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How To Get Continuing Education Hours for FREE!

Now that teachers are allowed to renew their teaching licenses using continuing education hours, it’s nice when we find a free option. Sometimes it can be challenging to get 90 hours of continuing education hours in 5 years, depending upon how much your school corporation allows you to get released from the classroom. Likewise, if you are a parent or small business owner or even a student looking for more […]

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Have You Seen the Math App That Does Problems for You???

What do you do about that student who doesn’t have any homework support at home? Maybe there are family members who can’t or won’t help with homework especially math. Ether way, our students can struggle and we often feel helpless. Maybe all your student needs is just to see how a problem is solved. There are several situations that this next app can solve so you won’t want to miss […]

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Have You Seen The Rocketbook Wave Notebook?

So a friend of mine said that she had a “new toy” that she just got and thought I should do a video on it. This friend is kind of techie and her description of this new toy peaked my curiosity. After a quick look on Amazon, I decided that I had to have one! Before my order arrived, I shared the info with another friend who immediately bought one […]

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Have You Ever Heard of a Fidgee?

Just because a student with special needs gets older and heads to the Intermediate School, Middle School or High School, doesn’t necessarily mean that he/she no longer needs a sensory outlet. The problem is usually that the sensory options often look babyish. This is why when I saw today’s idea being used in one of our special education classrooms, I had to invite the designer of this wonderful idea to […]

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Have You Seen The Wobble Chair That’s Perfect as a Classroom Seating Option?

If you haven’t heard of the alternative seating trend in the classroom, you need to know about this! Instead of traditional seating of desks and chairs all in a row or four desks in a group facing each other, teachers in schools across the US are experimenting with alternative seating as a way to get students to focus, stay on task, and keep the noise level down in the classroom. […]

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Three Cute DIY Materials for Students in the Special Education Classroom!

I am often amazed at how some people can turn what I would call trash, disposable or unwanted materials into cute, clever, useful and fun activities for students. This is what happened when I recently had one of our assistants show me some of the things she had made for students. She showed me activity after activity and one was just as imaginative as the next!!! Today I’m showing you […]

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Have You Seen This FREE Token Board App?

Have you ever needed a star chart, like, NOW? If you have a smart phone or an iPad, you can have a token board to hand out reinforcements in an instant. It’s kind of like a portable/instant visual support that can always be at your fingertips. Take a look! I know you are busy just like I am as we finish the last days of school before winter break. That’s […]

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Have You Seen These Itty Bitty Libraries?

Children’s literature is one of my favorite things. The richness of the words on the page, the creative illustrations, the joy that reading and being read to for a child is priceless. Children who are exposed to books early tend to be much more ready for school than children who grow up in homes without books. As you know! I’ve made home visits to families where there is not a […]

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Learn How to ‘Block and Box’ To Help Students with Executive Function!

Last week you learned about the Wondertime Clock and some fun and useful ways it can help students manage time. This week, I’ve got another treasure from Sarah Ward’s list of tools for help with executive function. If you have a student who just can’t seem to get that homework home or that lunch box in his book bag, you are going to want to see today’s video. Take a […]

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Need a Valuable Resource to Teach Math to Children with Down Syndrome?

I have found after working many years in the field of disabilities that often one disability may have several things in common with another disability. Take Down Syndrome and Autism for example. Students with both disabilities benefit from physical structure in the classroom, visual schedules, and sensory stimulation. In both disabilities, students have difficulty following directions and can have meltdowns due to poor communication skills. You can apply many strategies […]

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