Monday, December 19, 2011

Not always technology...

I have to admit, this blog has focused a lot on technology over the few years I've written.  Partly because of my belief that it is a way to give children independence they would not have with out it, and also because I'm a geek.

On the other hand, I still have a ton of low-tech materials throughout my classroom.  As any special ed teacher will attest Velcro will save your lesson!  My instructional assistants and I are constantly laminating (and yes I consider this an adaptation!) and velcroing materials for lessons.  I mentioned one such adaptation on Twitter as part of the #eduwin campaign.

Below you'll find pictures of that adaptation.  It's really nothing special I just separated the day out into 4 parts, reducing the number of choices when checking the schedule.  A very simple adaptation for a student who liked to take from the middle of the schedule, no need for anything digital, but it was not something I thought of first.

Another point I want to make is that I had help in this adaptation.  Yes, it was a simple adaptation, but without the help of my instructional assistant (1 of 4 in my classroom), it never would have turned out this way.  I would have done is completely differently, and I'm afraid it wouldn't have been nearly as successful.  I know that having extra hands and minds in my classroom makes it a better place.

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