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How to use Errorless Learning in a Distance Setting

Errorless learning is an evidence-based strategy that can be used in a variety of ways. This instructional strategy is designed to prevent incorrect responses. Errorless learning is a proven strategy effective in teaching discrimination skills. More simply, it allows students to build confidence and endurance during work. Errorless learning is one of my favorite tools to use!


Ways to Use Errorless Learning


I have two main ways I recommend using errorless learning in the classroom. I use it to help teach academic concepts and as independent work. Using errorless learning during academic concepts is a great way to build a bridge for students. Social studies concepts can be really abstract. Embedding errorless learning into your lessons in the form of comprehension questions and writing can help ensure your students acquire the lesson.


Errorless learning can also be used for independent work. Being able to work independently is a crucial life skill for our students, but if they are not able to complete matching, sorting and other tasks independently, you might be stuck on where to start. Try errorless learning! This is also a great solution in a distance learning setting. If you cannot give students access to other hands-on activities like put-in tasks, errorless Boom decks can be a way to fill the gap!


Errorless Learning on the Computer


Distance teaching has brought challenges on both the educator side and student side. We might discover our students are not proficient in using technology, especially if they don’t have prior access or interest in an iPad or computer. Errorless learning is perfect for this! Students can learn to use a mouse or use their finger to select items, click and drag and manipulate objects on the screen. The errorless component will help ensure success as students learn basic computer skills!


If you are ready to try errorless learning in your classroom, I have a ton of resources to choose from! From file folders and scenes to worksheets and digital activities, I have everything you need! Try out this free set of Christmas scenes to get started!

3 Reasons to Teach Holidays Around the World

If you are anything like me, you probably love and dread teaching in December. I always loved it because it was full of holidays and fun activities. I also dreaded it because it could be chaotic and a real drag at the same time. Holidays Around the World is the perfect solution. It will help you tie everything together in a stress-free way! I have three reasons why you should consider Holidays Around the World as your theme for December. 


Celebrate Diversity in the Classroom


Our classrooms are filled with students from diverse backgrounds. Each has its own rich culture and family traditions to honor. Holidays Around the World allows all students to see themselves in the lessons. It gives students an opportunity to share about their own families and allows you to honor the different cultures that weave together to create your classroom. 


Tie Social Studies into Holiday Concepts


Finding time to fit in the curriculum is tough every month, but it can be more challenging if you have a seasonal theme you want to use as well. Holidays Around the World takes care of that problem. Each holiday has a historical component, tying it directly into social studies. Use the texts you explore as a nonfiction piece to tie comprehension in as well. You can hit multiple subjects and keep it seasonal for December. What could be better?


Plan an Entire Month at Once


We are so much more than teachers. We want the classroom to be fun but we want to celebrate the holidays with our own friends and families. Nobody should have to be up late December 21 preparing one more day of lessons before winter break. Holidays Around the World takes the stress out for you. Plan out your four weeks, prep your materials, and run your copies. Relax and know that your students are getting a well rounded holiday lesson throughout the month. 


Does this sound like the perfect plan for your classroom? I have the resources you need to pull it all together. Grab my Holidays Around the World Bundle. Eight holidays are highlighted: Christmas (Religious), Christmas (Non-Religious), Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, St. Lucia’s Day, Las Posadas, and Chinese New Year. The bundle comes with an adapted book for each holiday, leveled comprehension, vocabulary resources, file folders, print and go worksheets, and recipes and crafts to tie everything together. Prep this at the beginning of December and be ready for the rest of the month.


If you are still distance teaching, the digital version would work as well! You will get the same eight books with comprehension as Boom decks. The built in audio feature makes this a great choice for independent work. I love teaching about holidays and I hope these resources help you do the same!

Holidays Around The World in Special Education

The holidays are right around the corner, where in the world has this year gone?!

Last year, I created a Holidays Around the World product that was geared towards special education classrooms. There are a ton of products on TpT that cover the topic of Holidays Around the World, but none of them were differentiated for our students. With many of these holidays happening SOON, I wanted to give you a look inside this bundle.

Top 10 Sensory Must-Haves from Amazon

When working with children with special needs, we often find that we need different types of sensory materials to help with sensory processing needs or classroom behaviors. I've put together a list of my top ten sensory favorites - all from Amazon! Many of these we used daily in my classroom!

Adapting Science & Social Studies Topics in Special Education

When I was teaching in a self-contained classroom, covering those tough Science & Social Studies topics were always so difficult for me. We had no adapted materials, and often the topics (like force & motion) were very difficult topics to teach to my students! I started creating full Science & Social Studies units with a variety of worksheets for this very reason - and just recently had the idea to make smaller adapted book + comprehension sets to briefly cover a topic without spending an entire month on it.

Differentiated Halloween Activities for the Special Education Classroom

October is RIGHT around the corner and is right up there with Christmas as one of my favorite holidays in the classroom. There is so much fun stuff you can do with your students during the month of October. In this blog post you'll see some of my go-to Halloween themed resources, books, task boxes, and songs!

Differentiated Fall Math Worksheets for Elementary Special Education

As a former special education teacher, I always had a hard time finding worksheets that fit my students needs and that I could use with more than one student in my classroom. Often times, our students have very different goals, so purchasing a set of worksheets on JUST counting was great for one student, but didn't help me with the other seven. This is exactly why I created the monthly math packs a few years ago!

Portable Schedules in Special Education

As special educators, it is SO important to set our students up for success throughout the total school environment. In early elementary years, this often includes visual schedules that we post up on the wall and have our students check when it's time to move from teacher time to speech, or any other type of 'switch' of task/environment. However, there is no 'one size fits all' for our students! Some students may require an object schedule, a word schedule, a real picture schedule, etc. What about those students who are in and out of your classroom but also require some type of schedule? They certainly can't be posted on your classroom wall if the student isn't in the classroom to check it! That is where portable schedules come in! Here are some of my favorite ideas from fellow special educators to create a portable schedule that can be used throughout the TOTAL school environment.

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