05-17-2012, 07:07 PM
I teach a mild self-contained classroom. Simple suggestions I have are to use minimal decorations...less is more. I use all black solid borders for my bulletins for less distractions. I use one wall for all mathematics related posting and another for literacy.
Opening and closing each day I try to keep it all the same always. My students were taught one day one what they do when they walk through the door each day and for the most part that is exactly what we did each day. Closing the same but I have to admit I was not as good keeping it as consistent.
For your students I would imagine picture schedules would be beneficial. Something I have not implemented but heard this idea:
*having a three drawer container for each student
*in each drawer have a subject area for each student and keep
all the materials needed for their specific goals and objectives.
Something that has been a lifesaver for me is to set up a sub-binder. Inside I set up dividers for different things: daily schedules, OT and speech schedules for individual students, care plans for students with medical issues, behavior plans, early release schedules, teachers to go to if a sub has questions. When you set this up one time it saves you when you need to be gone with very little warning. I try to put in a couple activities that could be used to fill in if there was extra time or if you weren't able to come in and make plans.
Without knowing more what levels you have I am not sure what else to suggest.
Congrats and enjoy.