My classroom is a substantially separate program for severe special needs students in grades 5-8. Our district is considered low-income and services a large population of ELL learners. My students are learners with a variety of different diagnosis including Down Syndrome, Cortical Vision Impairment, Developmental Delay, Seizure Disorder, Autism, etc. Given these challenges, these students learn best when curriculum is provided in a multi-sensory approach. These students are excited to come to school each day, and are always eager to learn and play despite the many challenges they face on a daily basis.
An important aspect of my classroom is accessibility for both my students and my staff, they should be able to access all the materials they need as quickly and independently as possible.
My students are a unique group with a wide range of needs and skill levels. One of my biggest goal areas for them is to increase their independence and self advocacy skills across their day. In order to do this effectively, I need to reorganize their class materials into easy to see and easy to carry containers.
With the larger clear plastic boxes, I would be able to put a label on the outside of the box with a photo to help the students quickly find what they need (work materials, pre-vocational materials, counters, fine motor tasks, etc) allowing them to get their materials with less teacher intervention.
With the smaller plastic containters I can more easily organize the smallest items in our room, helping the students to carry them across the room with ease, especially those with less steady hands.
The laminator sheets will help with creating labels that will last for a long time, ensuring this investment in organization stays with the students for years to come.
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