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One Teacher, Three Classrooms

This is a very different classroom tour today!  We are visiting three classrooms…all belong to Life Skills teacher, Allison Travis.  Can you imagine having to decorate THREE classrooms?!?  Allison teaches a special needs program for students with significant cognitive disabilities.  She works on academics, but also independent living skills, daily living activities, and social skills.  Her district has given her three classrooms to develop the ideas she has for this educational program.

The Main Classroom

This is Allison’s main classroom.  She spends the majority of her student’s academic time in this room.  I love how she chose soothing blues and greens to decorate this space.

Take a look…

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The Kitchen/Laundry Room
This room is attached to the previous one.  They learn how to cook, clean, do dishes and laundry, sweep, etc. here.  They start off each morning having breakfast together and talking about the previous day.  It’s family time and Allison’s favorite time of the day.

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The Centers Room
This room is located across the hall.  It is designed into stations where students rotate every 15 minutes when a bell sounds.  They follow their personal schedules and rotate independently.  This room is where Allison can really focus on their Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives.  Each center has a ‘board” that tells them what they do on each day of the week.  There is a hanging box for them to stick their velcro “tickets” on when they arrive at the center and then they place their schedule folder into the the box while they work.

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 I am so impressed with the overall concept of this program!  You can see Allison’s love and dedication to her student’s by the three spaces she created for them.  Each room is an attractive, organized space that is conducive to teaching and learning.

Well done, Allison!


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  1. Laura says

    Love these spaces! And what a calling, Allison! How wonderful to prepare these students for real life!! Such a gift! Thanks for sharing, Melanie!!

  2. Elise says

    Would love to decorate my classroom like this! Did these items come from one particular theme or is it more of a mix and match?

    • Allison says

      Definitely a mix and match! Several items came from Melanie’s store and the rest is a mix of Dollar Tree, Target and Container Store

  3. Allison says

    Thank you so much for the feature! I am so honored to be on your website! I love everything you do. Thank you Laura for your kind words! I am truly blessed to be working with the students that I work with and love the school I teach at!

  4. Talia says

    Allison, what wonderful classrooms! Please email me if you have a chance I am an ESE teacher looking to teach a life skills program and would love to pick your brain!

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