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Idea # 28: Make some no-fuss fidgets

Make your own desktop fidgets for times when students just need to wiggle, squirm, and keep busy. When you make your own, you can not only customize your materials for individual learners, but you can then offer options to all students in the inclusive classroom and not just those with identified needs.

These are made with balloons (the thicker the better) and beans, but you can use sand, flour, or any other material that might feel interesting to your students. Just use a funnel to add materials and knot tightly.

Students in upper grades can participate in...

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Idea #27: Adapt in an emergency

To communicate the idea that all students may need adaptations at some point in the year, consider placing an on-the-spot adaptations kit in every teacher’s classroom.

Your kit might include any number of helpful materials such as sticky notes, highlighter pens and tape, a few desktop fidgets, pencil grips, letter and word stickers, a single-message communicator, a blank first-then board, and a jump drive filled with helpful graphic organizers.

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