Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Helping Students Understand the Delegation of Rights

Okay, I don't want to get too much into all of the legal stuff here, but basically, when a student turns 18 they become their own guardian unless parents do something about it (ex. power of attorney or guardianship).

But sometimes, parents haven't been able to complete that process, and we still want them involved and making decisions in the IEP process. The student has to delegate his/her rights to the parents in order for this to happen. There is specific paperwork (3457K - Delegation of Rights)  that needs to be completed, and it is our responsibility, as case managers, to ensure that the student understands what he/she is signing. 
I typed up a quick explanation for my students using a symbol-generating word processor (Writing with Symbols - it's old and they don't sell it anymore). I then go over this paper with my student before asking them to sign their name. I feel like this gives the student an opportunity to understand what is happening, instead of just writing his name on a paper because someone tells him to write it. Download this visual explanation here.

I also include this paper with the delegation of rights paperwork, in case it is ever questioned that the student understood what they were signing, at least this is proof that we tried.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Adapted Book Symbols for Tangled: Kingdom of Color

I promised to share the symbols for this adapted book once I got 50 likes on this post to see if you guys were interested, and yes you were!

It's been a while since I've added an adapted book to my classroom, but when I saw this Tangled book, I just knew I had to! My girls will love this! (They haven't even had a chance to read it yet, I put it together and laminated it today and plan on binding it tomorrow, but I was just too excited to share it with all of you!)
Book: Tangled: Kingdom of Color - available on Amazon
Symbols: Adapted Symbols for Kingdom of Color - available in PDF from me! :)

Once you have the book, just print the symbols, cut out, and glue over top of the words on each page.  Then laminate and bind. Super easy!

This page below accurately sums up how I am feeling about this spring weather we are finally getting!

Looking to adapt more books? I share the symbols of most of the books I adapt from my classroom, check them out here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Huge Teacher Appreciation Giveaway & TpT Sale

Hello fellow teachers. Know this week that you truly are appreciated. Even if you don't get anything from your students or parents (I never get anything this week of "teacher appreciation"), they appreciate all that you do, I promise! Plus, even if you don't get anything from parents, you can get a free entree from Chick-fil-A, BOGO free from Chipotle, and other goodies I'm sure. Please share if you are going to enjoy any freebie on Teacher Appreciation Day!

The group of Special Education Teachers over at We Teach Sped have come up with a list of our favorite items for special education teachers...and we are giving them all away to one lucky winner. These items include Velcro (of course, remember #weteachsped), scissors that will change your life, and so many more fun things! Enter below!!
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And of course, there is the HUGE Teachers Pay Teachers sale going on this Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5 and 6. My entire store will be 20% off and you can get an EXTRA 10% off with the promo code: THANKYOU. Don't forget to enter that code when you check out!

So now is the time to empty your wishlists and fill your carts! Will you be getting materials to help you finish out the year or maybe start preparing for next year already?

Here's a few of my favorite resources this time of year:
I love this Zoo Unit to prepare students for a field trip to the zoo, quite possibly my favorite trip of all time! These activities help students know what to expect on their trip to the zoo.

I recently just added this set of kitchen and cooking themed file folders into my store and my classroom and they are a hit already. Skills include: measuring, temperatures, and sorting types of food.

Using money is such an essential skill for our special learners and this dollar over color-in worksheet pack offers another way to practice using the dollar over method! Plus, my students enjoy the coloring in aspect of these worksheets. Looking for more money activities? Check out all of these money activities here!

Don't forget to check out on Tuesday or Wednesday and use the promo code THANKYOU for 28% off all Breezy Special Ed products!

Hope everyone has a great teacher appreciation day! And I hope all of your IEPs are finished soon. I know we are all so overworked, especially this time of the year. Go ahead, shop all of your worries away, the paperwork will be over soon and you can teach with all these fun materials again, I promise! ;)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Teaching Public vs Private Behaviors

Teaching the different between public and private is important for so many reasons for our students with special needs. When teaching these concepts, I first talk about the difference between public and private places. We come up with a list and sort those places accordingly using visuals of one person versus multiple people. I created this sort from a boardmaker template and uploaded here on Board Maker Online.

After talking about places, we move on to talking about both public and private places AND behaviors. We talk about what behaviors are appropriate in each area. This book and additional resources are found for free here and are available in PDF or Boardmaker files.

I love cut and paste activities because not only do they reinforce the skills taught, but also incorporate fine motor skills...and it takes a little while to complete :)
Here's the other Board Maker Online activity that includes both public and private places and behaviors. Plus, check out all of these other great activities for this topic on Board Maker Online.

I think it's so important for students to realize that private behaviors aren't bad, but they just need to be done in private! Here's to hoping there is no more nose picking or inappropriate self stimulation in my PUBLIC classroom! :)

If you are looking for something more detailed to use with your students, I found this resource here. It is very informative and I didn't feel the need to go that in depth, but completely understand how some students might need those specifics.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Skip Counting Money Math $5s, $10s, and $20s

My students work on the next dollar up method a lot. You probably know that one, basically you count out however many dollars you owe, and then add one for the change (or round up and count). I love the dollar over method as it makes tricky parts, such as change, so much easier!

Have any of your students mastered the dollar over method and need a bit of a challenge? For my students who are ready, I started using the "dollar over method" to pay for more expensive items by counting with $5s, $10s, and $20s. So it's not really next dollar or dollar up anymore, but more like skip counting by $5s, $10s, or $20s in order to pay for your items.

First, we practice counting exact amounts of money. For example, if the shoes costs $25 I would need five $5 bills to get to $25. Students practice this with classroom money and through the color-in money worksheets.

Once students are able to master the concept of counting to an exact price, I like to challenge them some more. Now, I might give them a price of $18 and they would have to pay with four $5 bills ($20) in order to cover the cost of that item. Tricky tricky! I have found that starting with $10 bills are the best way to introduce this skill, as it is easier to count by tens and a little easier to see how many more they would need.
And to challenge my students a little bit more (you are starting to noticed that I like to continuously challenge my students, haven't you?!), I have a worksheet that goes along with these ones that they can use in order to calculate their change back, since they are paying with an amount that is larger than their total.

Money Math $5, $10, and $20 Color-In Worksheets for Specia
If you like these worksheets, you can purchase them HERE in my TpT store! (Color-in  $1 dollar worksheets also available)

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