This summer I read a ton of books about scheduling, making the most of your day, setting goals, and being mindful. I’m so glad that I read them over the summer because now that I’m in the midst of work chaos, I can barely think straight! I have boiled down much of my reading into 5 essential tips for having
I love planning for October! It is so much fun to do Halloween and monster activities with my students (even though I really don’t even celebrate Halloween myself). I have included my “warm up” and homework activities within the lesson plans. I have added new lesson plans for Articulation (divided by age level). I have divided my social skills lessons
“Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning.” (RTI Action Network) My
Update: This unit was comletely revised 6/2015. It’s now better than ever!! Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. The Stranger is by one of my all time favorite author/illustrators, Chris Van Allsburg (author of Polar Express). And I’m really excited that I FINALLY made a unit for it that I love! I enjoy using this book with the older
Of all the things that I did expect upon completing grad school, managing complex and challenging behavior was NOT one of them. I did not take a single class on students with trauma or emotional disturbance. I was never trained in how to write a functional behavior assessment or restrain a child. I LEFT the teaching field because of behavior.
I go to the gym four times per week. I attempt to get in 10,000 steps per day. I’m big into movement. My kids go to a school that values movement as well. The PTA paid for weekly yoga instruction for many of the students a few years ago. This year, my daughter’s entire class is using exercise balls in
I had just finished my last college final of my freshman year. My room was packed. My roommate had already left for the summer. I was leaving the next day. And then I got the call. One of the calls that you dread more than anything. A beloved family member is in the ICU and it doesn’t look good. He
Dear School Year, I am onto you. I spent a lot of time reading self-help books this summer. In fact, I read 32 books this summer. 11 of those books were about ways to find inner-peace, organization, and yes, even fun, in the midst of crazy, hectic, and otherwise stressful lives. This year, you will not claim “me”. I’ve got
Don’t hate me. My students still haven’t started school. In fact, they won’t start until a few days AFTER Labor Day. My own children (in the district next to where I work) will be two weeks into school before my students return. I know that might sound awesome, but what I’d really truly prefer is to start back earlier and
I can’t believe I’m making lesson plans again! I’d forgotten how time consuming the process is (but how rewarding it is to have it all complete and ready to go!). I’m trying out a few new things this year with my lesson plans: I have included my “warm up” and homework activities within the lesson plans. I have added new
I attended a marine biology camp during the summer after my sophomore year of high school. I had always loved ocean things. I had a fish-covered duvet cover. I had beautiful underwater life prints covering my bedroom walls. I adored “The Little Mermaid” and can still sing every single song from that movie. I was a “fish” and “underwater” girl.
No lie, when I was eleven years old, I signed myself up for a “healthy body” (aka weight loss) weekly program. By no means was I severely overweight. But I had a tummy. And I was a pre-teen. And I was nervous. My mom had been on and off of weight loss programs for my entire life, and I think