I am teaching in a low-income, public school district, where almost all students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. Despite many difficulties that these students may face, they come to school knowing it is a safe space where they are encouraged to be themselves.
My students are all diagnosed with autism and learn in many different ways that require me to be very flexible and diverse with my teaching and classroom setup.
They are energetic, creative, and willing to learn.
My classroom is set up into many different stations so that each area has a specific task that is to be completed there. The stations need to be sectioned off in order to limit distractions from what the other students and teachers are doing. In a room with six students with autism and three adults, it can be hard to focus on the task at hand. Some of our stations include whole group, independent work area, leisure work area, small group, and computer.
Having these dividers to section off the areas will greatly increase work productivity and limit behaviors.
At some of the stations, I like there to be work that the students can do independently and are self-correcting. The alphabet locks, number locks, and simple word locks I am asking for will serve that purpose exactly while also helping develop fine motor skills.
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