Now I'm usually the one who sees pictures of a classroom trick and thinks, "wow, that's absolutely genius! Why didn't I think of that?" and not the one actually thinking on my toes to solve a minor problem. But today I am sharing three different special ed tricks with you to help keep your classroom running smoothly and safely!
I used to let the spray sit on top of the paper towel dispenser, but every time someone pulled the lever to get a paper towel, it would slide down and fall into the trash can below it. Not cool! I've lost many a bottle of spray this way.
So I thought to myself, "There has to be a way to solve this... I can't keep buying poop spray. People are going to think I have a problem!" Enter Velcro, ya know, a special ed teacher's best friend and sidekick.
*I also Velcro-ed that little room diffuser to the paper towel dispenser so it doesn't fall.*
You can kind of see in the bottom left of the picture above that the changing table is there. Well the gloves used to sit in that corner on the changing table and get in the way. They'd end up on the floor or behind the table... it just wasn't working.
If you have students whose feet don't yet touch the floor (we use big blocks of foam under our feet to stabilize us) and because of this, they slide out of their chair or kind of slouch down... try this!
Cabinet shelf liner. Yep, the stuff you might use in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets to keep your dishes or stuff from sliding around. Cut a piece to fit on the chair and then the student sits on top of it. No more slipping around in the chair.
The best part is it doesn't have to be any particular color or even pretty AND you can buy it pretty much anywhere. If you'd like to grab some now before you forget, you can grab it here:
Now that you've found out all of my classroom tricks, it's time for a treat!
We read this story a few days ago when we have a few free minutes before going to inclusion. The following week, at the first grade team meeting, they talked about how they'd be using this book in the upcoming week.
Don't have this book yet? You can grab a copy here:
What tricks do you use in your classroom?