Saturday, August 31, 2013

Consistency in the Classroom & New Blog Design!!

This is my first post since my custom blog design has been installed! Isn't it pretty!? I just love it. I have to give a shout out to Barbara at Ruby Slippers Blog Designs! She is amazing and I would totally recommend her to anyone that is considering a new blog design.

I've been in school for about 3 weeks now, and I am starting to see where other teachers are going back, too. I thought it'd be a good time to post about consistency!! It is so important, but how easily we forget with the every day hustle and bustle. There should be consistency in every area of your job; personal/classroom organization, classroom management, and student learning.

Personal and Classroom Organization

In my opinion, it is important to be personally organized before you can be organized in the classroom! Paperwork, planning, and grading can be overwhelming. If those areas are running smoothly, it is easier to focus on your classroom. 

My favorite thing that keeps me organized personally is my Teacher/Caseload Binder. The following things are included in my binder; Schedule, Calendar, Student Contact Info, School Contact List, Resources Contact List, Parent Communication Log, Communication Log, IEP's at a Glance (sorted by grade level), Goal Data Tracking, Sped Service Minutes Documentation, Meeting Notes, Emergency Procedures, and TpT & Blog Ideas (since they do hit at random times). I was planning on posting pictures of my binder, but I think I am going to wait. I still may change some things about it. 

Classroom organization and consistency go hand in hand. You need classroom organization to keep things running consistently, and you need to be consistent with routines and procedures to stay organized! The biggest thing I can say about classroom organization is to make a place for EVERYTHING! Everything else will kind of fall into place, but.... be consistent with it! 

Classroom Management

We all have rules and procedures to follow in the classroom. We all have posters and other fun ways to put these rules and procedures in to action. However, it is important that we all evaluate ourselves to make sure we stay consistent with our plan of action! The biggest thing, I think, for classroom management is to have a system that you know you will stick with. For example, if the school has a behavior management system as a whole, but you know it's not working for your classroom, add and change things to make it work for you! 

Student Learning

So many things can break our motivation to stay on top of student learning. By Wednesday, most of us are just exhausted! We may not feel good, but not feel bad enough to call in. We may have things going on at home that interfere with our functioning at school. I could go on and on about struggles that we all face that cause us to not be our best. I can't speak for everyone, but these are things that help me stay on top of student learning. First, I have to include God in my day. I need that morning prayer and Bible study time. Second, I love to walk/jog and do pilates! Everyone has their own activities they like, so if you want to exercise, pick things you know you will stick with! Third, I try to eat healthy. I try to include my fruits and veggies, and exclude a lot of processed stuff. The only thing I would consider unhealthy is my 3 or 4 cups of coffee!! I actually don't think a little caffeine is bad, and we can't deprive ourselves totally. These may seem like small things to some, but these 3 things make an enormous difference in each day of my life. 

What other tips do you have for being consistent in the classroom? I love hearing new ideas! 

Also, check out my Weather Themed Clip Chart Behavior Management System! I made it specifically for special needs children because a lot of times they need a visual to know how they are doing. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Do's and Don'ts for Seizures & Annual TPT Sale!!

I feel like sharing some do's and don'ts for seizures. I know

people are concerned and want to help, but sometimes they

make the situation worse without even realizing it. Here are

some general things to remember if you are faced with a 

situation where someone is seizing. 


  • Stay Calm
  • Speak Softly
  • Check the time - Seizures that last for more than 5 minutes can be extremely dangerous. 
  • Keep them safe by clearing their space of sharp objects and other items. 
  • Turn their heads to the side in order to keep their airway clear. 
  • Turn off the lights. 

  • Restrain them.
  • Offer food or drink until they are alert
  • Put anything in their mouth (including fingers)
  • Crowd them - When someone is seizing, do not circle around them. They need their space.
Let me know if there is anything you want to share outside of this list! I am sure I will learn something new by reading comments from others. 

Annual TPT Sale ~ 28% Off
Teachers Pay Teachers is having their annual back-to-school sale on August 18-19!! All items in my store will be 28% off! Click on the link to visit my store, A Tender Teacher for Special Needs.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The winner is...!

Congratulations to Tara L for winning the giveaway! I also want to give a big thank you to all who entered. Please stay tuned for future contests! 
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Do you have a picky eater?

I accidentally ran across a type of therapy that teaches picky, autistic children to try new foods!! Why am I excited over this? I am excited because one of our students will hardly eat anything! There are days he doesn't eat lunch at all and it makes me feel terrible. After reading how it works, I wondered why I didn't think to try it before now! 

First, I will need to figure out what his favorite food is. I have an idea of things he likes, but I need to know what he REALLY loves! It may take some time to figure this out, but I will hopefully start making progress after I get past that first step. We will start out by having him eat 1 bite of something on his plate for 1 bite of his favorite thing. Once he gets used to that, he will eat 2 bites of something on his plate for 1 bite of his favorite thing. We will keep working on this until he has mastered eating a plateful of lunch.

I am hopeful and ecstatic to try this! If you want to read more about how feeding therapy is used, check out the blog Applied Behavioral Strategies. I have a feeling this will be a new favorite blog to follow! 
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Back-to-School Book Unit GIVEAWAY!!

School starts back this Monday and I am looking forward to getting back into a routine. I will miss the summer weather, though. *Sigh* Anyway, I thought it would be fun to give this book unit away to 5 people! Everyone has been so supportive in the blog world and I want to show my appreciation! "Don't Eat the Teacher" is the cutest little story to help get you back into the swing of things. So, what are you waiting for!? Go enter! :-) 

Teaching with TLC, 
A Tender Teacher for Special Needs 

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Weekend SALE!!

I love that we have a tax free weekend! It's too fun, so I had to join in and throw a sale! Go grab your items!! 

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