Sight Words: My Easy Way to Assess in Minutes

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…

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FAQ: Bubble Pages: What do you need to know?

Let’s start with the basics. What are Bubble Pages?   Bubble Pages are teacher-created, leveled pages that include tasks for students to complete independently over the course of the school week.  When I develop my Bubble Pages, I typically ask that my students complete fifteen tasks per week.  Meaning, I am asking them to complete three independent tasks per day.  This could vary based on your classroom set up, grade level, number of days you work in centers, ect.  I use these in both reading and math.   How do your students keep track of what they have completed?   At…

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Ten Simple & Easy Ways to Differentiate

When planning lessons, I always ask myself, “Are all of my kids doing the same thing?”  If that answer is yes, then I am not differentiating appropriately.  It’s kinda of a nerdy passion of mine to maximize differentiation.  That being said, my room is not differentiated 100% of the time.  There are times when time restrictions or difficulty of a particular skill that we are not doing different things; however, I try to challenge myself to maximize my differentiation!  Here is a list of my top ten favorite or frequently used ways that I differentiate. Ten Simple & Easy Ways…

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Tricky Word Work Printables!

Lately, I’ve been selling my Ultimate Tricky Word Work packs like crazy!  I’ve also been getting requests for MORE!  Well for my loyal word work fans, I’m here to share that I am working away at granting your wish.  ๐Ÿ™‚  This weekend, I laid out templates for printables to accompany all of my long vowel packs! This pack starts out very simple by allowing students to simply fill in missing letters in the words to correctly spell the picture shown.  This is perfect for introducing a vowel sound, reteaching with strugglers, or sending home for independent homework. From there, students…

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Managing Bubble Pages

Last summer, I posted about my Bubble Pages and I have loved the feedback that I have received from many of you implementing these in your classrooms.  I wanted to share a quick post about a little system that I have implemented in my classroom this year that has saved me SOOOOO much time.  Like seriously…..oodles of time! Please ignore the ’70’s counters and dingy walls and look at the brightly colored baskets that I used last year.  At the time, I thought these were perfect and they did serve their purpose.  I had a basket for both my fourth…

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