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“Teachers Pay Teachers” Meets “Target Dollar Bins” for Lesson Ideas!

Don’t you just LOVE the dollar bins at Target? They’re perfect for those secret Santa or secret Shamrock activities at school. They are also perfect for that prize box for your classroom economy or that activity that just requires a little something to make it fun. Now I’ve discovered that there are teachers, SLPs, and crafty moms on Teachers Pay Teachers site who have not only taken advantage of the […]

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Busy Books Are the Perfect Combo of Stories, Manipulatives and Imagination!

When I was working as an SLP doing group language activities for early childhood students with a developmental delay, the only way I could get them to sit still and pay attention for 20-30 minutes was to engage them in a multi-sensory experience. Some of my favorite activities involved actual books or stories I invented. One activity I base on the book, The Napping House, by Audrey Wood. I brought […]

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The Best Resource Room Ever UPDATED!

About 4 years ago I asked one of the teachers I work with if she would share with our viewers how she organized her room with structure and visual supports for her students with resource services. That video to date has had over 56,000 views! Now, Chloe Diedam has a new and much larger classroom space that she has organized like a pro! She has created a peaceful, functional, and […]

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Creatively Teach Students Exactly How to “Question” During the Reading Process

Years ago, I naively thought that asking students questions about what they read was “working” on comprehension. No…… I was assessing comprehension. It’s a good thing that I did not work as a reading teacher!   What I know now is that teaching reading comprehension has several components: Schema, Inferring, Identifying what is important, questioning, visualizing, and synthesizing. We need to get our students using Metacognition, or thinking about their thinking, […]

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Teaching Inference using Fun, Concrete Examples for Reading Comprehension

Once again, reading comprehension is that part of reading that seems to be the last frontier. We all need to make sure that we are presenting all of the components of reading comprehension if we expect students to fully understand what they are reading. Teaching students how to use their schema plus evidence in a story to form an inference can actually be a lot of fun. Take a look […]

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Help Students Learn to “Decide What’s Important” for Reading Comprehension!

It’s a new year and I’m ready with new and exciting ideas! I’ve been targeting Reading Comprehension because it seems to be that piece that causes issues with students once they master decoding. You’ll see two concrete ideas on how to introduce the concept of deciding what’s important while reading. Students need to understand that everything in a story is not important so filtering out the fluff is a must […]

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How to Teach Children to Use Their Schema for Reading Comprehension!

You know how much I LOVE visuals! I especially love it when I can use concrete items to teach a concept. When you have a strong visual like this, you’ve got a winner! I found today’s 3D example in a book by Tanny McGreager called Comprehension Connections. This is just one more great example from her book that I’m excited to share. She uses several very creative, concrete examples and […]

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Teaching Students Synthesis in Reading Using A Surprising Tool!

How can we make reading comprehension more understandable? One way is to start with something concrete and move to the abstract! I learned so many ideas from Tanny McGregor’s book, Comprehension Connections! Her ideas are outstanding for our students who need to see, touch, and hear information before they understand. As you watch today’s video, think about that student with autism, SLD, Down Syndrome, ADD, ADHD or that slow learner […]

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How To Teach Joint Attention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders!

We all know that the lack of joint attention is a huge issue for children on the autism spectrum. If we can’t get a child’s attention, they don’t engage with us. If we can’t get a child’s attention, we can’t show them what we want them to learn. If we can’t get a child’s attention, they will miss out on social interactions, language development, and many other skill developments that […]

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A Simple Strategy for Students Who Have Challenges with Executive Functioning!

I’ve been telling you for several weeks that Sarah Ward was coming to Indiana and I’m here to tell you she is an amazing presenter and her ideas and strategies are outstanding!!! There are a couple of strategies that I’d like to highlight that have changed my thinking on work systems and some of the visuals I use with students! Today, I’m sharing with you a simple strategy that you […]

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