Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What motivates your students?

One of my students is highly motivated by writing on himself or others.  He has a lot of behavior issues and struggles to stay focused even through a 15 minute lesson.  One day, we were practicing writing numbers.  All he wanted to do was write on his hands and his face with a marker.  I thought fast and made it an incentive.

"If you write your numbers correctly on the white board, I will let you write your numbers on my hands"

And he did.... (and he loved taking a picture of my hands with my phone after it)

*** Just so you know.. Dry erase marker on your hands comes off easily!!

What would you let a student do to decrease behavior and increase academic skills?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Congratulations! 3 Winners!

My first giveaway has finished and 3 giftcards have been given out to the following people:

Check your e-mail for your gift certificates.  The winners are also posted on the Rafflecopter here

Thank you to everyone for following my blog and for your awesome comments.  I have lots of ideas for upcoming posts to help you all out.  Feel free to let me know at any time of behaviors that you need more help with.  I am looking forward to getting to know you all better.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Destruction Box.. and Giveway Continued

Are things being torn up sometimes?  Do you have chess pieces that look like this:

or pencils that look like this:

I implemented a Destruction Box.  I got the idea from another colleague in the district.  It is super easy!  My students are allowed to go to the recycling bin when they need to.  They can tear up paper, wad up paper, or even hole punch paper.  This is a great way for the students to tear something up, but have that task controlled to one area of the room.  Also, my students have to do this right over the recycling the best part... there is no mess to clean up later!  YAY!!! 

Would you use a Destruction Box in your classroom?

Don't forget to enter the 100 Follower Giveaway.  It runs through Sunday.  Click here to go to the post to enter. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

How Do You Earn "Cool" Points.. and Giveaway

Ever walked into a classroom or a school or even just a room of kids that you wonder how you are ever going to fit in and catch their attention?  And then if you don't engage a certain student or two... you start to see behavior issues out of them many times??  Sometimes you have to do something crazy and fun to engage your students!  This is from my 2nd year of teaching, but I thought I would share with you all as an example of how to make things fun, engage your students, and therefore lessen behavior problems.  If your students feel like you can relate and understand them better... then they will be more willing to behave better for you.

This was how we decorated our door.  Do you remember the song from American Idol Auditions "Pants on the Ground"?   We made our own version called "Read a Good Book".

Every person in my class posed with their favorite Junie B. Jones Book or Skippy Jon Jones book wearing this hat.  This is my picture.  We picked those 2 books because those were in our song.

Don't forget to enter my 100 Followers giveaway for you chance to win 1 of 3 $10 giftcards.  Click here to go to the post to enter.

How do you relate to your students and engage them?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

100 Follower Giveaway!!

Teaching Through Turbulence had made it to 100 followers.  I am so excited that you are all here!  Thank you for all your support.  I promised a giveaway and here it is...

3 different $10 gift cards to Teachers Pay Teachers

Although, I do not have a store on TPT at this time, there are so many great products out there that I know you could use in your classroom.  My wishlist has 50 items on it right now.  I just go in every once in awhile and buy a few things off of it.  

 This is my first time using Rafflecopter, so I hope it works.  The giveaway will run through Sunday, so make sure you get your entries in to win one of the giftcards.

Thank you all!  I am excited to get to know each and every one of you and your needs more as we move forward.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, February 18, 2013

Almost to 100 followers!!

I had scheduled this post to go out tomorrow because I had 82 followers this morning, but I have already grown to 92 followers today, so I am sending this out now.  Sorry for breaking the 1 post a day rule, but I am excited!!!

My blog has almost made it to 100 followers!  I am so excited!  I think I will host my 1st ever giveaway with a couple giftcards once I make it to 100!

Thank you to all the wonderful followers that I already have and that I am looking forward to gaining!  I enjoy hearing your ideas, and I am glad I can help you out with behaviors in your classroom!

Please let me know what other behaviors you are needing suggestions on!

Another visual schedule

I blogged about a couple different ideas for visual schedules back in November, but I have been presented with a student that those schedules did not work for.  With many of my students, I use schedules that they can manipulate.  They take off a picture that is put on the schedule with velcro whenever they complete it.  They look like this:

To see the whole previous blog post, click here

Well.. what happens when you get a student that eats paper and small pictures that he finds?  I knew this child needed a schedule for structure, but I had to find a way to make sure he couldn't eat it in one big bite or tear it up immediately.  I came up with the following:

The pictures are glued down and the whole thing is laminated together.   He can use a dry erase marker to check off things that he completes.  (He doesn't usually do this, but it was offered).

I also have students that just have their schedule typed out with no pictures.  It is also laminated for them to check off as they go throughout their day.

What works best for your students?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Time management

I wanted to share some of my favorite things for time management.  This can be used in a classroom or at home with your old children.

I have previously shared about Visual Timers, which I love.  If you missed that post, you can see it HERE

The next couple visuals I learned about from  HANDS in Autism. They even have templates on their website for you.

I use this when the amount of time is not completely set.  I can take the green off and give an "Almost Finished" warning.  Then, I can decide when we are finished.  This is good when getting ready for drills or convocations.

This one helps when you have to complete a certain number of things before you are finished.

 There are many countdown timers on the internet that you can use also.  I tend to go to an easy one HERE.

How do you manage time in your classroom or at your house?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Visuals - So Many Uses

A couple weeks ago I touched on using visuals in your classroom when you are giving directions.  I wanted to give some other ideas for using visuals also.  My bloggy friend, Heidi, from Heidisongs Resource asked a great question on my last blog post that gave me the idea to expand the discussion of visuals.

Visuals can be used to show students what you need them to do.  The visual directions help reinforce your verbal directions.  I use these a lot with my younger students that have a delay in language development.  I also use it when giving redirections when I feel that repeating myself out loud is not helping me.

Another way to use visuals is in PECS, which is Picture Exchange Communication System.  This is used when a child has difficulty requesting something.  They are taught to show a picture and will receive what they are asking for then.  As a child becomes more comfortable in using this, words are added in so the child learned to use simple sentences and request something using words with the pictures.  This will continue until the pictures can be removed.  I do not have a lot of experience with this, but I wanted to share it as another way to use visuals.

Sometimes kids will move toward requesting things with the following model:

Other ideas to use pictures and visuals in:
1. Sorting activities
2. Visual schedules
3. Emotions Chart

What other ways do you use visuals in your room?

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