Welcome to the first post in a new series I have dubbed, ABA in the classroom. My goal is to share some ABA concepts and knowledge with you as well as how you can implement these strategies in your classroom. I hear so often from teachers that they aren’t allowed to use ABA and that blows my mind! We use so many ABA concepts every day without even realizing it. There are many many districts and staff that think discrete trials at the table are the only way to use ABA and that simply isn’t true. So here is your first post on ABA in the Classroom: Chaining.Continue reading “ABA in the Classroom: Chaining”
Mrs. Smith has a student that has started displaying behaviors that disrupt the classroom. She has tried a myriad of different strategies and nothing seems to help! Sound familiar? I think we’ve all been there before. I get contacted fairly regularly on my Instagram account by teachers just like this. Unfortunately, I can’t give specific suggestions or strategies to try because I’m not a provider for their student and I don’t have data to guide decision making. It’s often hard for me to help in these situations even though I want to so badly! I always attempt to share guidance on what they can do to create an effective plan for their students. A blog post that any teacher struggling with behavior can reference back to seemed a great way to help share this information. So where do we start when creating an effective behavior support plan?Continue reading “Creating an Effective Behavior Support Plan”
Tips for Restructuring a Special Education Program
2019-2020 was a year of many firsts for me. It was my first year in middle school, my first year sharing students with a co-teacher, first year only teaching 2 content areas, first year back in an alternative curriculum program, and so many more. I was given a unique opportunity in that both my partner teacher and I were new to the program. We had the opportunity to build our program from the ground up eliminating all sense of “it’s always been done this way”. I wanted to share with you 5 tips that I have learned from going through this process. Continue reading “4 Tips for Restructuring a Special Education Program”
Collaboration… that’s a pretty tricky topic that can be difficult for so many teachers (special education and general education teachers alike). While they are few and far between, there are some teachers out there that think they know it all, and you best not be telling them what to do (and they typically do NOT know all). That can be so so hard. As a behavior teacher, I was not only responsible for my self-contained students, but I also served as a resource teacher, social skills teacher, and case manager for students with behavior plans in general education. It was a fairly unique role, but it allowed me the opportunity to collaborate with so many teachers, aides, administrators, and related service providers. So here are my top tips for collaborating with general education teachers and related service providers.
As a general note, I refer to teachers throughout these tips but it really applies to any staff member you might need to collaborate with.Continue reading “Creating a Collaborative Atmosphere with Gen Ed Teachers”
We’ve all heard the horror stories of teachers being driven out of their classrooms and out of the education field because of student behavior! It seems like these stories are popping up across social media more and more these days and it can be so scary as a new teacher. While I don’t have a perfect solution or a one size fits all approach, I have found that a systematic and structured approach to classroom management can make sure that you avoid a classroom that looks like this…. Yikes right?!?!Continue reading “Creating an Effective Classroom Management Plan”