An Autism Connection

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Budding Blog Linky, my first linky ever

Let's see if this works. It is a linky party for bloggers with less than 200 followers, which is definitely me, lol.

This linky is hosted by I (heart) Recess, and I  have already found a few new blogs I will be following for ideas and inspiration.

Then I am to answer the following questions.

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
3. Describe your teaching style.
4. Give three interesting facts about you.
5. Do you have a TpT store? If yes, post the link :)

So, here goes:
1. Why blog? When I got my new position, I turned to the internet for research about Autism and best practices, and stumbled upon a few teacher's blogs that just blew me away with their ideas, their free materials,their willingness to help another teacher, and their dedication to their field. I hope that someday I can be that inspiration for another teacher.

2. I love science and health. I was a nurse for a brief while so I have always been interested in the medical field, particularly public health. It is amazing what students DON'T know about their bodies and how it works. And science is so much fun with experiments and hands on activities.

3. I am firm and have lots of structure, because I have found that my students thrive in this kind of environment. I am a strong advocate for my students and my students know I care about them. 

4. I was born in Norway and feel a strong empathy for students from other cultures as a result. I found my true love through 3 years ago and we just bought a house together (we closed last week and it's my first!!). I have 2 grown children, 3 big dog children, and 1 cat child. Not sure that any of that is interesting to other people, though, lol.

5. Not yet, but am an avid TPT shopper. Once I am up and a little more organized with my room, I hope to post a few items. In the meantime  I will try to post some freebies on my blog if I can figure out how to do it.

Work Tasks

We are in a little lull in what seems to be our endless move this month. We have our new house, YAY, and plan to move (finally!!) over Memorial Day weekend. In the meantime, we are going to paint. It'll be fun to have our own place and I am looking forward to it greatly. At school, we are done with our state testing and have only our district testing left. The students are getting squirrely and anxious, though, and not much is happening curriculum wise, as we are having to spend a lot of time putting out behavioral fires. We have 18 days left.

As for prepping for the new program in the fall, I finally got a color printer, and Boardmaker Studio, so I can start making some visuals to go along with the  work tasks I have managed to put together. I haven't used Boardmaker in a few years and it has changed. I am not a natural with technology and this, too, will be a huge learning curve for me. I was playing around with it yesterday and made a few sorting tasks. But I tried to make a book and got totally lost, sigh. I will keep plugging along and I am certain I will figure it out.  I have also put together a tentative schedule of my week for next year but it will probably change a little as we get closer to school starting in the fall. Once I figure out how to show a document here on my blog, I will post that, too.

In the meantime, here are a few work tasks I have put together. I don't yet have the visuals or jigs, but will get to those in the next few days, I hope. I have a lot more to put together but need plastic bins and Tupperware and plastic bags. I still have no access to funding but when I put in for reimbursement, it is always approved, so thank goodness for that!! Anyway, here they are.
Match the toothbrush with the correct top

This is a nail care packaging activity. I will have a jig for this one and they are to put the items in a bag.

Screw the 2 pieces together and insert the longer pipe into the end. Great fine motor skill.

Put cd in case. I am also going to make a cd cover so they would have to insert that as well.

Match the colors to the jig and put them in a baggie.

Match socks and fold them together

Insert the batteries the right way, screw on top and turn on to make sure it works.

And finally, match coin words, to actual coin, to written money notation, and then place in envelope.