Nicole Caldwell

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Nicole Caldwell
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Dr. Nicole Caldwell, The Tutoring Fairy. Helping students with learning differences, autism,  dyslexia, and dyscalculia love learning!
 
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By Nicole Caldwell
This is a quick craft that I started making with my son when he was about three-years-old and now he wants to make it every year (and he's now 13). We just assemble these turkeys and use the bowls for chips or snacks on Thanksgiving. I can't find
Subjects:
Thanksgiving
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.28 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
In this activity, students will name different feelings, listen to the story "Pumpkin Feelings," take turns to create pumpkin faces with different facial expressions, then make their own digital pumpkin face.Full instructions on how to use the
Subjects:
Autumn, Halloween, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
FREE
Digital Download PPTX (2.25 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
I needed a unit on graphing for my students with limited verbal communication, so I made this one. It takes students step-by-step through a process to help them understand the basics of what a bar graph is and how to use them. This unit gives
Subjects:
Graphing
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Unit Plans
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.89 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
This game was designed to go along with the “Pepperoni Pizza” game from YouCubed. I've been playing it with my in-person math tutoring students, and made a version to use virtually. You can find the instructions and some information about the game
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Math Centers, Internet Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.14 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
I made these for my 13-year-old to help him write out each step and keep his work organized, rather than try to do all the steps in his head, which sometimes resulted in errors. Hope it helps you as well!
Subjects:
Geometry
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.12 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
My virtual 1st - 4th grade virtual art class really enjoyed this activity! Students will learn a little about the artist's background, look at sample artwork, listen to a fun story about the artist (book will need to be purchased), watch a video of
Subjects:
Arts, Visual Arts
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.13 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
We had so much fun with this in my after school coding club. It was super easy for me and the kids loved it. The ages of my students were about 4th - 7th grade, but you could probably use it for older students as well.Day 1: Students complete an
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Unit Plans
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.11 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
A simple lesson/artist study where students need minimal art supplies. Students will listen to a story about Yves Klein (you'll need a copy of the book) and then make a picture with one color: blue. Yves Klein posted most of his art with just this
Subjects:
Arts, Visual Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
FREE
Digital Download PPTX (2.53 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
Students "drag and drop" the coins into the correct location. I use this activity during one-on-one online tutoring sessions, but you could also assign it for asynchronous learning.
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Math Centers, Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.14 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
Students drag and drop the race cars into the boxes to fill in the missing numbers 1 - 5. The file that you download has a link to make a copy of this activity to your Google Drive.
Subjects:
Numbers
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.16 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
In this game for virtual learning, students name each letter name or sound before deleting it to reveal if the snowman is hidden behind it.One of my students loved an autumn version of this game that I bought from Teaching Kind Kinders. I looked and
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten
Types:
Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.04 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
In this game for virtual learning, students name each number before deleting it to reveal if the snowman is hidden behind it. I'm working on a version with letters and it will be coming soon!One of my students loved an autumn version of this game
Subjects:
Winter
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten
Types:
Activities
FREE
1
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By Nicole Caldwell
Printable daily planner pages for working on organization skills. I’m using this schedule for my son for his virtual school (using Canvas), as I noticed that he was missing things like announcements, daily check-ins, and due dates for assignments.
Subjects:
Life Skills, For All Subjects
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Printables
FREE
Digital Download PPTX (0.08 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
This one-day art lesson for my 1st/2nd graders was a huge hit! We read most of the book, "Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry" and then students made their own polka dot pumpkins (first on paper, then digitally) based on one of
Subjects:
Arts, Visual Arts
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.15 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
Students practice spelling words by arranging ice cream scoops with letters in order. This activity is a "drag and drop" digital version for Google Slides. A free printable version is here:
Subjects:
Spelling
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Internet Activities
FREE
1
Digital Download PDF (0.15 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
A Zoom lesson for distance learning about making/extending patterns. Students will listen to the story, then design their own virtual stones using patterns. Note: you will want to buy a copy of the book for the lesson.The PDF file contains a link to
Subjects:
Math, Arts
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.16 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
Students match the color word to the trains of the same color in a field of three. The activity includes 3 differentiated levels of the word cards (most to least prompted). The PDF file contains a link to make a copy to your Google Drive. This
Subjects:
Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Internet Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.11 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
A graphic organizer to help students keep their work organized for multi-step equations. My own kiddo tends to not write out all the steps (sometimes accidentally skipping one step in his head) or not line up the steps when writing them out. So,
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Printables
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.07 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
In this activity, students will name different feelings, listen to the story "Pumpkin Feelings" (you'll need a copy of the book), take turns to create pumpkin faces with different facial expressions, then make their own digital pumpkin face. Full
Subjects:
Autumn, Halloween, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
FREE
1
Digital Download PDF (0.12 MB)
By Nicole Caldwell
The attached file contains a link to make a copy of the game to your Google Drive. Students drag and drop the wings to match them to each butterfly.
Subjects:
Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.12 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have worked in classrooms as well as home-based intervention programs for children with Autism from grades Pre-K through 12th. I have a Master's Degree and PhD in Special Education with a focus on Autism.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My training is primarily in Pivotal Response Teaching (PRT), but my teaching is also influenced by Montessori and structured teaching methods for students with Autism, such as TEACCH. I love making activities that are fun and meaningful to students, incorporating their interests whenever possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Project STARS: Systematic Training for Autism Researchers and School Personnel (2009); Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Educational Psychology (2013)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Autism, PhD in Special Education with a focus on Autism.

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