Friday, October 24, 2014

Social Thinking

Do your kids love superhero?  Mine do!  They love this new social skills program that I've found.   The kids get to work with the superhero Superflex.  Superflex saves Social Town from the team of Unthinkables.  Super flex teaches the kids different strategies they can use to defeat the Unthinkables.

The first book teaches kids how to outsmart Rock Brain.  They learn what to do when their brains get stuck on activities or topics they want to do.

Several of my students have a difficult time knowing the difference between a big problem and a small problem.  The Superflex curriculum has the answer.  We are now using this book where my kids are learning about Glassman.  Glassman makes you have a HUGE reaction to a small problem.  My students are learning different strategies they can try immediately to defeat this villain.  

To help my kids get motivated to learn and practice their skills, we turned our closet into Social Town.  We have Superflex flying down to rescue the citizens.  Since we are talking about Rock Brain and Glassman, we added them to our town.  All of the kids also have their own superhero mask they get to wear during our lessons.  Social Skills is now the highlight of our day.

You can find out more about these resources by clicking here.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Do you use Whole Brain Teaching?

Do you use Whole Brain Teaching in your classroom?  This is my first real attempt at it.  I must say, that I have been absolutely amazed at the progress my students are showing.  I am using WBT strategies in writing.  I am starting slowly and will progress as my students and I grow in this process.

During the second week of school, I asked my students to write a paragraph about where they like to go.  Here are a few examples of what they gave me:

I like going to the store because I can get toys and I can play with them when I get hot and I get candy at the store  and I get coke

I like to go home
I like to zoo.
I like to dog.

I like going to art.
I like drawing.
I like painting.

Yesterday, we wrote a paragraph about our favorite movie.  We discussed topic sentences and why topic sentences are so important.  I used the lesson from the book Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids.  I really liked how the lesson was outlined.  Here's the writing my kids produced.

My favorite movie is frozen because it is sad and they sing.  Ana freezes her head and she shuts the gates.  Elsa sings when the gates open.  She is happy.

My favorite movie is Mulan because she brings honor to her family and she helps her father.  She goes to war.  She dresses like a man.

My favorite movie is How to Build a Better Boy because he is a robot and he plays football.  He is a robot because a girl made him in a lab on a computer.  He plays football because he wants to.

I know what you're thinking.  I did NOT coach or correct anything.  Amazing, right?!  I can't wait to see where we are in May!  It's going to be a great year!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We Love Special Ed Teachers!!

Did we mention how much we love special educators??! 
Well just to show you how much, 24 of us have joined together to help you start your new year out with a BOOM! 
We are beyond excited and even more excited for you! Ok, maybe even just a wee bit jealous! :)
These 24 awesome special educators, including me, have put together 5 fabulous giveaways and a freebie hop with over 20 freebies just for you!! 
Shall we get this party going!!? 
Are you ready?
The first 3 giveaways are split into 3 categories; early childhood, primary, and intermediate! So be sure to enter the one for your grade level! You can click on any of the pictures to view the product in their store or to wishlist it in case you don't win!!{wink}
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Early Childhood Pack!
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Primary Pack!
Seriously!!!!?? Are you feeling the Love?!
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Intermediate Pack! As you know, it can be a challenge finding resources on TpT for this level, but we did manage to put a few things together that we think you'll love!
a Rafflecopter giveaway But wait! There's MORE! David at "Attainment Company" was generous enough to give two lucky teachers a copy of this e-Book for their iPad. (This e-Book is compatible ONLY for iPad, so if you do not have an iPad do not enter!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway 
How many of you have seen this book, or are even using it in your classroom to assess and determine presents levels?? Brigance CIBS
Last year a new and improved updated version was released...... Brigance CIBS II
and we're super excited that Robin at "Curriculum Associates" has generously donated it for us to give to one of you!! Folks, this is a $339.00 value!! Now this one definitely makes us just a wee bit jealous!  (Our apologies, but this one is for U.S. residents only) a Rafflecopter giveaway And now it's time for a............... FREEBIE HOP!
You can grab my Picture Schedule for your classroom by clicking on the picture.  I have included the basics and a blank card so you can customize it to fit your classroom.  I like to put magnetic tape on the back to make it easy to rearrange my schedule as needed.

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