Blog Post #5 in “Self-Contained Sped Class Schedule Blog Series”
Welcome to blog post #5 in my series on sample schedules for self-contained special ed classes. In California we call this Special Day Class – SDC. Self-contained classes can be mild/moderate, moderate/severe, multiple grades and/or disabilities in one class, or just one or two disabilities in a class (i.e. autism class). In this blog post I am going to show a bunch of schedules. If you are interested in getting editable versions of them in MSWord documents, see the link at the end of this post.
Sometimes when I had fewer grades in my class (for example second, third and fourth) I was able to teach some lesson whole group. But other years I found that was better to teach everything in smaller groups. I think part of that was when I had many students in many grades (for example 17 students in grades K-4).
First of all, let me say that no schedule is ever set in stone and no schedule is ever the final draft unless it is the last day of school. LOL! But it is very true. For me at least, every year I usually get 4-6 new students during the year. That almost doubles my class size if I start at 8-9 kids. So, yes, your schedule will change. However, I did start to get smart my fourth year… that year I set up my schedule as if I had more kids than I started with… it was easier to add new kids to an established group rather than changing everything for all students. Sure there were less kids per group in the beginning, but it allowed me to put high maintenance kids in a group by themselves (these are kids that crave/demand attention all the time). Everyone gets more attention if there are two in a group instead of four or more!
Below you will see that schedules #1-4 are pretty basic, which is good if you are not totally comfortable with technology (i.e. making tables and charts). I would print out and post the schedules as shown below on the wall for all to see. But then I would make another copy each week and write in details of what each para was to do in each group. Also, I apologize if the photos are fuzzy. I was trying improve photo quality from previous posts when I took screenshots of the file in MSWord. The results were mixed. So this time I printed the schedules and took photos that were uploaded. But some of them are still not that clear! So I am sorry. I will keep working on this. If you get the editable versions, they will be clear.
Schedules #5-8 are more detailed and thorough, but might be confusing to someone until they go through a day using them! I like the details because I don’t have to handwrite in so much each week, and if I were to be absent due to an emergency, it would be easier for the sub to jump in keep things as consistent as possible for my students.
Here are the sample schedules:
#1: Basic grid for three groups that each go to three stations. Each group is 30 minutes long. Use colors and/or graphics to help you, your paras and students see who is supposed to be where at what time.
#8: This one says it is a “General Schedule for Sub,” however, I didn’t add it to the blog post on substitute schedules since it went so well with all the schedules in this post. The year I used this was the year that my students went to recess and lunch at different times. It was so confusing to remember who was supposed to be where (including adults). So this schedule was to help with that. And as I created it, I realized that it would be helpful to a sub, also. Also, it was good to use this schedule as my lessons plans to upload to the substitute website. Then, when the sub got to my room, I would have everything labeled and laid out on the front table with more details.
If you want editable versions of these schedules, please consider purchasing them from my TpT store. They are on sale at a discounted rate until this blog series is finished. Click here to check it out.
I hope this blog post gets you thinking about your day from a substitute’s perspective, which will help you design a good schedule for you as well! As usual, if you have questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section or on my Instagram page: @lisagoodellequip
Ready to move on? Here are all the blog posts in this series:
Post #1: Creating a Schedule and Dealing with Interruptions (This Post)
Post #2: Schedules for the First Week of School.
Post #3: Master Rotation Schedule, and What Adults do
Post #4: Schedule/Lesson Plans for a Substitute Teacher.
Post #5: Eight More Schedules
Post #6: Questions and Answers about my Schedules (Including activities and curriculum I’ve used)
You might also like:
Five Time-Saving Tips for New Special Ed Teachers
You might also like a series I did on this topic over on my podcast called, “Self-Contained Schedule.” Below are links to the three episodes:
- Part 1: Eight Tips to Create a Daily Schedule
- Part 2: Small Group Rotation Schedules
- Part 3: Schedules and Lesson Planning