Teachers are starting to think about back to school time. Even though it’s probably far away for you (and you still have plenty of time to relax, travel, go shopping, visit the beach, or enjoy whatever it is you do), it’s also the perfect time to start thinking about what resources and materials you’d like in your classroom next year. It actually helps me relax MORE when I have a good plan for the incoming school year. So, I wanted to share with you my top three resources from my store – and it was a difficult decision to make!
My TOP THREE Resources for BTS 2016:
1. Social Skills Task Cards – Beginning of the school year is the ideal time to teach and reinforce basic social skills. I love these social skills task cards because they highlight real-life social situations while teaching conversation skills, empathy, friendships, dealing with conflicts, and basic interactions. Kids find these to be a blast because they can “act it out” on several of the cards. These are not only the ideal way to encourage positive social behaviors, but also end up building a positive community of learners, too!
2. Executive Functioning Advanced Workbook – If you are interested in teaching executive functioning skills to kids and young adults, this is IT. The resource is a 120-page workbook packed with activities and practice on all executive functioning skills. Specific skills targeted include: planning, organization, time management, task initiation, working memory, metacognition, self-control, sustained attention, flexibility, and perseverance. See the entire Table of Contents to read through all the individual pages included. This is the ideal resource for middle and high school teachers looking to improve executive functioning skills for their kids.
3. Anger and Frustration Toolkit – When kids struggle with anger, it can be a huge roadblock – both for the child and in your classroom. Help kids learn to manage their anger and emotions with this resource full of worksheets, writing activities, graphic organizers, and printables. Kids will be taught how to understand their anger, identify triggers, notice symptoms, and develop positive coping strategies. Problem-solving plans and reflection sheets are also included to use as templates over and over again within your classroom.
Good luck planning for this back to school season!