Wednesday and Thursday are block days and that's when we'll make our agreements (rules) and go over expectations by doing a gallery walk and reviewing our sentences from the 7-up activity.
Then Friday, I think we may just begin to get into our subjects and get set-up to track our data.
Thankfully, there's a sale to help me out!
I bought these contracts to help me with the required spelling homework and am glad I did even if I am only temporarily teaching LA.
This Data Lapbook is on my wish list because I need to really work on helping students track their progress better and I think this will really help me!
I think this product is a "must have" because it is what I have been asked for over and over at my school: "Could you please share some strategies for helping this student with special needs". All of the information in this "flip-book" are research based and the research is included in the product for a teacher to use to show why she is doing what she is doing for the student with special needs. Of course, there are many different accommodations listed and examples of how I have used these accommodations in my own class. It's a great, quick reference resource for working with students with special needs.
This is one of my favorite linkys because I am always working on motivating my special needs middle schoolers!
This year it looks like I will be teaching one class of "regular" Language Arts, one class of Special Needs Language Arts and one class of Special Needs Learning Strategies. Since teachers go back to school on Monday, I have yet to find out if this is final.
No matter, my behavior plan will remain the same because I really think it will be highly motivating!
My students with special needs are highly motivated by football. So I figure, I should just embrace it and make it work for us!
So...my special students already come with point sheets as part of their Behavior Improvement Plan which is part of their IEP (Individualized Education Plan). So I will tie my system to their point sheets. The point sheets allow students to earn points for things like being prepared, being respectful, completing class work and so on.
First, every student will get a helmet to decorate:
At the end of the period, if they have earned all 10 of their points, they will get two stars to put on their helmet or be allowed to get instant gratification with two "brag bucks" (Our school's currency that is used to buy various prizes in the cafeteria).
If they have earned 9 or 8 of their points, they will get one star or one brag buck.
If they save up their stars, then they can earn bigger "prizes":
10 stars = lunch in the classroom or 1 school supply (like a notebook)
(The above were all motivators the students chose last year and I will survey them again this year and make adjustments as needed.)
I think this will work for a "regular" class too but they are likely to be devoid of point sheets so I will have to award stars for things I see "on the spot" like good attention, participation, a 100% on an assessment. The prizes can roughly stay the same.
Not only will all the students (special needs or not) earn prizes for positive behaviors, but they will see their progress on their helmets. I am going to theme my whole room on football so this will be just one part of the bigger picture - literally and figuratively!
I'll post actual pictures next week when I go back! :)
My summer is nearly over!! For my district, teachers go back to school on Monday. I have mixed emotions because I do enjoy what I do at school, but I will sincerely miss the unscheduled days of summer!
As of right now, I will be teaching a Special Needs Language Arts as well as a "Regular" 8th grade Language Arts. I am excited to have the opportunity to teach both these levels!
This year I have decided to put it "out there" right away to my middle school students that our long-term goal this year is to learn how to be the best WRITERS we can be. Of course, they will want to know why...as in "Why does it matter if I can write well?" Well here's the answer:
I think this might also be pretty neat to share with my students to share why authors become authors. It might be a great springboard for students to think about why they want to be what they want to be.
Here is the assessment that mirrors the questions found in my reading comprehension games for The View From Saturday.
In Florida, where I teach, we are given money to spend on school supplies. So I finally broke down and bought a "teacher's toolkit" and will be making labels very soon that I found for free on TpT. This is all in an effort to be better organized!
(Organization is my nemesis.)
There is going to be a big Back to School Sale on Teacher's Notebook from August 9-12. All of my products will be 20% off + the extra 10% from Teacher's Notebook!
You might be interested in my two biggest Back to School products:
The first week plans include 5 days of plans that include community building, going over rules, getting to know each other and understanding group dynamics.
The ice breakers are a list of 10 or so ideas to get your year started and it includes a "big kid" all about me activity!
The Wingding is over and I am thankful to all of you who joined me in celebrating my one year blogiversary! I am just overwhelmed by the response and have had so much fun reading all your comments! Also, a HUGE thank you to all the bloggers who donated to the Wingding !!