At the end of school year, I always find myself making notes on what worked in my classroom and what I would like to tweak for next year. Since I can’t be the only one who starts planning for the next school before the current school year is even out, I thought I would share one of my favorite new tools this year. Classroom visuals! Well, I just mean more classroom visuals. I’ve always have visuals for my students but they tended to be things like class schedules, which applied to everyone, or specific visuals that were only for 1 student. Check em out and make sure to read all the way to the bottom…
Enter these bad boys! Visual Supports
These are simple posters that I pasted around the room for visual reminders of what students should be doing in that area. For example, when we line up to go somewhere in the building, the visual for how we walk in the hallway is right on the door to go over before we leave.
And here is what the poster looks like up close.
I started off with just two of these posters, but they worked so well that I made a few more for other areas in the room.
Poster for our computer area. *Side note* Having the websites listed has helped a ton with those friends that like to argue or barter for other sites. I just point to the list and say “sorry”.
Here’s the poster for my teacher table. Before we start working I go over the expectations for small groups and I can refer back to it if a student needs a reminder as we are working.
And our poster for the work task area. It has the steps for completing that tasks and reminders for how they should act while there.
*There is also a picture of the other side of the door that covers how they behave when the walk into the room.
One thing that was added after I started at my new school was the line leader and lunch helper charts. I had some little friends that had some bad habits of arguing over who got to be line-leader and lunch helper ALL THE TIME! That little habit HAD TO STOP. Hello little charts. I simply place a clothespin with their name on it next to the place they are leading the line to or if their helping with lunch that day.
Easy peasy and a total life saver. We just move clips at the end of the day and they don’t argue about it anymore.
This picture kind of shows off how our morning check-in area and our line leader/lunch helper charts are in the same area. This was one purpose so my little friends could check the chart themselves in the morning when their signing in and see what they are doing on that day. I also kept it close to the door that way we could easily check it if we needed to.
There is also a little first/then board for those that have a problem with little friends that don’t want to eat, they just want play on the computer. This is the second school I’ve taught at where this has been a thing so I left it in their because I figure someone else might need it too!
Anyways, these simple tools have made a huge change in my classroom and I hope they’ll help yours too! There FREE in my TPT store. Just click HERE or on any of the pictures. Some of them may be specific to my classroom so if there is something you’d like me to tweak send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I see what I can do!
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