I am over the moon to finally get the first volume of the Special Education Classroom Startup Toolkit for Creating Teaching Plans and Classroom Schedules up in my TeachersPayTeachers Store! This is the first volume in a series and complements our book Setting Up Classroom Spaces for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is something that has been a work in some form or another for the last 10 years. I also have a great giveaway going on for people who subscribe to my newsletter AND, some good news about upcoming store events. So grab a beverage and stay a bit.
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Special Education Classroom Startup Toolkit: Creating Teaching Plans and Classroom Schedules
Let me first tell you that some of what is shared in this is information I’ve had on the blog, but the manual provides so much more detail than I can go into in blog posts. And it’s all in one place! It is designed primarily for self-contained and resource classrooms serving students with severe disabilities, although it can be used with any type of special education classroom.
I’ve included these first two steps of setting up classrooms because they are where I start and I feel they really go together. One of the functions of a teaching intervention plan, or teaching plan, is that it plans out the instruction for each student. It then informs me about what I need to include on the schedule to meet the students’ needs. The teaching plan also helps me get my materials together and plan data collection as well as serves many other functions that I’ve outlined recently in one of my last posts. The next step in classroom setup is physical space, which we describe in our AAPC book on Setting Up Classroom Spaces, which ties into teaching plans, the schedule and zoning plans. The next toolkit volume will be on building classroom teams and zoning staff. Then I’ll move on to visual supports and other pieces of the room.
The download for this toolkit is provided in a zip file so that you have access to electronic copies of the forms that you can edit and use as well as the e-book of instruction manual that has hard copies of the forms.
Part 1: Teaching Intervention Plan
The teaching plan part of the SPED toolkit includes:
- 4 teaching plan examples: preschool, elementary, middle and high school.
- I’ve updated the teaching plan form and there are hard copies and electronic copies in Word and PDF you can use.
- All the forms in the book are fully editable.
- I’ve included a written explanation of each step of the teaching plan and how it can be completed and used.
- An exclusive video that walks you through both my thought process and the formatting in Word for using the teaching plan form
- A cheat sheet with ideas for what might be recorded in the different columns (e.g., teaching strategies, activities, data collection). I find it useful to laminate this, if you are new to writing teaching plans, to refer to periodically.
- Answers to frequently asked questions
Part 2: Creating the Classroom Schedule
The second part of the kit includes an explanation of the considerations in creating the classroom schedule, including:
- The different considerations in creating the classroom schedule
- Ways the teaching plan contributes to determining each decision in the schedule
- 9 examples of classroom schedules (1 full-day preschool, 1 half-day preschool, 3 elementary classes, 2 middle school classes, and a high school class)
- Explanations of each of the schedules pointing out relevant information about each (e.g., explaining decisions about creating specific activities)
- Word (fully editable) and PDF copies of schedule grids for 5-9 students
- A checklist for reviewing the schedule (can be used by the classroom teacher to troubleshoot her own schedule or by trainers/ coaches to provide support to other teachers)
- Answers to frequently asked questions
And all of this is available in one download with the tools and instructions on how to get your special education classroom off to a strong start. Over time I may make some additions to the kit as I find more teaching plans on my computer that can be used or get more frequently asked questions, but I can’t guarantee that will be the case.
Checkout the Facebook Live sessions about it below.
Until next time,