I have the privilege of teaching a self-contained classroom of students that present with varying learning, social, and communication needs. My classroom consists of built-in supports derived from researched-based best practices for learning. I utilize visual supports, sensory strategies, hands-on manipulatives, behavioral and language supports to facilitate overall learning in the classroom. My students benefit greatly from the implementation of these best practices, and given current circumstances with distance learning, they are experiencing gaps and lack of availability of these supports. My goal has been to get materials and supports into the hands of my families/caregivers so they can continue to create the best learning environment for their students at home. Any amount of structure and supports that can be carried over from the classroom to the home environment would assist in each child's learning- not only academics, but with overall developmental and behavioral gains that are crucial to acquiring academics.
Visual supports, communication supports, behavioral supports are all crucial elements to my classroom. I support students in various ways utilizing visual schedules, visual aids, communication and behavioral supports (token economies, 'first-then' boards). I also use teacher-made materials to help differentiate lessons and provide ways for students to learn new skills using file-folder games with Velcro (such as one-to-one correspondence tasks, counting tasks, reading comprehension, or matching letters, shapes, etc). I have been creating these materials from home using my own supplies, so I will continue to be able to support families and students through the funding of this project so parents will be able to carry over learning in the home environment. At the end of the school year, I will gather supplies/materials that I have created and continue to use within the classroom as we return to a face-to-face model of learning.
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