Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How Do You Assess Your Students??

A few years ago I got really tired of running around the room whenever I needed to assess my students. I decided to put all of the manipuatives that I might need in one place. For now, it's in this very basic box. I can take it around the room to test each student. I also use a class binder that has data recording sheets and assessment tracking sheets. I bring the binder with me as well for documentation and recording. Not every student will need everything that's in the box but I tried to make it as complete as possible for all students. 

Assessment Box

Contents of Assessment Box

Here is a list of the items I keep in my assessment box: 

  • upper/lower case letters of alphabet
  • number cards and grid
  • cubes for counting ( 1:1 correspondence)
  • clock
  • coins
  • shapes
  • weather pictures/clothing pictures
  •  (I use this to test when to wear certain types of clothing)
  • Dolch sight words
  • scissors to assess cutting skills
  • stickers as motivators

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Work Task Boxes!

If you have not yet seen these work boxes they are amazing! They are made by Attainment Company and they were made just for our students with special needs. They have so many options and a huge variety of tasks. In our school, I share them with the autism teacher and then half way through the year we switch so that our students are not bored. These boxes can be expensive at about $89 per box ( less if you buy an entire set) but one options to help pay for them is through Donors Choose

Here are a few of the sorting activities!

Attainment Company Work Boxes

Here are some videos of my students using the work boxes.

If you really don't have it in your school budget, my next post will be on work boxes that we made using items from the dollar tree!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ABC order the "FUNctional" way!

I am always striving to teach my students a combination of academics with functional skills. Since my kiddos struggle with alphabetical order, I bought these filing sets from Office Depot to use during our vocational AND reading time. They are so fun, the kids LOVE them and they really work! Over time, the kids see and remember the order of the letters and since the file goes front to back it really reinforces the alphabetical order concept! Take a peek! 

Start with any type of alphabetical filing system. This is what I used but really there are many different kinds.

You can use ANY letters. I used upper and lower case letters!

As you can see you can also file by numbers or months! SO many options!

Also great for fine motor skills! Filing is such a useful skill!

These make such a fun and effective station in my room and the kids really enjoyed it!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Target Dollar Deals!!!

If you have a black and white themed classroom ...or heck even if you don't these are some great classroom storage items for $1.00! It doesn't get much cheaper than that! There were also many other colors. I wasn't even sure what I was going to use them for, so I took them to my room today and here is what I have so far. There are really so many uses for them, and the coupon holders are the PERFECT size for most task cards! Hurry up and get to Target!

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