These readers were mostly interested in an overview of the different stations in my classroom. I realized that I have posted about each stations separately, but I haven't posted a summary of them as a resource for you guys. So, below you will find a brief description as well as a link to a more detailed post about each station.
AM Group Area: Our morning circle which consists of going over the weather, calendar, social skills, and academic skills each day. We also use this area to store our schedules (in a binder on each student's desk). And, the kids gather here to sit and wait for transitions out of the room (recess/going home).
Independent Work Area: This is home to "Work Station" and "Factory." Both stations involve allowing students to work on already mastered skills to foster maintenance and independence.
Last year's work station:
This year's work station:
Break Area: This area has bean bags, large therapy balls, as well as a variety of other toys for kids to engage with during break times.
Reading Area: This station is run by an assistant. Students work on a variety of reading and spelling skills through hands-on activities. Students read adapted books, complete daily spelling worksheets (roll a word, make a sentence, etc.), as well as other seasonal reading center activities.
This is how my reading station was set up at the beginning of this year: http://autismtank.blogspot.com/2013/12/reading-station.html
This was my newest addition to the reading center station:
This was how my reading center was set up last year:
Language: This station is run by an assistant. Students work on increasing their speed and accuracy on a variety of flash card sets and fluency timing sheets. Students also have binders of worksheets related to IEP goals which they work on when they are not involved in a fluency timing.
Teacher Time: This is where students work with me on IEP goals that need more targeted or direct instruction.
Science: This station is run by an assistant. Students work on completing worksheets and hands-on activities about a monthly science topic.
Small Group Table: This area is used for a variety of activities. We have our daily math groups here; I run a 2nd (higher level) morning group here; we use this for art projects, cooking activities, and playing small group games.
Computer Area: Here, we have 2 classroom computers and some iPads for student use during break times as well as targeted "technology" time.
Quiet Reading: This station is used as a structured break for my students. The students read leveled books or adapted books independently. http://autismtank.
blogspot.com/2012/09/ classroom-tour-quiet-reading. html
Life Skills: This was a separate classroom we had where we targeted skills that could be utilized in the home/community setting. Some examples were setting the table, sorting laundry, filing, etc.
Schedules: I'm also posting a link to my post about schedules since this may help you understand more about how these activities fit into our day. http://autismtank.blogspot.com/2012/09/schedules.html
Basically, my kids:
-Start with Specials (gym, music, or art)
-Come back to the classroom and begin with Morning Group
-Rotate through a variety of the stations in pairs of 2 (usually language, reading, independent work, factory, break, teacher time, quiet reading)
-Table Time (Independent Tasks in my coworkers classroom) or Life Skills
-Math Groups (these are co-taught with my coworker...more on this topic to come next week!)
-Rotate through science, social studies, and independent work.
If you want more info on my schedules or to use my template, email me and I can send it your way. firstname.lastname@example.org