Archive for the ‘Structure at School’ Category

Wait till You See the Combo of the Bitsboard App and Snap Words!!!

One of the best workshops I’ve ever attended was for creative problem solving. It was a week long training where I learned things I have used over and over again. Among the strategies I learned that week was one where we were taught to use a matrix. On the Y- axis you list a set of options and on the X- axis you put another list of options. That’s kind […]

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Real Life Alternative Seating in a Kindergarten Classroom!

Don’t you just love it when you take a chance to do something outside your comfort zone and it works! Some of the best things in my life have happened when I was the most frightened at the outcome. Starting my own business and this website was one of those scary “outside the box” experiences that once started I’ve never looked back. The teacher in today’s video has stepped outside […]

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A Resource of Graphic Organizers to Teach Language!

There are so many language concepts that our students with disabilities need to know!!! It’s not always easy finding a resource that helps to actually visually teach those concepts in a way that students can understand. Just when I think that probably everyone knows about a resource, I find out that that’s not true. Several times this year I asked an educator if they had seen/heard of this resource and […]

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An All–In-One Visual Notebook for Children with Special Needs!

Where the heck is that visual when you need it?? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Just when you could use the visual schedule….it’s back in the room or you wish you had a visual 2+2 with you at just the right moment, but you don’t. Well I can tell you that if you can relate to anything I just mentioned, you are in for a treat. One of […]

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How to Instantly Let Your Assistants Know What to Do with Behaviors!

One of the biggest challenges we face every year is getting our instructional assistants( IAs) trained in helping teachers in the classroom. It is not unusual if staff is hired for our special education classrooms who have never worked with students who have special needs. They may have a huge heart for children, but they just don’t have a background in what to do when behaviors occur. Often the classroom […]

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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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