Discover Best Practices for Preparing Your Classroom for the New School Year

It’s That Time of Year Again!

The new school year has arrived, and everyone is busy preparing for their students. Lesson plans, IEP’s, new curriculums, and training days all encompass our time before school starts. However, one of the key factors of this preparation is the learning environment.

Is your classroom ready for the new school year?

Top 10 Classroom Preparation Set-Up Checklist

❏     Is your classroom clean and orderly?

❏     Is your classroom inviting for your students — Is it a place that encourages students to do their best?

❏     Is your classroom inviting for your team and other adults?

❏     Does your classroom have clearly physically defined areas based on learning activity that will encourage learning and reduce distraction? (i.e. individual desks; small/large group
instruction area; quiet area; play area; technology area)

❏     Does your classroom have clearly physically defined transition area in which movement between classroom stations and/or to outside of the classroom occurs?

❏     Is your classroom well organized to promote student learning and minimize challenging behavior? (i.e. activities and tasks kept in clear/well labeled clear plastic bins; classroom decorations and bulletin boards in an organized and logical layout so not to be distracting or overwhelming)

❏     Does your classroom have a class daily written/illustrated schedule to help your students predict their environment, stay on task, encourage learning, and prevent problem behavior?

❏     Does your classroom have individual daily schedules for your students who need additional support above the classroom schedule?

❏     Does your classroom contain visual instructions for activities? (i.e. picture/word instructions on how to wash hands)

❏     Does your classroom have a classroom wide or individual reinforcement schedule(s) posted and clearly visible? (i.e. token boards for individual student earning)

Congratulations! Your classroom is now ready for the new school year! Just by making these 10 changes to the environment, you have improved the effectiveness of the entire program.

If you would like a formal environmental rating scale to evaluate your classrooms physical organization that will provide suggestions for improvement, you can take the Autism Program Environment Rating Scale of Self-Assessment (APERS). This is a great tool to help evaluate your classroom’s physical layout at the beginning of each school year. Below are some additional tips for creating the most ideal classroom for your students.

Help and Support for Classroom Organization

For visual supports, instructions, and reinforcement systems check out the “My Resources” section of your Rethink account.

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Learn tips and real-world examples of classroom set-up, check out the “Setting Up for Success” archived webinar in “My Resources“:

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Check out other classroom organization tips and best practices.

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SXSWedu 2017: Using Data & Tech to Bring SPED up to Speed

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Vote Rethink for SXSWedu’s “PanelPicker”

Rethink is excited and proud to be eligible to speak at next year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) on “Using Data & Tech to Bring SPED up to Speed“.  We are honored to be in the running and excited to discuss how using data & technology will revolutionize special education.

We are asking people to vote Rethink for SXSWedu’s “PanelPicker”. Please take 2 minutes to vote here.  It’s very easy to create an account and then you will be able to give us a “thumb’s up” over on the left-hand side of the page, comments are greatly appreciated!

If selected, Rethink will moderate a panel with district leaders and clients from across the country.

The panel plans to discuss:

  1. Replicable strategies to use technology to enable high-quality professional development throughout the school year.
  2. Best practices on using technology to track IEP data, leading to lower due process costs, and higher parent satisfaction.
  3. Great ideas on how to better incorporate technology into special education curriculum and improve student outcomes.

vote_for_Rethink_swsxedu_2017Please vote today, the voting deadline is Sept. 2.

Vote here!

About Rethink

Rethink aims to place evidence-based treatment solutions in the hands of every educator, clinician or parent working with a child with special needs. We are unique in our footprint, leveraging the power of technology to provide clinical support, best-practice tools, and research-based content to all market segments, reaching more children with special needs than any other solution.

Advanced Training Series- Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Advanced Training Series = More Professional Development in Evidence-Based Instruction

everyday_aba_kids_in_class-02With the new school year upon us, schools are clamoring for effective professional development. Teachers, paraprofessionals, and others interested in learning and applying the evidence-based practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for learners with significant disabilities have been accessing Rethink’s exemplary Basic Training Series for years. But once people finished the sequence of training modules, we often hear, “We want more!”

Well, you asked for it, we got it! The Advanced Training Series is here! There is always more to learn. Our Basic Training Series is a great introduction to ABA and now with the Advanced Training Series, users can get an even more in depth understanding of the principles of ABA.

You want it, the Advanced Training Series has got it!

The Advanced Training Series provides:

  1. Access to an additional 40-hours of on-demand training
  2. Quizzes and tests are also embedded within each training module, to support learning.
  3. Take your professional development up a notch and learn about everything from reinforcement to motivating operations!

Another bonus of Rethink’s Advanced Training Series, is that it meets the 40-hour training requirement for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification. The RBT is a wonderful first step towards professionalizing the role of the paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals are an invaluable asset in providing special education services, yet so often paraprofessionals do not receive adequate professional development. Paraprofessionals can use Rethink’s Advanced Training Series to fulfill the training requirement, as they pursue their RBT credential.  The on-demand access allows flexibility for busy professionals.

Whether you are pursuing your RBT credential, or just wanting more quality professional development, the Advanced Training Series is for you. Check it out!

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