Thanks for hopping along in this Fall blog hop! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some cooler weather, hot tea, pumpkin spice steamers, breezy weather and all of the reds/orange color changes that are coming our way! Mrs. D. hosting this fabulous hop, so be sure to stop at her blog & see what she has in store for you!
I have a classroom of students with a variety of abilities. Almost half of my class has visual impairments and is non-ambulatory. Therefore I include a lot of tactile, auditory and olfactory activities in my lesson such as sensory bins, shaker bottles, a sensory board and I also change up the activities in our black light area.
I have made it through the 5th week of the school year. This week was tough! I had an ARD, kids getting sick, staff getting sick, parents in denial, and last of all PICTURE DAY! It took us an hour today to get through pictures. I am EXHAUSTED.
On Fridays, I spend my conference prepping the paper-pencil tasks from N2Y (News-2-You) for the next week. My district is kind enough to provide N2Y for us to use. If you don't have access to it, ask your district if they could look into purchasing it! It is a life saver. In order to modify my students work, I need a pen, black marker and highlighters. All of my students (except for students with severe visual impairments) complete this work as independently as possible. First, as a group we read N2Y and do some activities on the smart board. Then I transition them with a visual or a verbal prompt to get their white folders.
Hey fellow educators! Are you thinking about ditching your teacher desk? I'm sure it's crossed your mind but you still wonder:
How will I stay organized?
Where will I have 'space' to work?
I'm here to share my experience of ditching my desk and to answer how I stayed organized and became flexible in my 'work space.' I must say, this may not be for you...but it doesn't hurt to try! If you aren't completely sold on getting rid of your desk, keep it in your room and use it for a station or check-in for students. You will still have it available and can switch back if you change your mind.