Hello! I am Jamie from The Mitten State Teacher. I’ve spent the last 14 years as a classroom teacher and am here to share with you some of the many accommodations I’ve found successful for my students over the years. Some ways that I accommodate students are using teacher proximity, positive praise, a simple behavior chart, assigning a classroom job indefinitely. You can find the entire checklist of accommodations in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop, The Mitten State Teacher! Most accommodations do not require purchases, however, the ones that do can (of course) be purchased on Amazon! #whatcantyoubuyonamazon
Do you have any wiggly students who are constantly in motion? The sitting wedge, otherwise known as a “wiggle seat” is great for students who are always moving! It allows the student to actively sit while you are teaching! The best part is that students can use it on their chair or on the floor!
Students who are constantly moving their hands and searching for classroom items to touch often benefit from having a small, handheld fidget. I like to offer my students a small object to fidget with while I’m teaching, such as this pencil grip fidget. Stick it to the end of the pencil and the student can move it around, or even chew on it if necessary.
Another type of fidget I use are stress balls that are small enough to fit in a student’s lap while keeping his/her hands busy. A stress ball can be helpful for students who may show signs of anxiety, ADHD, or are stressed about something.
Sometimes students just need to work in silence and if they could block out normal background noise that comes with a classroom full of learners, they would be fine. Other students are sensitive to noise and a variety of sounds. For these types of learners, I have a few pair of noise cancelling headphones available. They are used during independent reading and writing time…NOT when the teacher is teaching!
There are many different reasons why some children enjoy the rocking motion. Some children may do it to soothe themselves, express frustration, are tired, or perhaps are on the autism spectrum. Having a couple of rocking chairs in my classroom make it easy for those children who crave the motion to rock! Toddler and child size rocking chairs work great for younger children, while an adult size would be perfect for older students in middle and high school.
Students thrive with classroom routines and structure. Another accommodation that is valuable to students is the use of a visual schedule. I simply type out the order of our classroom routine, laminate it, and clip it inside a giant clothespin and place on the child’s desk. The child not only knows what’s coming next, but he can see what we’ve accomplished as well.
One thing to keep in mind when making accommodations for a student or two, is that each child is unique and what may work for one, may not work for another. I usually implement 2-3 accommodations at a time, chart the progress on the checklist, and never give up! Thank you so much for reading! If you find ONE new accommodation that can help a student be successful, you’ve done A LOT! Happy Accommodating! Jamie, @TheMittenStateTeacher
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