Structured Learning Classrooms in Special Education

Children with special needs often benefit from the predictability of consistent routines and structure. Structured learning classrooms in special education provide the necessary support in the classroom and throughout the school day to promote student engagement in learning activities, behavior management, communication, and social skills. These Watson Institute structured learning classroom resources provide suggestions, guidelines, materials, data sheets, daily schedule templates, checklists, classroom layout,samples, and more for setting up a structured special education classroom.

Team meetings help staff to work more effectively as a cohesive team. Having a format to follow can promote a productive outcome for team members, especially enabling positive outcomes for their students. 
IEP At a Glance
Developing a one page IEP is a good starting point to aide in creating the physical environment.
Quality Guidelines Checklist
As teachers begin their new classroom, they can continually assess the components and practices with the Yearly Outcome Form.
Material Chart
The Material Chart can provide teachers with a general list of materials to purchase when planning a classroom.
Classroom Layout
When planning a classroom, a visual of the environment can be helpful.
Schedule Powerpoint
Once the environment has been designed, teachers need to create schedules for students and for the adults running the classroom.
Centers Powerpoint
Pictures and descriptions of possible centers found in classrooms can be seen in the Centers Powerpoint.
Independent Work Stations
Many classrooms for students on the Autism Spectrum incorporate the use of independent work stations.
Data Sheets
Data collection is an integral part of measuring the accomplishment of goals