19 episodes

Welcome to The Teacher Nook with Ayo Jones of NoodleNook.Net, where we break down strategies, tools, and resources to help self-contained educators teaching students with significant disabilities including Autism. Learn tips and tricks to manage behavior, improve communication, and build vocational skills in less time and with less stress. Work smarter, not harder. Ayo Jones has coached hundreds of teachers, trained thousands of educators, and her blog has reached over a million readers.

The Teacher Nook: Tips, Tricks and Tools for SpEd Teachers in Autism Classrooms The Noodler- Ayo Jones

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Welcome to The Teacher Nook with Ayo Jones of NoodleNook.Net, where we break down strategies, tools, and resources to help self-contained educators teaching students with significant disabilities including Autism. Learn tips and tricks to manage behavior, improve communication, and build vocational skills in less time and with less stress. Work smarter, not harder. Ayo Jones has coached hundreds of teachers, trained thousands of educators, and her blog has reached over a million readers.

    Student Says HELP Too Much!

    Student Says HELP Too Much!

    My Student Says HELP Too Much...
    What can you do as a SpEd Teacher when your student repeats a phrase over and over in the classroom? This podcast answers a teacher question about a student who repeats the phrase "Help" dozens of times a day... even when he doesn't need any help!
     
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    Tips, tricks, resources, and FREE tools for teachers in Special Ed and Autism Units. Listen, read and watch to learn how to be more successful at Noodle Nook. And be sure to subscribe to the  monthly newsletter TODAY!
     

    • 8 min
    Breaking the Chain of Bad Behavior in Self Contained

    Breaking the Chain of Bad Behavior in Self Contained

    Breaking the Chain of Bad Behavior in SpEd- Strategies for changing negative behavior in your Autism or SpEd Classroom. 
    I feel so much empathy for teachers who work in classrooms with students that are aggressive or violent. Lately it seems like most of my classroom questions are from teachers in classrooms who are dealing with significant behaviors. So, what can you do about breaking the chain of bad behaviors and stopping aggression in a self contained SpEd classroom or Autism Unit?
    4 Strategies to Change Behavior
    Lots of times when a teacher is at the point of reaching out to me, they are at the edge. They’ve spent all their patience. They have stressed themselves out. They are battling a sense of failure or defeat. First off, I want you to know I have been there. I have been beaten, abused, bruised, and defeated. I know exactly what that feels like. But, just like all other challenges in the classroom, there are a few things to try that can help. Below are 4 strategies you should think about when it comes to dealing with behaviors in your classroom.
     
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    Tips, tricks, resources, and FREE tools for teachers in Special Ed and Autism Units. Listen, read and watch to learn how to be more successful at Noodle Nook. And be sure to subscribe to the  monthly newsletter TODAY!

    • 9 min
    Ideas for Community Based Instruction Sites

    Ideas for Community Based Instruction Sites

    Community Based Instruction for Students with Disabilities…
    Are you a SpEd Teacher racking your brain trying to think of meaningful places to go in your community as part of extending classroom instruction? Learn more about partnering real life experiences with community learning opportunities for students with significant disabilities.
     
    If you are a special ed teacher, then your brain is always spinning! You’re thinking of your students and how best to prepare them for the future. Community Based Instruction (CBI) plays a large role in getting students ready for transition. I remember my first CBI trip. I was just glad to get all my students to the site safely and not to leave anyone behind! 
     
    When you're first starting out as a SpEd teacher, it's the little things, right? 
     
    After a few trips I realized I wanted to make my CBI more meaningful. Let's face it, a group of six students working from one grocery list and then going as a gaggle to the cashier is not real life. That's when I had to sit down and reassess the purpose of CBI.
     
    3 Phases of Community Based Instruction
    If you are wondering about the larger purpose of your CBI trips, it helps to think of them in three phases:
    Phase 1: Campus Based Trips
    Phase 2: Community Based Instruction
    Phase 3: Vocational Community Training
     
    Categories of Community Based Instruction
    Now that we have reviewed the three phases of Community Based instruction, let's talk about the categories of CBI sites.
     
    Site Category 1: Retail 
    When most teachers plan Community Based instruction trips, they target retail sites. It makes sense! As a consumer, most of our time and money is spent at retail stores. 
    Site Category 2: Restaurants
    Most people make at least one trip to a restaurant every week. Typically, it's to a fast food restaurant to grab a snack or a quick meal. Not quite so commonly, we dine at a sit-down restaurant.
    Site Category 3: Daily Living Sites
    By far, the first two categories make up the bulk of community sites a student needs to master as part of Community Based Instruction.
     
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    • 9 min
    5 Steps to Set Routine and Procedures in SpEd

    5 Steps to Set Routine and Procedures in SpEd

    How to Set Up Classroom Routine in Special Ed- Strategies for Daily Rules and Routines in a self contained classroom for better classroom management.
     
    How to Set Up Classroom Routine in Special Ed
    Any teacher will tell you that establishing rules, routines and procedures in the classroom is a lifesaver! If you take time in the front end to teach your classroom expectations and routines, then you will save yourself from a huge headache later. So, when it comes to teaching Rules, Routines and Procedures in Self-Contained, how do you get it done? That is the question we answer in this episode of The Teacher Nook podcast.
     
    Steps To Set Up Routine and Procedures
    It can sometimes feel like the chaos of a self-contained classroom is impossible to rangle in. There is so much more going on than a general ed classroom like restrooming schedules, personal care needs, behavior modifications, outside therapists coming in and out, as well as a million other unexpected things that are just part of the daily classroom. 
     
    BUT… you have to get some sense of routine going from day one. If you don’t, you’ll be fighting that chaos all year and, unknowingly, feeding future behaviors.
     
    Listen now to find out the 5 steps you should follow to establish routine and procedures in your SpEd class or Autism unit. Then read more at Noodle Nook on which routines you should establish first at http://www.noodlenook.net/set-up-classroom-routine-in-sped
     
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    • 7 min
    What Do You Need to Know?

    What Do You Need to Know?

    Hey Y’all I am so glad to be back with you!!!
     
    I am not lying when I say that the podcasts here at the Teacher Nook are a part of Noodle Nook that I love!
     
    If you were wondering where I have been, I spent the last 2 months in Ghana, an African country on the Ivory Coast with my family. It was amazing. Not only experiencing the culture with my kids and exploring new places and cuisines with my husband… but also having the opportunity to visit schools for the disabled. Getting back to work here in the states reminds me of how lucky we are to live here, how lucky our students are to have the services we provide, and how universal the concerns are of educators who teach students with Autism.
     
    Now that I am back, I really look forward to helping teachers here as they work in self-contained classrooms with students who have low incidence disabilities. I want to make sure you have what you need to be successful as well as provide the best and most beneficial classroom experiences for your students.
     
    In order to do that, I want any teachers out there who are struggling to grab their cell phone and take a second to email me their burning question about how to survive and thrive in self-contained. I am going to put my email in the show notes. What do you struggle with? What tools do you want to become better at using? How can we help?
     
    The next Teacher Nook podcast will be October 2nd and we will be answering your questions… so don’t be shy. Email me today at ajones@noodlenook.net.
     
    Just a reminder, if you haven’t already, subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss our return show that first Wednesday of October.
     
    Before I sign off, I want to wax poetically about the kind of students we work with. Our students can sometimes be a challenge. We work long and hard for small incremental growth. And those breakthroughs may be small, but they are huge in the lives of the kids we help. I know you have tough days; remember those miracle moments… because your students need you and all that you bring to their classroom.
    Please… stay strong and teach on.
    Till next time Mighty Teachers!

    • 4 min
    10 Simple Strategies for Teacher Motivation

    10 Simple Strategies for Teacher Motivation

    10 Simple Strategies for Teacher Motivation
    A motivated teacher is the key to a classroom- check out these 10 easy and totally doable ways to keep teacher motivation high and improve student outcomes. 10 stellar strategies and ideas to keep teacher motivation high and improve student achievement!
    Read more about how supporting a teacher in the classroom and keeping them motivated can be as easy as using one of the strategies on this list. As an instructional coach or campus administrator, how can you implement these strategies to inspire teachers and keep your campus running better?
    Check out the full post on Noodle Nook by visiting http://www.noodlenook.net/teacher-motivation-strategies-and-ideas/
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    • 10 min

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