Late last year my system "strongly suggested" that we use ULS in our self-contained classes. I went to the training, but was unsure how to actually implement the program in my room. I have spent the last 6 months trying to figure out what works best in my room. Things I have discovered about making ULS work in my classroom:
*DATA, DATA, DATA...I keep a data sheet in the front of each hanging folder (each lesson is the
same subject; similar skills, so I am able to keep data on the same sheet over a few months)
*Keep each lesson divided in a hanging file folder in a large tub
*USE THE PRINTING GUIDE!!!
*Not everything needs to be printed
*Non-skid shelf paper hot glued to the back works better, is cheaper and takes up less room than
*Make at least 1 extra copy of the non-fiction reading, science & math to place in a work center
*When scheduling, my teacher assistant & I take turns each week teaching either math or lang. arts
*Science and Social Studies are taught whole group
*Look for supplemental materials on www.boardmakershare.com before I make them myself
After finding the ULS Linky Party, I printed this month's lessons 2 to a page like SPED-Ventures does. I really liked her idea; I was able to create file folders easier, because the pieces fit. I'm not finished with Spring Break yet, so I don't know how it will work in actuality though, time will tell.
I still struggle with ULS at times, because I have a few kids who don't quite fit with ULS. One is too high for most of the lessons, and I have one who is not quite ready for them; so I am still having to make additional materials.
I can't wait to hear how others use ULS.