Anyways, I am in year 4 of being a special education teacher in a self contained middle school autistic support classroom. And I want to say that looking at my room you won't see changes, and yet, you will see changes. I have tried to make this room work for everyone. I have six students this year and 4 staff (2 one-on-one aides, and 2 paraprofessionals). It is an interesting group to say the least but I wouldn't ask for it any other way! Only time will tell and when the kiddos come on Monday we will get the true test!
I wanted to give you a reveal of all that I have worked on to create this wonderful classroom for my students. So here we go!!
When you first walk into my clasroom this is what you see, my students' schedules. There are clipboards for the students that have laminated dry erase schedules and then under the clock you see the schedules with pictures. It is kind of hard to see but actually there are flaps that have a red check and a green check and when a student completes that part of their schedule the turn the flap over so that it is green and means they have finished that and can go to the next part.
This is one of my para run stations at the horse shoe table. This year I am calling it "Academy". The reason why is because it is going to be a complete mix-up of academic activities.
This shows my lifeskills work area. There is a rectangular table to work at with some rubbermade drawers with tasks in them and then the counter with the tablecloth on it is my newest baby that houses all my tasks!
Here is the front of the counter and as you can see I have pictures on the doors and drawers because when you open these up there are life skills tasks inside that the students have to complete. There is probably a post specifically on what is in here coming soon!
These are the cabinets that house some of the other life skills materials. I have students hang clothes, hang shoes, fold shirts, and sort light and dark laundry. You can also see in this picture the schedules that the students have to follow with their names on it when they work in this area.
On this cabinet you will find my work task schedule cheat sheets! These are life savers to help my staff and students to know what they are going to work on each day. These are part of my Work Task Starter Kit. This is my supply cabinet. also houses all my school materials and supplies.
This is the view of the entire cabinet. It took about 1/2 a day to organize it all, but it will save all of us so much time when the school year starts!
A close up of the cabinet. You can see that I have everything in a basket and then the basket is labeled. LOVE IT!
Another look at the cabinet organization! <3
This is my work task system. It consists of both the black and wood shelving. I couldn't tell you how many tasks I have here but, there are a lot. Which gives me a lot of options to mix it up for my students so they don't get bored and that is key!
2 Computers for students to use.
Binderwork area- independent work for the students. The students will use both binders with tasks in them and also cookie tray activities in this area.
Classroom rules, hooks for hanging backpacks and coats, and a table for break times for drawing and doing puzzles.
Bindershelf where we store Academy work, morning meeting binders, communication binders, lunch materials, and a place to put finished work.
Direct instruction area with whiteboard, morning meeting board, teacher desk.
Morning meeting board, whiteboard and technology station.
Morning meeting bulletin board. My favorite stuff to teach!
My teacher's desk, love how tiny it is!
Unique vocabulary pocket chart and a computer for students to check their class dojo info!
Left side of the room
Right outside of the sensory room, I added a few more items for an extension. And I added a core vocabulary word wall for students to reference!
As you can see, I have a lot of stuff, and if I ever had to move all of this to a new classroom (which I don't intend to in the future!) I would probably go with a company like MakeSpaceMakeSpace. They provide easy options for anyone to move and store things. As a teacher, the service they provide is perfect. Check out their self-storage locations to see if there is one near you!
I hope to take the time this year to go through each area of the classroom and give a more detailed blog post on what happens in each area of the classroom! Happy new school year to all of you whether you have started or not!! :)