I have mentioned in my previous blogs that I am no longer in the LIFE (Living in a Functional Environment) Classroom. I am now our campus ITS (Instructional Technology Specialist) I just thought I was done with the acronyms! One of my main fears when I left the classroom is that I would not be relevant anymore in the field of special ed.... but with my copious videos and my blogs that I have posted I still get questions (and this makes my heart happy!) I am also the mentor for the teacher that took over my classroom (who is rocking it out!)
One of the main questions I get is about my Big Idea poster
I absolutely LOVED using the Unique Curriculum and News 2 You. It had so many resources, ideas, lessons and so much more. Although I used the Unique Curriculum, I still had IEP's that I had to cover too. This is why the Big Idea board was created.
Title- Was the Big Idea from the Unique Unit that month
Subtitle- Was each subject I focused on in class
Bullets- First bullet- The big idea for that subject
Second-Fourth bullet were more IEP based
Second bullet- Level 1 focus
Third bullet- Level 2 focus
Fourth bullet- Level 3 focus and extension activities
Each of my students was on a different level. Unique is set up this way, but so is our standardized testing.
Having this Big Idea board not only helped those that entered the classroom see what the different students were working on, but it also helped keep me on track! Working with so many different grade levels can be a challenge at times (well worth it), but being organized in every way possible is important.
Do you have questions for me? Have you checked out my youtube page? Would you like to be a guest blogger for my Mail Call Monday? Let me know! You can find me on twitter @akbusybee or email me firstname.lastname@example.org I LOVE hearing from readers!
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Next week is Movie Monday and I hope to actually have a video up of my new office and classrooms!