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By Exceptional Thinkers
Start the day off right with this no- prep independent activity that will have students cutting, pasting, tracing, and writing out the days of the week. This fine motor resource includes leveled activities to accommodate a variety of ability
Subjects:
Occupational Therapy, Handwriting, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
This free Counting File Folder Game is fun, colorful, and easy to use. It's the perfect addition to your math centers! Use it as an independent center, discrete trial task, morning Do Now assignment, early finishers activity, or even homework. These
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten
Types:
Math Centers, Printables, Games
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Track student goals and behavior with a colorful sticker chart! This bright watercolor sticker chart will add a little fun to your data tracking! Use it as a behavior chart, homework chart, or to track any goal in your classroom. Black and White
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Back to School, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Assessment, Classroom Forms
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Even good students make mistakes sometimes! Encourage autonomy and self- monitoring by helping them work out their behavior problems. This Action Plan is great for special education or general education students. This Action Plan is a sample of a
Subjects:
Life Skills, Classroom Management, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms, Other
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Bring your bulletin boards to life and dazzle visitors with this exciting fall Agamograph! Keep this templates on hand for a prep- free art project. Your students will love showing them off! An Agamograph is a piece of art that features two
Subjects:
Back to School, Autumn, Visual Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
This Sight Word Sample Freebie Activity includes 6 sight word practice pages (are, do, write, down, look, and you). No prep necessary, so keep these on hand for sub plans, homework, sight word review, early finishers, Do-Nows, or independent
Subjects:
Reading, Special Education, Spelling
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.1b, RF.K.3c, RF.1.3g, RF.1.4
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Get students moving while practicing math skills with this hands on Shuffleboard Addition Game! They'll have so much fun with this adding activity, they won't even realize they're learning! This game can be differentiated to accommodate a variety of
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Measurement, Physical Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Students can make a fun handmade gift for parents or other loved ones. Create a snowy scene with this winter tree fingerprint craft with a fun seasonal poem. This resource includes the craft template and a blank December calendar page.This activity
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Other (Arts)
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
RL.K.7, RL.K.10, RF.K.1a, RF.K.2a, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Let's support each other as we navigate distance learning and homeschooling during the Coronavirus Covid 19 quarantine. Here's an editable schedule, password sheet, and exercise cards that I'll be using with my own kids.I whipped up these pages for
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Back to School, For All Subjects
Grades:
Homeschool
Types:
For Parents, Classroom Forms
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Allow students to express their gratitude with this functional Thanksgiving Placemat! The placemats are differentiated to accommodate a variety of needs and ability levels. Students can respond to picture prompts, writing prompts, or use the blank
Subjects:
Life Skills, Writing, Thanksgiving
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Use these Center Rotation Charts to manage your students' center tasks. You'll be able to track their activities at a glance! Need an editable version? Check out my Editable Center Rotation Charts! This resource includes: • Detailed instructions on
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Back to School, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Posters, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Use this simple healthy habits pledge to remind students to wash hands to prevent sickness. Reward students for making healthy choices with these free Healthy Habits Awards. This is a good resource to help students prepare to make good choices
Subjects:
Life Skills, Science, Health
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Break up those long virtual learning days with some fun brain break activities! This free activity calendar will keep the kids busy while in quarantine. All activities require materials you are likely to have at home. They're simple, fun, and will
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Make a meme with this easy to use and free meme builder. This editable online meme template includes fun images and simple instructions for students to create their own hilarious memes. Invite students to write memes about the text you just read
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Computer Science - Technology
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
2
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Exceptional Thinkers
This Thanksgiving Placemat is a quick and easy activity that'll keep students entertained as you celebrate Thanksgiving! Just print and go... no prep for this one!This Thanksgiving Placemat includes:Word SearchSecret Decoder PuzzleThanksgiving
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Autumn
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
1
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Exceptional Thinkers
Early finishers? Use this free digital Exit Ticket activity to assess student comprehension on reading assignments. It's perfect as a remote activity but can be printed out too. Students can type their responses in the boxes online or write them out
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Internet Activities, Printables
FREE
2
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Exceptional Thinkers
If you're studying the solar system, planets, and space, then you'll love these cute bookmarks! They're a fun way to reward students for their hard work and keep them on track with their reading! Included in this download are: - Space- themed
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Clip Art, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
This simple but fun resource can be used in so many ways to practice sight words! Shoot them, find them, color them...have fun with your sight words! Included in this resource: • Teacher Guidelines • Color Sight Word Search • Black/ White Sight
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RF.K.1b, RF.K.3c, RF.1.3g, RF.2.4
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Fungus is everywhere! Use this KWL chart and comprehension activity along with the book, "Fungus is Among Us," by Joy Keller to learn all about fungi!This FREE resource includes a fungus themed KWL chart and a fun activity page to accompany the
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Nonfiction Book Study, Activities
FREE
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By Exceptional Thinkers
Looking for fun new planner pages to help you get organized? Use this Calendar Page, Weekly Notes Sheet, To-Do List, Brainstorming Sheet, and Notes Page to manage your tasks. This is a sample of my Teacher Planner and TPT Business Planner. You can
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Business, Back to School
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers, Printables, Classroom Forms
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

As a special educator, I have had the pleasure of working with many types of students of varying ages. In fact, I have worked with pre-k all the way to the college level! My experience has been mostly in self-contained classrooms for children with multiple disabilities. I started out working in an ABA program for children with autism and went on to teach special education in a traditional elementary school. Currently I am a stay at home mother with my two young boys and sometimes teach education courses at a local college and tutor on the side.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My style is hands-on, multi-sensory, student centered...and fun!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I received the honor of "Employee of the Year" twice in a row while serving as head supervisor of a tutoring program. I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in the field of education. I am also a member of Council for Exceptional Children, the premier association for special education professionals.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I hold a BA in Psychology and Education, and a Master's Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Visit my blog at https://teachingexceptionalthinkers.com/ for more fun teaching ideas and tips. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to connect, you can reach me at christy@teachingexceptionalthinkers.com. You can also find Exceptional Thinkers on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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