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If you could get anything for your classroom
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What would you get? Our school is basically getting a blank check to get curriculum, software, etc for our special ed department (pre-k-6th grades).....the only catch is it has to be something we will use and hopefully help improve our students test scores AND we have to spend the $$ asap, so not much time to research.

So if you could get anything you wanted what would it be?


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What do you teach? Grade levels? Mild/moderate, severe/profound, resource, inclusion?
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It Depends
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Love that sped expression of "It depends" but it really does. What are you teaching? Are you looking for a specific program? What subject area? How much time will you have to use the program?

For reading I liked Read 180 from Scholastic, but you have to have kids who are willing to sit and read to self for 15 minutes.

There are many other great programs but if you could share your parameters that would help.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:27 AM
 
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A SMARTBoard! It is such a wonderful tool for all children; but especially those children that struggle. The SMARTBoard engages children in their learning. I would just die without mine.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:11 AM
 
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I would agree with getting a SMARTboard and any other technology that you can find! I have a smartboard and an elmo that I use all of the time. One that that I would love to have is the little handheld response clickers (not sure what they are called) that correspond with the smartboard. This is where every child has one and can buzz in with their answer and you can see who is getting it and who isn't.....that is one of my dreams of things to have!!


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My room is a little small for this,
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but I would really love to have a swing and tripod. I'm not sure if there is structures in the ceiling to hold up a swing, or if it could be approved. Actually, an entire therapy room would be dreamy. Swinging has so many benefits for children with autism, and children in general. Drat those sue happy people who have removed so many swings from playgrounds. As an aside, there is some parent group in my city that has advocated for bringing swings back to park playgrounds.
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I'd love more play things--I think the above post about a swing would be awesome in a classroom. Comfy seating is something I'd also love to have--child-sized recliners and sofas for a cozy reading nook and cool-down area.

I'm craving an expansion to my in-room library.

I'd look into technology your classroom may be lacking, unless that's strictly handled elsewhere. So, another vote for a Smartboard.

Knowing your population of students would be helpful, though.
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