Thursday, July 31, 2014

TPT Sale.. Checkout my Wishlist!

Well hello!

I had to take a mini break because the last few weeks of summer were calling my name! I have been traveling and spending time with friends and family. My all time summer highlight is coming up this weekend too! I'm going to see Billy Joel in concert! I have always loved him even when I was a kid and my dad and mom played his music constantly. This was a gift from my husband for my 30th birthday present. I guess turning the big 3-0 wasn't such a horrible thing. I get to see one of my favs!

Anyways, while I am out celebrating a very be-lated birthday and enjoying my long awaited present there is a massive back to school sale getting ready to kick off at TPT! August 4th and 5th TPT is getting it started by giving you 8% off and going all in and giving 20%. So that's 28% off! Sweet!!

What's In My Cart- Linky Party

That's right, get those wish lists ready and start prepping for the school year now! I have been waiting for this sale to come and been putting off my urge to buy some amazing products that have been made over this summer. I'm not going to lie, if you look at my wish list right now I have over 100 (actually 113 items to be exact) in my wish list. Obviously, I have a problem, I love me some TPT products! So, I decided to pick a few so I can afford my mortgage this month and keep the rest in my wish list until I get reimbursed for my grad classes.

Take a look at my personal wish list.. you may find some you want to add!














Also, even though I don't have them on my wish list (I own them already) here are some of my products that I'm super proud of. I added a few new over the summer, but nothing fancy. I was having major technology problems with my laptop which significantly halted all my creative juices. I'm super bummed about that but, that just means that once I complete my masters here at the end of the month I can focus on my products for TPT again. Check out the goodies I've got in my store!









Please stop by my store or feel free to contact me if there is some type of resource out there you may need that I can provide. :) Happy shopping!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Starting Something New...

As most of you know I am just starting out into the blogging world. I am so excited with all the new things I'm learning, the people I'm meeting, the great feedback I am getting, and I'm truly enjoying it! I've kind of put it on myself to try something new every week or so (we will see how that works once school starts again!).

So, I have slowly gotten out there more on social media because if I want to reach more people it is just something you gotta do! I've added the buttons with my facebook page, instagram, bloglovin, and pinterest to my sidebar. Not super fancy but, they do the job!

 I read in a lot of forums that Pinterest really drives a lot of traffic to your blog. No, I'm not trying to win a popularity contest but, I am trying to share and get all the knowledge I have out to others hoping it can help them in some way. So, I learned how to add the cute button on each of my blog pictures so others can pin it (just hover and look to the top left!) and I thought I'd share my Pinterest profile so if you haven't seen what I've been pinning you can now, also I've tried to follow and connect with other great bloggers and teachers so you can find them as well!

Visit Teach.Love.Autism's profile on Pinterest.

Here is a quick peek at some of the boards I have!

Follow Teach.Love.Autism's board Sensory on Pinterest.
Follow Teach.Love.Autism's board Work Tasks on Pinterest.

Here is a collaboration board I just recently joined that has a lot of great ideas for SLP's and Special Educators!
Follow Joe and Allie Teach's board Speech and Special Ed on Pinterest.

I feel really lucky that I'm only in my 7th year of teaching and all these resources are available to teachers to get connected and learn from each other! Take a look and see if you find things you like!

Since I am excited to meet and collaborate with others if you have a pinterest board or collaboration board (another one of my new ventures!) please feel free to leave a comment with a link to them below so we can get a little more connected to one another! Happy Pinning!



Ooooooo and also! It is my wedding anniversary! Happy 4 years hun!


Just kidding! I'm super lucky too!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mini Shopping Trip!


I think that I started to go into shock when I was at the HR dept. at work dropping off some paperwork and the secretary said to me. "Well, you have about a month now and you'll be getting ready to go back to school!"

 

WHAT?!?!

 

OMG, she is right..

 

So, in my panic mode I decided to do a little classroom retail therapy. I had a friend on facebook say that Target was getting their school supplies out in their dollar spot, and I saw a few teachers that had posted some early shopping trips. I had to see if mine was following to suit!

 

They had some things  such as organizational things like book bins, trays, caddies, but I really don’t need them because I’ve stocked up other years and mine haven’t gotten too beat up. Then, I did find some goodies. Check em out!


 
So, I love that these were $1!! I can make multiple work tasks out of these. For one I can use the rubber bands for some kind of bundling or fine more task. I can even use them for sorting by color. Then the awesome part is they came in this great box with little compartments that can be used for sorting things. Like the new work task that Brie from Breezy Special Ed shared check it out Vending Machine Sorting Work Task
 
 
 
So I went to a training last December and I am going to the National Autism Conference in August at Penn State which is all about ABA. I have really found a niche with the ABA stuff. It is really so great for shaping behaviors for students and it provides opportunities to teach students new skills and keep those skills for the rest of their lives. One of those skills is categorizing and associating things by their feature, function, or class. I actually made an IEP goal for one of my students to work on this and I found these awesome cards that I plan to use in direct instruction, then once they are mastered move to my fluency station for my students to get faster at and then lastly for more work tasks!
 

These cards are similar to the ones above in that they involve categorizing and I feel these can provide more higher order thinking about the concepts for students. LOVE!

 

These are cards I'll laminate and use in a work task where the students have to match the rhyming words and have to circle the pictures on the cards with a dry-erase marker that are the same or different.

 
Okay so the last three pictures were more a personal buy then for my classroom. I got these because they were $1 and because they were classics! I have a daughter who is not by any means ready to read these but, one day she will be (am I a super planner or a super hoarder? ). Anyways, I decided to include these in my post because if there are teachers out there with students who are capable of reading these books they would be great to buy sets for literature circles or for your classroom library! Plus I love the covers!
 
 



So, that is just a tad of I'm sure many shopping trips for the school year. I'm trying to hold back til I can get my classroom mostly setup and really assess my needs before going crazy and getting tons of stuff. We will see how that goes. Have you found any good deals at any stores near you that are already starting the back to school sales???

Monday, July 7, 2014

Special Educator Blog Hop! Sharing Advice...

 
 
I just found a new special education blogger! I swear for me (probably not you) it is like Christmas when I find a new special education blog to follow! Her name is Jamie and her blog is called Tales of a Carolina Girl. She is kicking off her new blog by hosting a blog hop!
 
http://talesofacarolinagirl.blogspot.com/2014/07/special-educator-bloghop.html?showComment=1404747437044#c7377107462915454661
 
 
 
Name: Jenn


 
 Job Title: Autistic Support /Life Skills Support- According to my district I'm just autistic support but, I will have 4 life skills students visiting my classroom for math everyday so I think I've earned that title as well.

 Grade: 7th and 8th Grade (Middle School)

 How Long I've Been Teaching: 2nd year in special education and 6th year of teaching ( 1 year of alternative education with middle school and high school students, 2 years of pre-kindergarten, 2 years of first grade) Basically I've been all over!

Advice: We all know as special education teachers or not, that every teacher has to have an effective behavior management system. Throughout my years of teaching I have tried many different techniques based on the types of students I've had.  This past year working with middle school students was a different experience. I'm mostly used to younger students so all the cutesy ticket and clipchart systems worked great. I knew I needed something more mature for my students.
 
 
            A lifesaver for me was Class Dojo. It is great for multiple ages and really keeps the students engaged. It provides both positive and negative feedback depending on how you want to use it. They are constantly adding new features to it and for those of us that love data and systems that help us keep track you are looking in the right place. 
 
            It allows you to customize behaviors so for us special educators with those weird behaviors we are trying to eliminate it is great. Also, it works on technology (iPads, iPhones, etc.). You can keep parents informed with it through sending emails and comments with behaviors. You can also print reports that have details of times frequency of behaviors.
            Oh, and lastly, did I mention that it is free!?!?! Can't beat that!
 
Thanks Jamie at Tales of a Carolina Girl for hosting this bloghop!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

July Currently!

Happy belated 4th of July everyone! I feel like my summer has flown by already but, luckily it's still got some meat left to it. I plan on getting some new posts out soon. Once I start getting things set up in my classroom I want to do a tour and share how I plan to do things in my room for the upcoming school year.

So, I'm linky up with Oh Boy 4th Grade later than I wanted but, for those of you still interested here you go...


 
 
 
Listening- Right now we are on vacay at our lovely cabin in the mountains. It is a great place to let the worries of life not bother you and just breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the moment.
 
Loving- I know I just said I wasn't going to worry about life but, I got a super exciting email from my supervisor stating that our entire autistic support clan of teachers is going to be getting Unique Learning Systems to use as our curriculum this year. I am super excited because prior to this we had NO curriculum. We had bits and pieces of things here or there but, nothing cohesive that across grade levels we could provide consistency for our students. I'll def. be blogging about this more.
 
Thinking- Ch-ch-ch- changes! HA made me think of the song, I know I'm a dork. Anyways, I had a lot of great things happen in my room this past year and I had many things that I want to tweak and make better. Trying to decide if I am filling my plate too much with all the ideas I have going and a new curriculum this year...
 
Wanting- Oh, how I miss my laptop. Our district takes them every year to update and clean them up which is great but, all my TPT products and abilities to create products are on there. So, as much as I know I should enjoy having almost nothing to do (besides taking care of a 2 yr. old and two grad courses, oh, yeah, and a house..) I wish I could use this time to update products and make some of the news that I have been dying to put out there. Hurry up tech department!
 
Needing-  "Likes"  I started a facebook page for my blog.
 
 
I don't have any followers yet, because none of you know it exists! So, as I plan to really get in depth with my new ventures as a blogger I thought why not add yet another thing to my load of duties and make this really crazy. Here is the link to my facebook page. Please like and follow as I post things that happen in my classroom and my crazy thoughts that just randomly pop in my head!
 
4th Plans- Like I said, the 4th has come and gone but, we spent time at our place in the mountains (where I still am) and we went to a little parade, had a delicious dinner at a farm/homestead nearby that makes everything from their garden and is super organic (YUM!). Then to top off the night we went to a local boy scout camp to see fireworks. It was my little ones first time seeing them and she loved them!
 
 
Thanks for stopping by, like my facebook page, and please stay tuned as I plan to start showing you more about my classroom and how I've got it all structured!