Sunday, 24 April 2016

Seller Spotlight Sunday: Chalkboard Superhero

Welcome to my Seller Spotlight Sunday.
Every Sunday on my blog there is a guest post from another fabulous TpT Seller. They will be sharing one free resource from their store, one paid resource from their store and something that they have been up to that week or similar! 

So, don't forget to check back every Sunday or sign up for my email list to get notifications of new sellers!

Up this week is Lisa from Chalkboard Superhero! 




Hi, my name is Lisa from ChalkBoard SuperHero! I am a special education teacher in a self-contained classroom with a wide variety of severe disabilities, such as Autism, Down Syndrome and medically fragile students.  I have been teaching for 5 years now and have been creating resources for my classroom for less than 6 months.  All of my kiddos receive 1:1 instruction, so in order to differentiate my lessons and materials, I need to modify for each student on a daily basis.  Most of the products I create are geared toward primary grades and pay special attention to students with special needs.



Something my students struggle with the most in my classroom is coin identification.  Being able to differentiate between all the coins and being able to identify and name the value, is extremely difficult and needs to be practiced daily.  I have created a fantastic bundle that can be supplementary to any money unit that is currently being used.   In this Bundle you will find a bunch of posters for room display, including the money song, which my kiddos love to sing!


  
There is also a coin sorting mat and larger ones for students with visual impairments. 



There are individual money posters too! This specific one is for the penny. The bold colors are visually appealing for my kids.



I teach each coin using a mini-book that focuses on one coin at a time (there are 4 books, one for each coin).  Then we review all of the coins in the last book, “My Money Book”.  I keep these books in their book bins so they can read them again and again.  I also print out a blackline version of each book and send it home on the day we introduce the coin, for the students to practice at home.


  
In addition, I have a math center set up with money clip cards that can be used with clothes pins, however, if a student has fine motor needs, they may just use a wipe off marker and circle the correct response.



Also, there are a ton of worksheet that I have separated into their own product, but is also found in this bundle.  I have put in color versions and black and white for printer friendly uses.  My kiddos prefer the color copies because learning coins is very difficult for them and seeing them in color look more real.


  
 Another skill my students struggle with is learning their sight words and they need tons and tons of practice with this, every SINGLE DAY!!  Something I found and loved was all the different ways that you could practice using different modes of writing all on one sheet, but I found that it was very overwhelming for my students.  So my interactive sight word readers were born.  I have put together a mini book for each of the first 100 sight words on Fry’s list.  Each book has 8 different pages to practice that skill.  Below is a free version, the sight word “the”.  My kiddos love to use markers, pencils, crayons, bingo daubbers, highlighters and pens to practice finding and writing their sight words over and over again.  Please go to my TpT store and download your free book and let me know what you think!



Thanks in advance if you pay a visit to my TpT.  If you want to a little more about me and how my name came about, read below!



A HUGE shout out goes to Nikki for letting me be the guest blogger this week!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Seller Spotlight Sunday: Teachers Resource Force

Welcome to my Seller Spotlight Sunday.
Every Sunday on my blog there is a guest post from another fabulous TpT Seller. They will be sharing one free resource from their store, one paid resource from their store and something that they have been up to that week or similar! 

So, don't forget to check back every Sunday or sign up for my email list to get notifications of new sellers!

Up this week is Katie from Teachers Resource Force! 




Hi there, I’m Teachers Resource Force and I have been teaching in London for about a decade! I began blogging and uploading my teaching resources and clip art illustrations in 2013 because I love sharing and collaborating with educators all over the world. 

I’m delighted to be guest posting on Teaching Autism and sharing some of my ideas with you today.


The world is moving at an incredibly fast pace and so I make it my mission to keep lessons modern and relevant for the world our students are growing up in. Here my top 3 tips for keeping lessons current and engaging for today’s students:


1)      Visuals – use lots of pictures, preferably modern images students can relate to. For example, I often like to decorate my classroom with emojis related to the topic on display (like a ‘thumbs up’ emoji on a “wonderful work wall” or the ‘information girl’ emoji on a notice board). The visuals are not only helpful cues for children with autism, but adding in the fun emoji factor that most students use every day in their messages to friends, really gives a modern and relatable feel to your classroom! I have created a few emoji clip art sets that you could  use in your own classrooms too if you like:



2)      Keep up to date. Connect with your students – listen to them and find out what their interests and hobbies are or what songs or phrases are popular right now, then you could try including these in a lesson. For example, I’ve been known to slip in a “what are thoooose” or a “damn, Daniel” comment into my teaching every now and then for a laugh – let me tell you, the kids absolutely crack up in hysterics when I do! Although slightly cringy, I know they appreciate that I understand them and make an effort to modernise their lessons and school experience! (PS. If you don’t know what on earth those phrases I just mentioned are, they’re videos that went viral online recently - Google the phrases and it’ll make more sense to you. J) If that’s not your style, then you can try incorporating popular, modern characters into your lessons that students love: I have had many a Minion make cameos in my lessons in the past, which always goes down well! (I know Nikki is a massive fan too!)


3)      Modernise your resources. Gone are the days of dull worksheets – these days you can find an abundance of engaging resources with lots of life to them that make it fun for your students to learn from. Feel free to check out my freebie on ‘differentiated written activities for any book’, as an example:


The reason this works well, is because instead of doing a mundane write up on a book students have read, they can be exposed to modern, creative ideas in an aesthetically pleasing format to work from and enjoy. It really makes a notable difference in their engagement!

That’s all from me; I hope you have found my tips helpful and many thanks to Nikki for inviting me to guest post today.


Please feel free to check out my Teachers Resource Force blog for more free teaching tips and browse more modern teaching resources and clip art on my TpT store!




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