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Q&A about My Sample Schedules - Post #6 in Blog Series: "Self Contained Class Sample Schedules"

We are to the end of this blog series on schedules in a self-contained special ed class. I have talked about schedules for you, paras, and substitutes. I've discussed starting your schedule and schedules for the first days of school... and what to do about interruptions to your schedule. I've showed you over 14 schedules so far! So I thought to finish up I'd answer some questions that I've gotten over the last month while writing this.

Yay, I barely met the deadline I gave myself ...to finish the blog posts, plus update editable schedules resource in my TpT store by Aug. 31. This has been hard to do since I started back at school on Aug. 8th and we got our daughter off to college last weekend. Now I am going back through this post to add links to some of the curriculum and activities I talk about.


Eight More Sample Schedules! - Blog Post #5 in "Self-Contained Sped Class Schedule Blog Series"

Welcome to blog post #5 in my series on sample schedules for self-contained special ed classes. In California we call this Special Day Class - SDC.  Self-contained classes can be mild/moderate, moderate/severe, multiple grades and/or disabilities in one class, or just one or two disabilities in a class (i.e. autism class). In this blog post I am going to show a bunch of schedules. If you are interested in getting editable versions of them in MSWord documents, see the link at the end of this post.

Sometimes when I had fewer grades in my class (for example second, third and fourth) I was able to teach some lesson whole group. But other years I found that was better to teach everything in smaller groups. I think part of that was when I had many students in many grades (for example 17 students in grades K-4).


Plan for a Substitute Teacher - Post #4 in Blog Series: "Self Contained Class Sample Schedules"

In this blog post I’m going to talk about how you might consider adjusting your schedule when you have a substitute teacher in your self-contained special ed classroom. It is best if you think about this as you design your schedule at the beginning of the year (which is why I'm talking about it now). Will you keep the same schedule when you have a substitute? My answer is yes, as much as is reasonable, since your students do better when things are as consistent as possible. I usually keep the same schedule such as students rotating stations and going to their inclusion classes, but I might change what they do during station time in my class.

You can easily turn your typical schedule into lesson plans for a substitute teacher. I open my schedule, then "save as" and name it something like "sub plans rough draft." Then I add details explaining what happens during the day (i.e. yard duty before school, what do for attendance, behavior, stations, recess etc.).  I know that some substitutes might not want to read pages of information, but I have found that the day will go smoother, if the sub knows some of the "little things" that students and paras might come to expect. My target audience for this article is special ed teachers, so you probably know how a student can have a meltdown when a very small thing happens that they didn't expect! (Same for mothers of young children.) So please consider writing out some notes that can turn in to your substitute lesson plans. It will make it easier when you find out you have to be absent the next day... plus, no one wants to be writing lesson plans after cleaning up after a sick kiddo in the middle of the night! In fact, some principals require that teachers turn in a set of emergency lesson plans the first week of school.


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Master Rotation Schedule - Post #3 in Blog Series: "Self Contained Class Sample Schedules"

In this third installment of the series, I am showing you my master student rotation schedule. It is the foundation of my schedule for the rest of the year (see my previous blog post about my first week schedules). I make this master schedule static - meaning it just tells where everyone should be at a given time during the day. I only change it if I get new students or if students move away. It is posted all over the room so everyone can check it if needed. Since it is static, I have a different schedule with special lessons that myself and my paras use during the week - that schedule changes more often.

Study this schedule (see below) called "Station Rotations" carefully to see how students are rotate through groups. Basically, before recess they rotate through seven stations. After recess from 10:30 to 1:00 they rotate through seven stations again (with lunch in the middle). Notice "As of ____" at the top of the page. I put the date I created it, since I will need to make changes in the future. Later in the year when I see an old schedule, I will know it is old because of the "As of" date.
My class has three kidney tables - one for me and each of my two paras. Since I have so many students I divide each kidney table in half because two groups will be at kidney table at once. When the schedule says LEARN, that is where they will get direct instruction from an adult on one half of the kidney table. The following station at that table is where they should be doing something that they can do independently (they just move to the other half of the table). I have CHROME listed there because often they are working on Chromebooks (laptop computers). So the adult with teaching the first group, but she can see what the second group is doing.  So everyone knows that "LEARN" on the schedule is teacher/adult time, and "CHROME" on the schedule is independent time. There is an additional station called "CHOICE." During this time they can work on something on the floor near my table or go back to their desk to do something independent.  I usually have two choices for them to work on. There are times that they don't have a choice, but it still says "CHOICE" on the schedule and everyone knows what that means.


Schedules for the FIRST WEEK of School - Post #2 in Blog Series: "Self Contained Class Sample Schedules"

Since every school and class is different so I am sharing what I have done regarding class schedules to help other teachers out. I really have a soft heart for new special ed teachers, or those moving to a new school/grade/class. I have found that resources are usually limited, so we sped teachers need to stick together, encourage each other and help each other out.  So that is why I offer these sample schedules - please adapt and change them according to the needs of your students.  I know when I started teaching self-contained I collaborated with other sped teachers and scoured the internet looking for ideas. So if this helps you, great! If it doesn't, that is too bad, but maybe it will help you cement in your mind with DOES work with your population of students.  So here is PART TWO: THE FIRST WEEK.

We usually have a short week at the beginning of the school year, so the first few days are just getting the kids used to coming to school and waiting until lunch to eat (they will get hungry sooner so have a snack ready, even you usually won't be providing a snack). Below is a sample of what I have done for the first week of school when I taught special ed multi-grades in a self-contained room. In California, this is called a special day class, or SDC class. This class was on a general ed public school campus (student population was around 1,000 Pre-K to sixth grade).


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