Do you have a small room where you bring a few students at a time for some kind of instruction or therapy? Let me just say that structure is your friend, my friend.
When you have students coming and going, there is an art to making that happen smoothly. I’ve asked one of my teachers to share with you how she took some time to make her already structured resource room even better!
Take a look at this week’s video as Chloe Coffman shares a quick tour of what she’s done and how that’s made a difference in her teaching space and student learning!
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Unfortunately we had a technical error with a segment of Chloe’s video and had to clip a couple of minutes where she shows how she helped students be more organized by simply placing pictures on a plastic basket organizer! According to Chloe, her students were just throwing the pencils, erasers, scissors, and markers back into the organizer just any which way. After Chloe put pictures of the items on each section of the organizer to indicate where everything went, her students immediately put things back in the correct spot! In her words, “It was a miracle!”
You will notice in the video that Chloe makes use of a work system. If you remember one of my videos a while back, that is where you visually answer four questions:
- What work do I have?
- How much work do I have to do?
- How do I know when I’m done?
- What comes next?
When a student can be more independent in a resource room, that gives you more instructional minutes, especially if you have several students in the room and you are trying to give some individual attention to one or two at a time.
If you are a therapist and are working only with one or two students and there is no one else in the room…use a work system! Your students need to see the answers to those questions. Trust me, they’ll be more on task when they know exactly what is going on! You and I want the answers to those four questions, right? So I recommend that you give those answers to your students as well!!!
Here’s your mantra: The more behaviors you have, the more structure you need. SO, if you have to TELL, TELL, TELL something to a student, you need to SHOW, SHOW, SHOW the student exactly what you want them to do. That is exactly what Chloe has now done in her classroom and she’s lovin’ it!!!
Thanks for joining me this week. Now I’d like to hear what you have done with your resource or therapy rooms!!! Feel free to ask questions as well!! Leave your comments and I’ll get back to you!
Take care and I’ll see you next time!