I haven’t posted anything from my world in special education in quite a while, so here it goes. I am currently teaching fifth grade, general education, AND squeezing in a precious thirty minutes of special education instruction with my fourth and fifth-grade special education students. It is by far my favorite time of day. Despite being my favorite time of day, we have HUGE deficits that we need to fill, and we cannot afford to waste a second.
At the beginning of the year, I had a file with flash cards of each Dolch sight word. I would print out the file, have the students read each word, and cut out the words that they needed to work on. As time went on, I found myself wasting SOOO much paper and time.
One day, I had a random idea. What if I type their unknown or incorrect sight words as they read?! I know, I know. It isn’t anything mind-blowing, but I couldn’t help but wonder why I hadn’t thought of it sooner.
Within just a few minutes, each student has a printed list of sight words to be practiced over the next week. It has saved time, paper, and is individualized to meet their needs.