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You Need to Know about Lagging Skills and How They Affect Student Behavior!

Have you ever read that one book or gone to that one conference that changed your whole thinking about something? It’s an educational epic moment when you sit and listen to someone speak and you feel as though they are hitting every belief you’ve had on a topic, yet somehow that person brings clarity to the subject to an extent that you wonder why you didn’t see it from the […]

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Can Flexible Seating Really Help Students to Stay on Task?

If you are willing to take a chance, a leap of faith…you might want to try a different approach to keep students on task. Try allowing your students to engage in flexible seating. Is it novelty or is it comfort? Perhaps it’s a little of both. Either way if it helps your students stay focused, does it really matter? Take a look! If you check out Pinterest you can find […]

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How to Put Structure in the Classroom for ESL Pre-Schoolers

Recently I invited you to ask questions if you would like some help or feedback on a situation involving your students, clients or children. For this week’s video, I decided to respond publicly to Dianne W’s question because I thought perhaps it would resonate with several of you. Although I’ve done videos on the things I talk about, I’ve never suggested these strategies for children who speak English as a […]

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Expanding Expression Tool to Enhance Writing for ALL Children!

If you have not heard of the Expanding Expression Tool or EET, you are missing out on one of the easiest writing strategies I’ve ever seen! It works it’s magic with visual/tactile prompts to help organize your student’s thoughts! Once you’ve seen the kit that Sara Smith has designed, you are going to want one for yourself, your business, your child, your child’s classroom, or your school!!!! You know that […]

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A Visual Reading Decoding Strategy That Helps Children with Special Needs!

This week’s video is the third and final video on decoding. So many of our children are visual learners, so what better way of teaching decoding than to take much of the mystery out of attacking words!!! Once again I am using the resource, Recipe for Reading and sharing the last of the syllable patterns and the final three syllable types. Take a look!!! Keep in mind that if your […]

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Reading Decoding Strategies You Don’t Want to Miss!!!

This week is the second in a series of three videos I wanted to share with you on reading decoding!!! If your students can quickly and correctly decode multi-syllable words, then you don’t need to watch this week or next… 🙂 However, if your students cannot decode multi-syllable words, you need to watch! Since decoding/phonics/word attack is one of the foundations of reading …teaching our students the rules of phonics […]

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The Secret To Teaching Multi-Syllable Decoding!!!

First semester of this school year is nearly over and I’m guessing that you may have a student or two who could use some multi-syllable decoding strategies right about now….am I right? Well, all I can say is that you need to watch today’s video and the NEXT two weeks of videos if you want to see a simple way to teach multi-syllable decoding!!! This is SO COOL that all […]

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Three Must Have Schedules in the Classroom!

Do you have assistants who sit around doing everything except what you need them to do? Have you ever momentarily “lost” a child because everyone in the room thought someone else was watching him/her? These are just two situations that have happened to staff I’ve worked with, making teachers terribly frustrated with the situation. There are several other pitfalls that can happen in a special education classroom IF the three […]

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Do You Have This Great School Job For Your Students with Special Needs?

Finding or creating school jobs is an awesome way to help students get some vocational training before they actually go out on a job site. Many teachers have come up with some very creative ways to get this vocational experience to their students. Sometimes the jobs just get old or are boring or you just need a change. Today I’m sharing one fun school job that could be appropriate for […]

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Are You Collecting Data in the Right Way for Your Students with Special Needs?

Data, Data, Data!!! That’s what everyone wants. We test students so much these days that there’s hardly time to TEACH!!! In special education we collect so much data…..who has time to analyze it! If we don’t document, we don’t know where to go next….We need to monitor growth. If we do not document…the courts say it didn’t happen. We need to document to be accountable to the IEP…as we should! […]

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