I hope that you are doing well. I am starting to get ready to go back to school. I had a great time at MEGA last week and I am working on getting everything accomplished that I can. I am starting a picture exchange system with my students. It will be a little different than “Pecs” since I will be using pictures of what they take. For example, the first week we will take pictures of the different rooms and people. Then we will make them a book for the students to be able to recognize. This will take a lot of time but I believe that communication is important. So far, I have 3 autistic kiddos on my caseload. I am excited to work with the students more on this system. Does anyone else use a similar system? Let me know below!!
Wow! I had a great day at my workshops. I did want take a moment a highlight Google and all of their amazing things that are free. Today, I learned how to make a video, QR code and save documents free. I had great time learning and I hope that I learn even more tomorrow at the other google workshop that I am attending. I am planning to write up how to do it all (or perhaps I will just post a video) but I am excited to learn new things that can help my classroom and eventually yours. Let me know if you use any of the flipped classroom ideals in your class.
(I have received no monetary gifts from google – this is just my opinion on how great it is)
I hope that you are having a great day. I am relaxing right now but I went to a great workshop last week and I wanted to give you a quote that I absolutely love. “Free time=behavior time” Students need structure and consistency to feel safe. Kiddos act out to see what the boundaries are.
If the rules are on point, the kiddos know the expectations. Especially with my kiddos that have disabilities (autistic, hearing loss, LD, etc.). They want to know that the teacher cares. By having clear expectations everyone is on a level playing field. I also feel that an office referral should be the last defense. It should not be a first choice when a child does not behave.
I think if all else fails, work behavior out. Give the students enough work that there is not any time for miss-behavior. What do you think? How should teachers handle miss-behavior in class.