Every morning when the students come in, we start with a thought-provoking question or “ice breaker” to get the students’ brains fired up and interact positively with one another and with staff. From that, we jump into math and reading rotations that are each comprised of 20-minute rotations with the teacher, a teacher’s assistant, on a computer education platform, and an independent rotation to assess student progress on IEP goals. We follow up math and English language arts rotations with lunch and P.E. proceeding afterwards. In the afternoon, students gather together for social studies, science, and elective of the day; depending on the day, we do health (as part of their P.E./health grade), art, and cooking (also incorporated into their P.E./health grade). Students end the day with an assigned chore and balancing their student account sheets based on their ability to maintain their color level that day though obtaining points for work completion and positive behavior. Staff works diligently though out all rotations to ensure students have proper support and encouragement though all rotations; We have one staff member monitoring each rotation to supplement each rotation. My classroom works well though delegation and organizing what needs to be done by order of importance.
As a teacher, I find it important to touch base with students’ parents every Friday to let them know how their week progressed; this can include anything from work challenges, challenging behavior that we’ve been seeing, to positive strides in progressing along in regard to their academic and behavior goals.