Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Unique Learning Linky Party

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
   *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.


  1. Thanks so much for linking up! :) Printing the lessons two to a page was Andrea's idea, not mine, but I agree - it's a great idea! I also love your idea of using non-skid shelf paper. I'm going to have to try that!

    I'm now following your blog :)


  2. Thanks Kara! I am new to this whole blogging thing & I realized my mistake as soon as I posted it, but couldn't figure out how to fix it. Either way, it was a fantastic idea. I hope more people link up to share more ideas!

  3. Awe! Thanks guys :) I LOVE sharing! I always love learning from others too! I also print 3 copies of the reading. For the month we are using it, I use it that month... then the next month I put it in independent work station.

  4. I also print a few extra copies of certain lessons to place in either a center or independent work station, depending on where it fits better.

  5. I found your blog through the ULS Linky Party. I too use ULS in my elementary classroom. I teach student with severe to profound multiple disabilities. I love connecting with other teachers who teach similar classes. I'm now following your blog! :)