10 Great Sensory Tools for Your SPED Classroom

Sensory tools were essential in my special education classroom! Having sensory tools available helps students stay on task, helped with sensory regulation, and helped decrease stress and anxiety. Here are ten of my favorite sensory tools for the special education classroom. 

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3 Low Prep Halloween Counting Activities

Halloween is a fun but always chaotic holiday in the classroom. Students are so excited for candy and the whole costume-wearing experience always throws things for a loop! I never know what to expect on Halloween, so I'm always looking for low prep activities that my students can complete for some fun but themed learning! Here are three low prep Halloween counting activities for the classroom.

Why You Need Thank You Notes in Your Teacher Desk + Freebie!

Thank you notes are always an essential purchase on my Back to School list. I love to keep a few different packs in my desk so they're always there when I need one.

Grocery Store Community Based Instruction

Going to the grocery store is one of my favorite community based instruction experiences. When I taught middle school, we were lucky to be right down the street from a grocery store, so we could walk there easily. There are lots of things we can work on in the grocery store. Many of my students have limited community experiences at home because of behavior or sensory concerns. I like to start working on getting students out into the community in middle school so they are used to it when they are in high school or a post-high setting. 

Grocery Store Community Based Instruction with grocery bags

Starting the Day with Success & Independence

In my years of teaching middle school, I've tried a lot of different things to start the day. This routine was so effective to get my students going in the morning without overwhelming them with high task demands. It was a great way to start the day with success and build independence! 


Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Story Based Literacy Unit for Special Education

It's here! It's here! This unit has been years in the making and I am so excited to share it with you! 

If you're new to Story Based Literacy, I suggest starting with this post that explains what it is and why you'd want to implement it. 

If you're ready to dive in, let's take a closer look at what's inside.


Fun & Functional End of the Year Rotations

I don't know about you, but the end of the year is always tough for my middle school students! They are ready for summer! We usually finish up our story based literacy with 4-6 weeks of the year left, which gives us a great opportunity to switch things up to stay motivated through the end of school. 


This last year, I was brainstorming ideas for more hands-on activities, and we tried something new! 

colorful baskets filled with school supplies and text "Fun & Functional Rotations for the end of the year"
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