BTS Blog Hop: Classroom Management Tip

Oh wow, it's halfway through August, I can't believe how quick this Summer has gone - although, from our lovely weather it's been more like Winter here! With just a few weeks left before I return to School I wanted to do something on my blog to share some BTS tips when I decided to join this great BTS Blog Hop!

Make sure to hop your way through all the blogs to look at everyone's BTS Classroom Management Tips! 

Now, my class this year is going to include 8 children all diagnosed with Autism - mainly low functioning. They will range in ages 3-8. 6 will be full time and 2 will be part time - 1 will come in in the morning, and the other will come in in the afternoon. This is tied with 5 staff, as you can imagine, the room gets busy very quick which is why it's so important to make sure you have some great ideas in place to help manage your classroom. 

Today, I'm going to share 2 different ideas;

First up is the table mat programme (as we call it LOL).
When this was first shown to me, I was a little unsure of how it would work, but many years down the line I can tell you it is seriously a resounding success. I've never seen something work so well with the kiddos - and all of the kids in class are able to recognise what the different table mats mean - especially snack time LOL!

So, the main idea is that for each different session throughout the day (arts and crafts, cooking, literacy, numeracy, snack, choice, iPads etc) there is a different table cloth. You put the table cloth on the table when it's time for that activity. 

For example, when it's our art session, we put this table mat on the table:

So that the table cloth also links in to the theme of the activity. 

Another example is our numeracy/math table mat:

The kids are always watching what table cloth comes out, their fave is always this one;

as you've probably guessed it means party time! We have parties to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. 

We get all our table mats from Dunelm.

And now for tip number two. This tip is going to be a life saver for you once implemented - mainly in a Spec Ed class but could be used with mainstream students too.

It's called the 'I Am Working For' Board.

It's a reward system where students can watch and track how close they are to receiving their reward/choice item. Students earn their tokes in different ways - this is up to you, but mainly after completing a set piece of work/period of time of work.

It comes in different levels so you can work your way up with students to achieving more tokens before they receive the reward. They come in; 3 tokens, 4 token, 5 tokens and 10 tokens.

Although it's a little time consuming to put together - with the cutting, laminating and velcro but once complete it's done and hopefully will last you for most of, if not all of the year!

It comes with different 'tokens' such as the good job and thumbs up shown in the image above as well as a wide range of different choice symbols for you to use instead of the above shown train - or you can use images of actual objects in your classroom that the student is interested in.

This can either be carried around with the student to different work activities or left at their work space to go back and fore to. I would recommend that you make them achievable so that the child has their reward at least a couple of times a day - if the reward is too long away, they may get fed up of trying to achieve it.

I must also state that you do not take away a token once a child has achieved it, no matter what their behaviour was like, all your teaching the child is 
'no matter how hard and good you worked this morning, it's irrelevant now because you've done this'

Once you've lost a students confidence that really is going to put a strain on future techniques. They may have to work extra hard for their next token or do a task to help you etc. but please do not remove any tokens that they have achieved.

There has been so much great feedback on this resource from educators around the World, click here to check it out for yourself and see what all the fuss is about! Honestly, it will change your life next year! 

Before hopping on over to the next blog, feel free to enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win my 'I Am Working For' resource. 

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  1. I am looking forward to implementing portfolios in my classroom.
    Thanks for the great tips.

  2. I am a homeschooler and I LOVE the idea of switching tablecloths as a trigger that a new subject/topic is on the way:).

  3. Thank you for the tips! I am always looking for new classroom management tips.

  4. I love your idea of switching tablecloths as you make changes in your schedule. I have also made a similar
    token system for my students. Your mats are so much cuter!


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