As I wrap up a term teaching SPED inclusion strategies, I wanted to share and showcase a few free resources that some of my wonderful college students created to promote SPED inclusion in their future classrooms. They have given permission to share these resources for FREE so teachers everywhere can have access to them!
I could not wait to share this education technology (ED Tech) tool I created to help build classroom community! Classroom jobs help develop a sense of community and also help the teacher with tasks that need to be completed.
How to use
This helpful google doc. can be shared with students who can edit it and directly add their names to the job they choose. At the start of class identify which jobs are needed and a quick job description to go with it. The jobs in my class stayed the same all term and the students rotated jobs!
One job that really helped me as an instructor was “door holder” or letting other students in who were in the zoom waiting room. I was able to continue to teach while a student had the job of making sure everyone got in to class.
Picture of the job chart
How helpful would this tool be for your own remote classroom?
As a teacher in higher education, I love working with teachers who are just starting out in the field. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn is so heartening!
I put together this video lecture for them to learn more about the Autism (ASD) evaluation for our state of Oregon. I decided to publish it on my blog so parents/caretakers and others can learn more as well!
When we look at high quality interventions for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we want to learn the foundational SIX EBPs first! When teachers are able to intervene and use strategies with fidelity, students have better outcomes!
This is one of my new lectures that I am posting here. I hope to empower and teach new teachers and parents.
I would love to hear how you are able to incorporate these foundational interventions into your work with students!
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) should be the bedrock and foundation in which we design any distance learning curriculum. I teach in higher education and encourage my future teachers to become flexible educators who use UDL strategies whenever possible!
Universal Design as a Support For All students
UDL strategies can be used for all students in your class to minimize barriers and maximize learning opportunities. I would love for you to watch this video lecture which describes UDL in more depth.
Improves self-confidence:student becomes “expert” in this area
Helps reduce anxiety: more relaxed and fewer meltdowns
Intrinsic engagement: instrisic motivation and engagement
Increased social engagement: when SIA is included into treatment plans
Executive functioning:improved focus on SIA
My Special Interest Social Social Story
Although there are many benefits to SIAs, sometimes kids need to take a break from them to focus on something else. The social story teaches how to re-focus then go back to the SIA when done learning something new.
I created a social story to help kids with autism understand their special interest area.
Here is a sneak peak at the story:
The first part of the story defines and shares the benefits of a SIA:
The book asks the reader what they like. The story then goes on to discuss the need to sometimes “pause” the SIA to learn something new.
A free first-then schedule is included in this social story! You can laminate or use a plastic page protector and use a wet erase marker to write on it.
Schools are closed due to the virus and kids are all learning at home. School is being delivered remotely and some kids are having a hard time adapting to this change.
Benefit of Social Narratives:
Social Narratives aka Social Stories are widely used supports for students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. All kids can benefit from this simple and easy to use evidence based practice!
“The goal of a social story is to improve social understanding” (Gray & Garland, 1993)
Gray, C. (2010). The New Social Story Book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.
I have school at my house now
My first grader did not understand why he was all of a sudden having school at his house. I made a social story to help him. Hopefully this story will help others understand how to complete school work at home and that they are not alone!