month and need a new one.

3. I definitely need to restyle my hair, shorter with layers.

Here is my beloved UH Tervis cup, which is made in the USA!!! I've been known to mistakenly take it into restaurants embarrassing my husband.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Newbie Blog Hop

I have had so much fun with blog hops and linky parties. It is so exciting when I see one I can participate in. I found this one through Sarah's blog Yeehaw Teaching in Texas, but it is originally hosted by Janis at Grade 3 is the Place for Me.

The rules are to answer these three questions:

1. What state are you teaching in: TEXAS
2. Your current teaching position: Elementary Autism Class
3.What is your teaching experience: This is my first year!!!
4 When did you start blogging: I had a blog last year for reviewing books, but started my teaching blog this summer.
5. Share a blogging tip:  Join linky parties and blog hops like this one to get more followers. I find that knowing people read my post motivates my to write more, and return the favor by commenting and following. Also ask questions we are all here to help each other out!!

Check these out!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Zones for Classroom

I was able to get into my classroom a couple weeks ago and begin the daunting process of organizing, arranging, and setting up my classroom for zones. The Young Children with Autism program that I will be teaching in is highly structured with Applied Behavioral Analysis principles. The classrooms are designed to have as many zones as there are adults, I am lucky to have two paraprofessionals in my classroom, which makes three adults including me.

The zones are arranged using classroom furniture (study carrels, moveable walls, cubbies shelves, and whatever else), with one entrance/exit. Each zone will have a teacher table located at the enterance for one on one instruction.

The students are scheduled to be in zones for 60 minute rotations with 20 minute activity switches within each zone. Each student gets one on one time in the zone before moving to the next zone. A rotation set is complete when all students receive one on one with every adult in the classroom. Each student is required to have a minimum of 120 minutes of one on one instruction per day, therefore rotations take place twice a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

So far I have done stage one of setting up my classroom, which is to arrange the furniture into the zones. My classroom in part of a pod where there are two classrooms, a room for group time, an area for motor lab, and a lunch area.  Check out my pictures in the my classroom tab above!! So far I only have pictures of my room, but the group area, motor lab, and lunch area pictures will be up soon.

My next step is to color code each zone and organize materials, activities, and independent work spaces. I'm sure I'll have another lengthy post to explain my scheduling system.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

New Autism button

I have added a new autism button that will give therapy hours to children who can not afford it. Click on the button to go to and click the button on the front page, BAM you just provided an hour of therapy for a child in need!!!

The Autism Site

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Drumming to the beat of Different Marchers

This is a great read that I was able to be a part of during my student teaching. The author makes the book really related able and funny. It is a quick refresher and pleasant reminder of differentiating instruction, classroom management, and how to connect to your class on a personal level. I especially enjoy the parts on emotional intelligence because she gives great ideas on building community in the classroom.

Amazon link to the book

Friday, July 6, 2012

Kappa Delta Pi Resources

I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi the international Honor Society in Eduction. I joined in college and glad I did. The webinars are super helpful and there are a ton of articles about anything and everything education. I have been reading a lot of the first year teacher tips articles, which ease some of my anxieties. If you are a member don't forget about this great resource.

Kappa Delta Pi

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lovely Blog Award

I have only been blogging for a few weeks and was completely surprised to see that Mrs. Whiteley over at Toad-ally Exceptional Learners has given me this award. It feels so great to know someone is taking a peek. I visited her site, to see what this was all about and found out there are some "rules" for this award. 

1.  Follow the person who gave you the award.
2.  Link back to the person who gave you the award.
3.  Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers.
I absolutely love the quick networking blogging allows so here goes 15 bloggers I found...most are new to the teaching blogosphere. Yes I was a little bias to Texas and special education teachers, but the blogs are in no particular order.  Although some have not posted in a few months, they still have great resources so CHECK 'EM OUT!!

Special Speckled Eggs

Yeehaw Teaching in Texas
Tangled Up Teaching
Classroom in the Corner
Learning Outside the Box
Kickin' It In Kinder
Ms. Green Apple
Love 4 Special Ed

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Mrs. Stanfords 500 followers giveways!!!

Over at Mrs. Stanford's class I have learned so much already in my short experience with blogging. She has introduced me to so many new resources that all I can think about is getting on my computer to read through blogs and click, click , click away!!! Have fun exploring her blog!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ABA in the Classroom and Scheduling

Applied behavior analysis is the science of studying behavior. It is used in one on one settings to reduce behavior and improve the learning environment. Through reinforcement students are motivated to follow desired behaviors and repeat in the future. The structure helps children with special needs acquire skills that typical children learn naturally. 

 I have been working toward my BCaBA in a clinic that works one on one with children who have autism. My district structures the autism units around ABA, and I'm wondering if anyone has ever modeled their classroom after this. I will be getting the help of two aides, which makes 3 adults to about 10 students. How do you schedule the students and how much one on one time do the students get?

Friday, June 22, 2012


I am beginning my first year in a self contained Autism classroom starting in August. I have seen so many great ideas on blogs and pinterest, I thought this would be a great way to share my stories.

I anticipate my first few posts to be questions and welcome any suggestions on the topics introduced. Since I'm relatively new to the blogosphere, please bare with me and don't hesitate to follow.