I am Mary Marrs…and here is the story of how my classroom was transformed.
What is different about your classroom this year? • Larger room with pre-k furniture • Defined space for play and work • New materials
Before entering our room, you will see a colorful, theme-based invitation to our class.
How did you set up the classroom? • Well defined areas where children knew their boundaries • Safe and comfortable spaces • Consider noise levels for activities • Secure furniture to avoid accidents
What curriculum do you use? • DLM curriculum by SRA with literacy, math, science and social studies components • Language For Learning Program by SRA • DLM requires some modifications to fit the needs of individual students
What benefits have you seen with the various changes to your classroom?
What benefits have been seen by the teachers? • Children are happy • Children are successful • Children interact more • Wonderful new materials • Teacher pride • Enjoyment of students • Teacher collaboration • Teacher growth
What benefits have the families experienced? • Family dinner • Visit the classroom and see activities • Mingle with new friends • See a typical day through a slide show • Experience pride in their child participating • Interacting and connecting with other families
Special thanks to Mary Marrs and the administration of the Pizzo Elementary School
Presentation byDr. Karen BerkmanCenter for Autism and Related Disabilities813-974-2532http://card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu