Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas TouchMath Supplement Worksheet Packet

Here are some "No Prep Print and Go" Christmas Math worksheets your special ed students will love! Here is what is included:

+ Five pages where students count pictures(sometimes multiples of the same pictures, sometimes different pictures, sometimes overlapping pictures, and sometimes the pictures are on the numbers.)

+ Five pages of addition problems (with sums to 18), where the students count pictures on numbers to solve.

+ Finally, there are two pages with addition problems where the numbers only have dots on them. Note, I made a font which has double dots on digits 6-9 instead of a dot and a circle like TouchMath to help my students who have trouble counting the circle. Try it out and tell me what you think!  

Check the resource out here! Plus get it for 50% off for the first 24 hours (I'm started to do this with all my products, so be sure to follow my store to you are notified when a new resource is available.)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Kindness Topic #3

I love, love, love this quote from Mark Twain!  Ask kids:  What does this quotation mean? How can kindness be shown using our different senses? How can a blind person see kindness?  How can someone who is deaf hear kindness?

This Class Discussion Series is for anyone, young students, older students, general ed, special ed. Teachers can adapt to meet the needs of the classroom. Click here to see other kindness topics.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Kindness Discussion Topics #1 & 2

Topic #1 is a current popular saying. 

If you throw confetti do you expect to gather it back up? No, you are giving it freely to everyone, with no return expectations. How can someone throw kindness like confetti?  Have students brainstorm situations in which they were kind to someone else. Think of situations where someone might expect something back as a result of their kindness... were they REALLY being kind?

Kindness Topic #2:
You will never regret being kind.

#2 Discuss what regret means.  Why should we never regret being kind?   If we are really being kind, what type of attitude do we have?  Compare this saying with topic #1.  If you do regret being kind, did you really have a kind attitude to begin with?

Challenge kids to find small ways to be kind to others. Open a door for someone, pick up trash outside. At home, take the trash out without being asked. Ask a parent or sibling how their day was and listen to their answer!

This Class Discussion Series is for anyone, young students, older students, general ed, special ed. Teachers can adapt to meet the needs of the classroom.

Five Time Saving Tips and Tools for IEP Case Managers

Are you a new special ed teacher or speech/language teacher who mostly works with students in general ed classes? Do you feel like you're going in circles trying to plan for the school year? 

It can be daunting to think about how to organize and keep on top of upcoming assessments, IEP meetings, new students, working with general education teachers, paraprofessionals, etc.  I can understand why because there is a lot to put into practice, even for those of us who have been at it for years!  Besides the most immediate things to do like room set up, student information/goals, and deciding on a behavior management system, here are some things to think about as you start the school year.

Here are 5 tips to help you save time and work more productively during the school year:

1. Daily or Weekly schedule for you and any staff. I have to admit, I think getting the initial schedule together is probably the hardest part of back to school for me.  First, you have to find out what service delivery method you will be using.  You will also need to find out daily schedules from the teachers of your students...sometimes the whole grade teach subjects at the same time. I get out a bunch of sticky notes and for each student on my caseload I write their name, room #, grade and goals (abbreviate as much as possible). Since my students have goals focused on reaching standards, typical areas are reading decoding, reading comprehension, writing, math calculation, math reasoning, and attention.  

Depending on whether you will be serving your students via full-inclusion, co-teaching, pull-out, etc. will depend on how to keep making the schedule.  If you and/or your paras are going out to all classes, then you can make your schedule with this information. Remember to consider when grade levels to go to recess and lunch, and when you and your paras have breaks or other duties (transportation, yard duty, toileting, feeding, etc.) Put each of those things on a separate sticky note (a different color even). Either on a white board, on poster board or on a file folder you open up, make columns for each person who will be having a schedule. For now, just keep it as columns. 

2. Communication/collaboration with general ed teachers. Be a team member and work together to provide educational access, accommodations to help your shared students meet their goals. If you push-in, provide full inclusion services or co-teach, remember that you are still a guest in her class. Clean up after yourself, take the initiative to help her pass out supplies, set up stations, and don't correct her if she makes a grammar or factual error (even the most seasoned teachers can get flustered when another teacher visits). Assist in making visual schedules, behavior systems for your students and help her implement them. If you make a mistake, own up right away, and apologize, don't let perfection or competition stifle a new working relationship. Think about how you can be helpful and make her life easier.

General ed teachers will come to you for help and advice on topics such as students with chronic behavior issues.  You will want to collect and have resources available which you can share with them, and help them implement, if needed. 

3. Paperwork! On top of grading work, testing and maybe homework, there is lots of IEP related paperwork. Think about how to keep track of all the papers such as data collection, assessments you are in the middle of, progress monitoring, getting meeting notices signed by parents, etc. Many districts/county offices of education provide IEP software to help develop IEPs and provide other resources such as caseload lists, data collection forms, progress reports, and more. Find out what your district provides. Instead of handwriting your own lists, you may only have to print something from the software. 

Don't forget the IEP handouts for the meetings (parent rights, state insurance billing and more - including foreign languages).  You also need to stay on top of IEP due dates - don't just look at the annual dates, but the triennial dates don't always line up. If you look ahead you can often hold them together. Besides the mandatory parent, administrator and special ed teacher (you) you need to invite other specialists who might be on the student's IEP team (i.e. APE, OT, VI, DHH, OI, PT, Autism, etc. See end of this post if you don't know what the acronyms stand for).

4. Reporting Progress. Then, just as things start to settle, it is time for report cards, IEP progress reports and parent conferences. And, yes, the principal really wants to you attend parent conferences for each of the 25 students on your caseload from Transitional Kinder to sixth grade! (That happened to me my first year.) How do you do that? You will need to do more data collection and check for progress on goals, then update all the goals for each student (or collaborate with other IEP team members).

5. Customized sticky notes!! Making these saves me a ton of time and are much more professional than my bad handwriting. Some are as simple as "Please sign and return" in Spanish to put on a note home. Others are more detailed such as a data collection sticky note that we use in class, or a check off list of things I need remember to do when preparing for initial assessments and IEPs.

If you can relate to these situations, and are looking for ideas and answers to be more organized, then check out my IEP Case ManagerTime Saving Tools

You will find ten chapters filled with explanations, forms and tools to help you:
  • Shock your principal when you ARE able to attend all those parent conferences.
  • To have something up your sleeve to help that teacher who is out of ideas for solving a student behavior problem.
  • To have quick data collection and informal goal assessments tailor-made to the goals of your students. 
  • To make customized check off lists that cover EVERYTHING you need to do before and after the IEP meeting.
  • In addition, a whole system for keeping all IEP paperwork confidential, and having teachers sign off when they receive accommodations, etc. 
This resource comes in an editable PowerPoint document. You will start with samples and partially filled templates (for examples) that you can edit any way that suits your situation.  I also provide directions on how to make super cool customized sticky notes to save you time... I include editable templates, but once you try it, you'll come up with bazillion other ways to use them! 

Acronyms used:
IEP: Individualized Education Plan (or Program)
APE; Adapted Physical Education
OT: Occupational Therapy
OI: Orthopedically Impaired or Orthopedic Impairment
VI: Visually Impaired or Vision Impairment
DHH: Deaf, Hard of Hearing
PT: Physical Therapy

Cyber Monday Sale (and Tuesday and Wednesday!)

Site Wide Sale today and tomorrow!  Everything in my store is 20% off.

Use the code: CYBER1 during check out to get another 5% off.

Another way to save money:  Make sure to leave feedback on your past purchases, which will earn you credits. 20 credits=$1, which can be used to save even more money on future purchases.  I just shared a video on how to leave feedback (also called rating purchased products) on my facebook page.

Finally, on Wednesday you can still get 20% off in my store (but the TpT promo code is only for Nov. 27-28). Happy shopping!!!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Class Discussion Topics Series: Introduction and Topics #1-3

I'm starting a new ongoing series on Class Discussion Topics to be used for anyone: young students, older students, general ed, special ed, adults, etc.

Teachers can adapt to meet the needs of the classroom.Use the topics to start a class discussion - either whole class, or in small groups.  Or maybe pair off students have them discuss it for 30 seconds, then switch partners and discuss again (change the amount of time depending on the age of your class).  You can adapt this to be used has a whole lesson, series of lesson, or just as a way to use a few extra minutes at the end of class more productively.

If you use this in a longer unit, or if a particular topic really gets kids engaged, then you might want students to produce something to show what they learned: art, writing, video, rap/song, video, etc.  Again this can be done whole class, in small groups, pairs, or even individually.  Again, this could be done simply in one day, or spread it out over a week or more.

Some topics may be stand-alone or may be part of series of topics under the same theme. To begin, I've choose three discussion topics in the area of Thankfulness.  It is November after all, with the Thanksgiving holiday. Being thankful is a lifelong skill that can lead to a happier life! Many people choose to end the end by listing a few things they are thankful for. These topics could help students to cultivate this skill. Below are three different topics on Thankfulness which could be used before or after Thanksgiving, or any time of the year at all!

Topic Day 1:
Be thankful for what you already have. What is something you are grateful for if you time to think about it?  The class can quickly brainstorm a bunch of things - indoor plumbing, toothpaste, shoes, clean water, electricity, etc.

Topic Day 2: 
Be thankful for something someone else has.  Let's really things of others today. Can we be thankful for things that other have those things don't benefit us?  For example: even though I really wish I had a dog, I'm grateful my friend got one because he doesn't have any pets at all.

Topic Day 3:
Be thankful for someone who does so much behind the scenes. Try to think of people who help others all the time, but might not get a lot of thanks, like a kind bus driver or volunteer. Or maybe your mom or dad.

Hopefully these topics will get your students thinking about being grateful for than the stuff they have. Moreover, maybe they will reach out and tell someone why they are thankful for them!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Win a Free Paper Cutter and More!

I can still remember how excited I was when I got a paper cutter for Christmas my first year of teaching. I still get happy thinking about it. I know, it's wasn't the typical Christmas gift of clothes, jewelry, etc.!  But most teachers will agree that having one close by whenever you need it is so incredibly helpful! My paper cutter has followed me to every school and class I've taught in. I've had the blade sharpened a couple of times* over the almost 30 years I've had it, and it still works great!! So I thought a paper cutter would be a great prize for this give-a-way!!! The paper cutter I chose is a 12 inch guillotine type paper cutter from Amazon. Keep reading to find out what you need to do to enter. But note that if you win, you need to give me your address within 48 hours. Then I will purchase it on Amazon and have it shipped directly to you.

Just remember there is an important rule to follow with this type of paper trimmer:   Don't leave it sitting out where kids have access to it. Put it in a closet or cupboard when it isn't in use. Even if you teach older kids... who knows what could happen if kids were just messing around one day when you weren't there.  So don't take that chance. Put it away when you are done using it.

Giveaway Details:
To show how grateful, thankful and blessed I am for all of you, I'm teaming up with some of my teacher buddies to bring you a "block party" giveaway! All 7 of us are offering a giveaway on our IG pages to give back to you! Enter all 7 giveaways or just the ones you want. One winner from each account will be chosen and announced on Nov. 12, 2017.  (Winner must respond within 48 hours or I will choose another winner.

How to enter:
1. Go to my Instagram page:  @Lisagoodellequip
2. Like my giveaway post.
3. Follow me on Instagram.
4. Comment on my giveaway post by naming a teacher and/or teaching tool you are thankful for.
5. Tap the photo on my Instagram post to see the next giveaway.

*When the blade of any paper cutter needs to be sharpened, take it in to the local fabric store whenever their next scissor and knife sharpening event happens.