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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Special Education Summer Blog Hop!

I am so excited to be participating the Special Education Summer Blog Hop hosted by Kyle from kinderspedadventures.blogspot.com!  You will want to tune in each week for the five week series of informative posts from some awesome special education teachers!  

This week is all about schedules!  Making schedules for my staff and students is one of those tedious tasks that I have a love/hate relationship with.  I have to revise them many times throughout the year as students transition in and out of the classroom and based on their needs, so it feels like I am always adjusting schedules!  If you are looking for more information on visual schedules, you read my this post from series on structured learning.

Once they are made – the schedules make my life SO MUCH EASIER. My staff know where they are supposed to be and I know where my students are at every minute. I can make sure that all of my students’ IEP goals are met and they are busy bees all day. That being said – making them can be a kinda of a pain in the but. But, I promise you it’s worth it. A detailed staff schedule and student schedule are a MUST. Take a look at my tentative schedules for September. 

I made these in Word and took screenshots of them, so they are a bit blurry.  If you want like to see them in more detail, you can download the student schedule here and staff schedule here.  I try to make my schedule so that each staff member works with each student throughout the day.  I do this for two reasons:  #1 to ensure generalization across people and #2 to prevent staff burnout.  Having one staff member work with the same student all day long can be exhausting, especially if it's a student who has a lot of behavioural challenges.

How do you schedule your day?  I'd love to hear from you!  Leave me a comment below!

And be sure to hop over to Special Little Learners for more great scheduling ideas!


  1. I am in complete agreement with you on having each assistant work with each child throughout the day. I am implementing that this year. I had one assistant last year and then that turned into two assistants and you can just tell that after a while the adult/student relationship just needs a little break. It sure does help the student become less dependent on the same adult day in and day out!
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  2. Thank you for sharing your scheduling process. I always aim to generalize student behavior. I'm hoping that having consistent staff in my classroom will be helpful this year!

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  3. Oooh! I like how you make your teacher/assistant schedule and during group times, one para is prompting/reinforcing and the other is taking data! I am good with taking data during 1:1, but trying to incorporate data collection otherwise is a mess! This should help. Thanks!!

  4. I love the differentiation and specification of jobs for each staff member! I totally agree with you about not assigning someone to the same student all day! What a cool post!
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  5. Well everyone already took my comment so now I feel silly...haha...but I completely agree that changing the para and student combination is important. One summer, I worked as an aid in a Pre-k - 2nd class and we rotated each week. It became a lot...so I like that you rotate more frequently. In my class now I just have one other aid...so we just have to bounce around just the two of us. Glad I found your blog through this hop!
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  6. I too have scheduled my para professionals so they work with all the students. I have always felt that is the best way for all of us to know the best ways to work with the kids. Awesome post! Just hopping through everyone's posts.

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