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!!