Special Education Summer Blog Hop: Scheduling!

I am SO excited to to be a part of the Special Education Summer Blog Hop hosted by Kinder SPED Adventures!!

Over the next 5 weeks, we will be talking about these hot topics:

This week is all about SCHEDULING! I have a serious love/hate relationship with scheduling. I LOVE the puzzle that it is and trying to get everything to fit in (which is crazy hard when you have up to 6 grade levels!). But man oh man do I HATE how many times I have to change my schedule in the first two months of school. It always changes when Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy comes in with their schedules. And then something that looked great on paper, is a disaster in real time. After 5 years, I feel like I have scheduling down to a science!

Here are my schedules from last school year:

(Click on these to see them better!!) 
Alright, so this might look MEGA confusing at first glance, but I promise it all has a rhyme & reason!

Our schedule can get very crazy and I have to map out each day of the week. Our school runs on 40 minute blocks, so that is how I have to set up my day. My classroom is a K-5 classroom (last year I had every grade except for 5th) and all of my students go with their regular education classroom to their "encore" (that's what my school calls Music, Art, & PE). Typically, these students are in their encore with a paraprofessional for any supports they may need. We also have an adapted encore as a class, which is used as my planning period!

I like to color coordinate this schedule per student. Each student has their own color (plus I use initials as well!). Each student is allotted 40 minutes each day to work on their individual IEP goals, which I list as 1:1 on the schedule. Students also rotate to independent work bins, fine motor work, whole group, small group, etc. I will get into this more when we talk about classroom set-up!

As we know as special educators, the schedule doesn't ALWAYS go as planned (shocker right?! hehe). If a student isn't able to sit and work for 40 minutes, I modify it for them. They might need to take a sensory break 10 minutes in, or work for something such as books or computer.

The one thing I ALWAYS incorporate into my schedule is morning group and a whole group. When I started teaching in my district, many of these students were never expected to sit at a desk for a whole group activity. This is SO important, plus it's a great time for me to work on the extended standards with everyone! We use Unique Learning Systems during our whole group time most days, or even do fun activities such as a theme craft, bingo, etc.!

Here is a more "basic" schedule for me to look at a quick glance, a little less confusing!

Again, each student's name is at the top (with their color that is used on my other classroom schedule), and is a lot easier to read. It doesn't include related services or possible changes because of a certain day of the week, rather is a general overview of each student's day.

Obviously, each year holds a new schedule. Some years we can do centers, small group, or multiple whole groups. Some years, we have to stick to a lot of individual work or 1 adult working with 2 students! Depending on my student's abilities, grade levels, and our staff ratio, it's always an exciting puzzle for me to figure out come August!

Check out Erin's post ALL about scheduling over at You AUT-a Know!


TPT Seller Challenge Week 2: Dare to Dream!

This week, the girls over at Sparkling in Second Grade, Third in Hollywood, Teach Create Motivate, & Peppy Zesty Teacherista challenged us to dream BIG! I love this week because there is SO much I hope to do in the coming years!

These are a few of the BIG dreams I have for my future with TPT! Right now, I'm still living in an apartment with monthly rent (basically I feel like I'm lighting my money on fire and throwing it out the window, haha!). I can't WAIT to buy my own place where I don't feel like I'm just throwing money away. Plus, not having to hear the neighbors below you at all hours of the night would be nice too. ;-) (True story y'all)

Another BIG dream? Pay off those stinkin' student loans! I saw this on a LOT of people's "Dare to Dream" posts. I mean seriously, don't we all want to get these out of the way? One day I'll get there...one day!

And lastly, I want to TRAVEL! Every year I try to go to some new places, many of them where I have friends to make the traveling a little cheaper. I want to see it all! Just a few places on my list...Australia, Ireland, Italy (again!), Hawaii, a winter cruise somewhere WARM, a long 3-4 week long US road trip. I mean seriously, send me EVERYWHERE.

I love where this TPT journey has taken me so far & can't wait to see what the future has in store for me next! Well, I guess Vegas is next, huh? ;-)

TPT Seller Challenge Week 1: Makeover Madness!

This week starts Week 1 of the #tptsellerchallenge and I am SO excited!! I have been getting so excited for Vegas and this is a great way for me to start working on my store. Making over products (specifically old, ugly product covers) is something that I've been desperately needing & wanting to do! I couldn't just choose one to to do (& honestly will probably work on a few more this week!). Here are some of the products that I chose to makeover their covers!

This is one of my older products and MOST USED in my classroom, but my goodness how UGLY was that cover. I probably thought that looked so awesome when I made it. Yikes! I LOVE the new cover and of course had to go buy some adorable clip art to make it stand out!

OK now this one - I just laughed. My cover was DIRECTIONS on how to put it together. Now that's embarrassing. I should've fixed this one (and the next, just you wait) a LONG time ago. I use these as file folders in our independent work bins DAILY!

Another product that I just laughed at. No question, this one needed a face lift too! I LOVE this new product cover. It's simple but so cute! Again, another product that I use almost daily in our independent work bins!

Are you getting tired of seeing all these re-vamped covers yet? I'm not done...;-)

I hated this cover so much. Everything about it. And I love these file folders, so it needed to be changed as well!

These last two product covers I updated weren't terrible, but I didn't love them. They are my top two BEST SELLERS -- I need to love them! So so happy with how they turned out!!!

The best part?! All of these products are 20% off for the next 72 hours!!! Click the pictures above to go to each product, or just go to my store HERE!
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