Posts Tagged ‘Special Education Teacher’

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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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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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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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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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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A Strategy To Keep In Mind With Students Who Have Down Syndrome!

Are you working with a student who has Down Syndrome and you find that he/she has behaviors like refusing to do the work presented or becoming verbally or physically aggressive? I know I have!!! Stubborn is a word that comes to mind. Right? Consider this….sometimes that “stubborn” attitude just might be the result of your student being overwhelmed with the task you are presenting. I’ve had students simply put their […]

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A Proven Wh Question Strategy for Students on the Autism Spectrum!

One of the issues students on the Autism Spectrum have is Communication, right? Receptive and Expressive language is HARD for our students. Wh Questions are part of those communication issues. Sometimes by the time a student gets to the end of the question, he/she has forgotten what it was that needed to be answered!!! Figuring out exactly what someone is asking can be problematic for our students and so it’s […]

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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 Looking for An Awesome Informal Reading Assessment?

What do you do when you have a child who shows up in your classroom right after the school’s formal reading assessment or progress monitoring is completed? Well it wouldn’t be best practice to guess where a student is in his/her reading skills with no information what so ever. Right??? Take a look at today’s video and see a great tool you may want to have in your classroom! I’ve […]

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Do You Know the Most Important Key to Getting Your Nonverbal Child to Talk?

When I work with children who are nonverbal and on the autism spectrum or who have a moderate or severe cognitive disorder…..Guess what the two main things are that parents want…. They want their child to have self help skills and COMMUNICATION SKILLS. That’s right. If you do nothing else for a child like this, these skills are GOLDEN. In today’s video, I discuss where to start with developing those […]

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