Throughout my school and district, there has been a big push to increase writing skills and scores...Working with students with severe-disabilities (and often kiddos with physical disabilities) writing is something that is REALLY hard for me... I constantly wonder, "How am I supposed to teach writing to a student who can barely hold a pencil/ writing utensil?!" I know we have to be creative as special education teachers and I wanted to move past considering putting picture symbols/ words in order to form a sentence as "writing."
So, I reluctantly started these writing portfolios at the beginning of this year... and have actually seen A LOT of progress with my kiddos (and it's only the 10th week of school)! Each student has a writing portfolio/ binder that has a tab for each day of the week. Everyday students do 1 worksheet under the corresponding tab and then complete a hands on activity.
The tracing worksheets include: tracing letters, names, numbers, shapes and pictures.
Hands on activities include: stamping letters/their names, touching texturized letters, texturizing the first letter of their name, building the first letter of their name with wood pieces
The portfolios have been fun to show parents during IEP meetings and conferences and are great progress monitoring tools! Do you have any ideas about using writing portfolios in self-contained classrooms?
UPDATE!!! You can download the tracing worksheets for free from my TpT store here!