Monday, February 24, 2014

Slim Down Saturday (On Monday) - February 22's information

Okay, so I am a bit behind in doing the post and linking up since it is Monday, but here it is.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Slim Down Saturdays - February 15th

Another week of healthy lifestyle -- although I can't say that I was that healthy this week. :-/ This is my 7th week of my new lifestyle and working to lose weight, and I definitely struggled to stay on track. I have not lost the desire to continue though. I will get back on it!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Inclusion Innovations with Mrs. Salsman: Groupings Matter

Student groupings are very important in an inclusion environment. In my last Inclusion Innovations, I discussed the importance of making the kids "ours" instead of mine or theirs, and this becomes even more important when grouping.  Many times special education teachers go into a classroom and only work with the students with IEPs, but this doesn't have to be the case! When I pull groups within the classroom, I have a variety of special education and general education students.

Another important fact is that the special education teacher does NOT have to always be the one working with the special needs students!  When a child's minutes are in the general education setting, a general education teacher can provide those as long as accommodations and modifications are implemented.

Here are some of the most used inclusion groupings:

1. One teaches, one assists - This is usually seen the most.  The general education teacher is teaching, while the special education teacher assists.  Mix it up, and switch role sometimes! It makes for a wonderful dynamic. I switch this role with a kindergarten teacher sometimes, and it is wonderful for her to have that time to individually work with students around the room too.

2. Station Teaching - Each teacher teaches something different, and the children rotate through each of those stations. There can be independent activities in this rotation also.  Many times we have our set groups that the general education teacher teaches her group, while the special education teacher teaches another.  Why not rotate, so the students have a chance to learn even more from different perspectives?

3. Parallel Teaching - The teachers teach the same thing to 2 different groups of students.  This one is very important to have flexible grouping that changes at times and to have a mixture of general education and special education students.  Split the class in half between the 2 teachers, if you can due to space.  With some of my groups, I am not able to do completely half due to space in the room.  It is wonderful to teach smaller groups. This works very well for us during Kindergarten writing and phonics activities!

4. Alternative Teaching - This is seen a lot by the special education pulling a small group of special education students to a back table or somewhere in the room to work with them, while the general education teacher works with everyone else. This should be a flexible group also, based on the skill being practiced.  It may not be all of or only the students with special needs that need extra help, so pick the students that need the help without paying attention to a "label".  Switch up which teacher pulls the group. General education teachers love having small group time with students also, especially when it can be uninterrupted since there is another teacher with the rest of the class.

5. Team Teaching - This is one of my favorite.  This is where the 2 teachers are both in front of the class teaching together.  This can be difficult for some, as the teachers really need to be similar in teaching style or at least know how to work together through their differences. It can take a lot more planning and even some scripting, but it is wonderful.  It keeps the attention of younger kids very well.

General Education Teachers - I challenge you to change the way you look at your class and your teaching role. Become a team with a special education teacher and enhance the learning of your students with co-teaching.

Special Education Teachers - I challenge you to find a teacher that will welcome you into their class as another teacher.  Work to meet the needs of ALL students, not just the ones you are held accountable for.

Co-teaching has changed the way I look at teaching, and it is so much more fun for me this way.  I have a great group of teachers this year that I am co-teaching with.  I use parallel teaching and team teaching on a daily basis.  Yes, there is still a time for "one drift, one assist" and I use it, but it is not the one I look most forward to.

What type of co-teaching do you use in your classroom?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Slim Down Saturdays - February 8th

Another week is here, and this one didn't go so well for me. 

Ultimate Goal: Remains the same, and I am still motivated to make it.

Gain/Loss this week: Unfortunately, I gained 0.4 lbs today. I felt like I did everything right this week, so I am guessing this is 1 of 2 things.  1.) I was sick last week, so maybe I didn't REALLY lose 1.2 lbs (which was a lot for me in a week), but it showed that because I had a low amount of food in my body for the 2 days prior to weighing in.  2.) I worked out more this week, so I may have built up some muscle, which weighs more.

Total since starting: Inches on waist are the same... I put the 0.4 back, so I am at 4 lbs down.

Positives from this Week:  I started a supplement that has B12 in it, and I can really tell a difference in my energy level!  It was great.  I didn't take it this morning, and I really felt the different.  I did work out a lot more this week also, which I was really proud of.

Something to do better: I struggle with answering this one this week because I did really well this week with food and exercise, but then I gained weight, so I have to figure out why that is.

Goal for next week: I want to continue to increase my level of activity. This FitBit is SO motivating!!  I also need to start a calcium supplement.  I have had to take yogurt out of my diet now also, which was my main dairy product with calcium, since I have been allergic to others and my allergies became more severe this week with yogurt, so I cannot do it anymore either. Ever since I stopped yogurt, I have noticed that my bones are cracking and popping more. I realized that my calcium level with my vitamin is anywhere from 16% to 50% of daily value, so I have ordered something higher that I will start.

One word: Strong - I chose this because I need to make my bones stronger with more calcium.

That is my week!  Hoping for a better one with weight loss this week.  Make sure to head over to Third Grade Tidbits to see how everyone else did this week.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Slim Down Saturday February 1

I am linking up with Gina at Third Grade Tidbits for another week of Slim Down Saturdays!

Ultimate Goal: I am working hard to make it to a certain weight, which is 20 pounds down from where I started this time. I may adjust that number as I get closer depending on how fit I am because muscle does weigh more!

Gain/Loss for this week - I lost 1.2 lbs and another 1/2 inch from my waist. This is the 1st week that I have lost over a pound in a week since the first week of dieting, so I am very excited about that! The inches keep coming off, which feels wonderful also!

Total since starting: -4.4 pounds have been lost since I started and 2.5 inches around my waist! 

Positives from the week: I started strength training this week. It is only 5-10 minutes a week, but I am pretty weak, and I will build it up! I am feeling the difference already. I got a FitBit One this week, and it is making a huge difference for me.  It keeps me motivated, and it also adjusts my My Fitness Pal net calories for the day, which has helped me with my weightloss this week.

Something to do better: I want to do even better with eating vegetables.  I started off the week doing well, but I was sick for 4 days, so I have not been able to eat as well or work out for 3 of those days. Vegetables were definitely not the foods I wanted to eat when not feeling well, even though I know I should have. 

Goal for next week: I want to make my strength training exercise a daily thing.  They only take a few minutes, so I know I can fit them in!  I also want to keep doing Zumba 4-5 times a week for the longer lengths of time (40-60 minutes).

One Word: Word for the week is Health!  Spending half the week sick has been so difficult, and I have truly missed working out!  Yes -- I missed it!!  It is a great feeling when working out becomes part of your lifestyle. I can truly say that I have made a lifestyle change and not just on a diet this time, and it feels wonderful! 

Don't forget to head over to the linky and check out how everyone else is doing this week!

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