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Waiting for my orders to come in...

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So I just ordered a few things last week and wanted to share as I'm really excited about getting them  I will be posting more about them after I get them and start to use them.  For now I'm just going to share the goodies that I've ordered.  So here they are... 
PCI Environmental Print Curriculum: I am hoping to add this as a component to a couple of my student's language arts programs.  I like the direct connection to the communityand how I can ensure that we are looking directly at "real life" applications.  I've had making adapted books and worksheets related to envirornmental print on my "to do" list for about two years now and just have never gotten to it.  I decided to bite the bullet and use some of this year's material budget to buy this package.  I will be posting about it as we get in to it.  If you have used it, please share what has worked and what hasn't worked for you.
A Functional Curriculum (from PCI): As my …

news-2-you: Happy Birthday Canadiens (November 23-27, 2009)

I got the idea to share the plans I'm making related to news-2-you from the blog entitled Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs.  Each weekend I will put up a post about the current news-2-you topic and some of the extra activities we will be fitting in during the week.  Note that not all of my students will do all of the extra activities as it is depenedent on student need and the amount of time we have in a week. If you are using news-2-you and you have some ideas that I have worked for you, please post a reply so that I can use the ideas if they are applicable to my students. Note that if I make any materials with Boardmaker, I will post them here for download as well as post them in the Adapted Learning news-2-you group.

Language Arts (Vocabulary, Literacy, Communication, Composition...etc.) Matching Pictures of Hockey Symbols Composition: Things we do in the winter Switches, Computers, Adaptive Technology Switch Skills 1: Soccer Game Work on Mouse Skills - http…

Thursday Think: New Lunch Program

So I've had my new student for almost three weeks now and its time to start putting some things in motion.  One of the things that I'm most excited about with this student is that we will be starting a "lunch program" with him.  I would like to eventually do this with some of my other students but figured this was a great step in to the whole idea.  We are starting on Monday no matter if we are ready or not.  I will obviously grow the program but have already put a lot of thought in to it and thought I would share the thinking part of it in this post.  Stay tuned for future posts with more details as well as posts where I put up the Boardmaker materials that I'm currently working on making :).
General Notes This student is on a GFCF (Gluten Free Casien Free) diet so I have come up with a formula for what should be in each of his meals.  If there was no specialized diet, the formula would come from having a balanced meal including the different food …

Wednesday's Weekly Comments

I had to comment to Kate's Video Blog of the Day post on her blog (Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs).  I love this idea and it has really made me think about making morning gathering time more age-appropriate for my older students.  I am refocusing their time to work strictly on teen culture types of things (music, videos, movies...etc.) and communication skills (with adaptive technology obviously added in there).  I will continue to work with some of the students on the tradition morning gathering things (calendar, weather, communication books...etc.) but I'm really seeing the need for something different for several of my students.  This post gave me the boost I need so stay tuned for a post about the changes I'm making to morning meeting :).
I recently found this great blog entitled The Autism Teacher.  As I was digging through it, I found a post titled My classroom's physical set up.  What a classroom!  Some great ideas for materials and or…

Monday's Motivation: Seeing Ability in Disability

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This one has a special personal meaning for me.  Just over ten years ago I adopted my son Mikey who happens to have Down syndorme.  He has been my greatest teacher through the years.  My life path has changed as a result of being his mother.  I am so blessed.  As teachers we sometimes get caught up in what we can teach others but I think its important to always stop and think about what others can teach us.  This video is a reminder of the things that I learn everyday from each of my students (weather they can voice it in a traditional way or not).