Conversation starters are always a fun way to build relationships. They can be used during the last few minutes of class, during advisory, or within your morning meetings. I especially love cards because you can let kids pick and read them on their own! Now... if you designed your own theme park, what would it be like? https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Conversation-Starters-2512113
Sometimes kids (even big kids) don't want to or really can't verbalize how they are feeling. Use drawing as a way for kids to express themselves and share what they are going through. #art #draw #teacherspayteachers #tpt #iteachtoo #teachersofig #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #iteach #specialed #specialeducation #education #teaching #classroom #teachergram #teacher #teacherlife #iloveteaching #socialemotionallearning #sel
Just posted a blog article with over 15 strategies every educator can do to help kids with executive functioning challenges! Keep in mind that many of the strategies are fairly simple. These are things you can integrate into your day to help kids who struggle with organization, planning, and time management. While it's true you might not get to them all, it's worth considering adding a few to help kids in need! https://www.thepathway2success.com/15-executive-functioning-strategies-every-teacher-can-use/
As a special education, but more importantly as a human being, I think it's SO important to teach all kids how to be includers. An includer is someone who actively works to make sure everyone is included and has a space. We all have value. Every single one of us. Let's teach kids this from the start. This visual is from my Relationships Unit if you're interested: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Relationship-Skills-Social-Emotional-Learning-Unit-for-Elementary-4806663
We all learn differently. It's important to value that. I'll never forget one day when a student of mine was laying on the counter doing their math work. An administrator walked in and gave me a strange look, like is that okay? YES, it's okay! That is how that particular student needed to be in order to do their work that day. Rather than expecting everyone to do everything exactly the same, let's respect and appreciate the fact that we all learn and work differently. It's actually a beautiful thing!
Discussing real life social scenarios is a great way to teach social skills. Here is one way to practice: Put kids in small groups and read (or make up) a social situation. It really can be any situation that causes them to stop and think before making a good social choice. Have kids discuss the scenario together and decide what the best choice is. You can even have kids themselves make up the scenarios once they get the hang of it! I developed this set specifically for older kids (link in profile), but I have an elementary set of task cards, too! Let me know if you need it! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Social-Problem-Solving-Task-Cards-for-Middle-and-High-School-2026083