Saturday, September 5, 2009

Week One

This title is in reference to the first week of my new blog, as well as the first week of planned lessons in my classroom.  I've been faithfully following many bloggers who teach in similar types of classrooms, and thought that starting my own would give me a chance to contribute my own ideas, share with others, and keep an organized record of the lessons/activities I've done. 
Let me give you a little background info about my classroom.  I teach in a suburban public school district in a middle school of students in 6th-8th grade.  My classroom began as a place for students with severe/profound disabilities and medical needs, but is lately turning into a class for students with moderate to severe disabilities.  I love my job and what I do, I have amazing students and I feel like I'm learning something new every day. 
This year I have a pretty crazy schedule in my classroom (but in a good way!).  I start out the day doing 'morning meeting' with my students, where we go over the calendar, events for the day/week, they share their news about their night using switches, etc.  The next period I teach a pullout math class to three students, and we are currently working on money and time skills.  After this, I leave my classroom to go with two students to their inclusion science class, where I am assisting and modifying activities in class.  After my lunch, I have a study center with some of my students to work on their IEP goals, then a plan period (where most days I still end up working with students in my room).  Lastly, I have a life skills period with all my students in the classroom.  My day would not be complete without the assistance of paraprofessionals and a classroom nurse, as my students need support in my classroom as well as out in the building. 
This schedule is very different from what I have had in the past; usually I am scheduled in my room all day with my students rotating in and out.  I really like that this year I have more specific classes scheduled, as it keeps me more organized, and that I get to go out to a class as well-- it's very hard to modify activities for a class that you never have a chance to go into with the student.
I'm currently using News-2-You to plan my weekly themes and activities for our life skills class.  I've considered using Unique Learning as well, but I'm still considering how I'd like to incorporate it into my class. In my next post, I'll include activities I've planned that corellate with News-2-You.


  1. I'm always happy to see another blog for students with severe/profound disabilities. Maybe someday I'll start one of my own. :) I agree with you - it is very hard to modify a class that you don't regularly go to!!

  2. Hey Kristi :) Welcome to the world of blogging. I have also just recently started a teaching blog (although not new to blogging as I've been keeping a personal blog for several yeras now). I'm so excited to see another person to share ideas with. Its great that you are also doing news-2-you. Look forward to reading your blog.

  3. Welcome! I teach high school students with severe autism. I look forward to hearing about your year and all the activities you have planned. I am so envious of your smartboard! I'm going to try for a grant this year. I really think it would be a great addition to our classroom.

  4. Hi Monica! I read your blog regularly, so I'm glad I can share some ideas back now! Thanks for visiting!

    Debra-- I knew it would be great to have in this type of classroom, but I never realized that I would use it almost every period! It is definitely worth having if you can get a grant for one. We actually went out to local businesses and had them 'sponser' classrooms to buy the equipment, you could also try that!