Welcome to a spot to share ideas for working with students in exceptional education in public schools.
Please describe activities you've successfully used with students to improve fine motor and self-help skills.
Creative classroom adaptations for sensory-based and ergonomic needs are sought. Technology applications, low and high tech, are appreciated.
Above all--be positive and professional in sharing your experiences and ideas. Thanks.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Do Write in the Book
It may be hard to see, but the black cut-out shape is supposed to resemble an open book. The student used a 12", serrated-edge ruler to draw writing lines on the book shape, then we took turns writing vocabulary review words. Using the chalk made it even more important to closely monitor the writing, since the wide point of the chalk creates thick lines and it's easy for the letters to get too big to fit within the writing lines.
The student remembered that last week we "stared" at the vocabulary words for 5 seconds, then wrote them from memory. Of course we did it again.
Even though the ruler has a non-slip strip along the bottom, it still does the teeter-totter thing if you only hold it on one end while tracing the line. This student caught on to the idea of moving his finger to the middle of the ruler to keep it level.