1. Visualize a pleasant, safe, smooth classroom experience for you and your students. What does it look like? What does it sound like? What are you doing? What are the students doing?
2. Arrange your room to create this safe, pleasant, smooth
3. Look for possible sensory distractions within the room and address these before the first day of school (e.g., place a piece of cardboard over the loud speaker to muffle the sound a little).
4. Make your room a place all students want to be... more stuff in the classroom is not always better.
5. Assume that there are students who will need visual supports in your classroom... "think" crowded airport... signs & labels help with the chaos. Therefore, structure your room accordingly to decrease chaos. Having these clear boundaries can free up valuable time of yours and increase students' independent skills... they can "see" what they are to do - where they are to be - when they are to be there.
6. Create a classroom that is interesting, encouraging, and desired by all your students.
7. Make a "large" basic, classroom schedule. This schedule entails what your class "usually" will be doing at a particular time period. Make the schedule interesting... as if looking at a logo or computer icon for each subject.
8. Make an "all students' schedule". This schedule entails a visual of what "each" student is to be doing (learning) during that time period. This ensures that all students will have an enriched school day every day.
9. Prepare for individual schedules - before the first day of school. More than likely several students will benefit from their own individualized schedule.
10. Model facial expressions (smiling) and tone of voice you want the children to use. Set the tone for a safe, pleasant classroom.