This is something I started this year with my class, and it's been great.
Yes, these are photo albums from the Dollar Tree. My students all have one in their desk! Inside I've put pages that are very simple ways to work on their various IEP goals and objectives. The sky's the limit with these!
One of my students has a goal of matching and sorting coins. So his album has pages like this. All staff have to do is say, point to the coin that is the same and he's practicing an IEP objective!
This is such an easy way to get objective practice in. I don't use the albums for official IEP goal progress reporting (but I could) - I use these purely for "practice." During our busy morning work time (while kids are arriving from buses and before breakfast) staff can take a few moments to flip through an album with a student and quickly do some goal work.
This non-verbal student has goals for identifying shapes and colors. Staff can show her the album pages on the left and ask "which one is the circle (or square)?" and she touches the correct shape...On the right, the question is "which star is red (or blue)?"
One of the best parts of the albums is that they require no laminating, no setup in the classroom, and are so easy to switch out if an objective is achieved or a new IEP with new goals is written.
On the first page of each album, I write simple notes (also easily changed out with new objectives) on how to use that particular student's album. Most of it is self-explanatory! So nice if we have a sub in the room, by the way. One of my staff members has been out for a couple weeks because of a surgery...we do not always have the same sub for her. And still, if one student is having a seizure and another is having a behavior meltdown (at the same time - not an uncommon occurrence in my room!), I can say to someone brand new in my room "take so-and-so and work in their album with them," and they're able to step in while my other staff and myself are unavailable/busy in crisis mode! My students know what their "albums" are and then the rest runs itself.
Like I said, the sky's the limit with these albums!
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