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Don’t Miss Out on a Freebie on Executive Function!

If you have been with me awhile, you will know the name, Sarah Ward. She is an SLP who is an author, therapist and international speaker on all things executive function. When a colleague sent out an email telling staff that Sarah Ward had posted something free on Google, I wanted to know what it was!! I had the honor of hosting Sarah Ward in our district a few years […]

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Decodable Books: FREE Online Until School is Out!

Decodable Books. Something that there is NOT enough of!  We have started doing Fundations in our school district that has been FANTASTIC. This Phonics and Word Study Tier 1 Reading has an Orton-Gillingham approach that involves a systematic, cumulative, mulit-sensory approach to teaching reading.   It plays fair with students! Students are doing better in this program during a pandemic on a 4-day a week in-person schedule than they did in […]

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If You Want to See the BEST TOOL I’ve Shared this YEAR, Watch THIS!

How many times have you ever said, “ Now why didn’t I think of that?!”  That’s what I said when I was told about this tool.  This is something you can use no matter what job you have.  This is something that you can use in your home. This is something you can use no matter what subject area you teach. This is something that I’ve shared with my daughter […]

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Use a Writing Bracelet to Help Your Students with Writing and More!

When you work with students who have special needs, you know that they often need all kinds of supports. The more we can scaffold the help they need, the faster they can reach their goals. Of course, what’s good for students with special needs is even better for students who don’t need supports so what I’m about to show you could be very helpful to many, many students! You will […]

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Six Ways to Get Sight Words to “STICK”!

Helping students to learn those difficult sight words can be challenging!  Gone are the days that we have students spell a list of words 10 times for a spelling test!  They only forget all of those words a day after the test! We can create new pathways in the brain by making instruction a multisensory experience.  Some sight words have parts of them what are decodable, and some of them […]

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A Writing Support that is done with the TREE strategy!

Writing….the last frontier!  It doesn’t have to be as hard as our students think it is.  I took a writing class a few years ago and of the many things I learned, it was the idea that writing a book was like making a list and then filling in the blanks that made the biggest impression.  How cool is that to think that if you can make a list about […]

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Get Out of the Vocabulary Rut with a Vocabulary Continuum!

The staff in one of our buildings was asked to do a few bus rides with students from some of our poorer neighborhoods in an effort to make some relationship connections.  I decided to participate in this effort.  On my very first ride, I sat with two young students who were in 1st and 2nd grade.  I noticed that they both had on nail polish, so I decided to engage […]

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What ONE WORD Can Your Students Change to Help Them Change Their Behavior?

Why is it that we all tend to grab on to negative things that are said to us or negative things that we say to ourselves?  It’s hard to understand why negative seems to dominate the positive unless specific action takes place.  So frustrating! Perhaps this is why motivational speakers are in such high demand!  If it was easy and natural, we would do it all the time ourselves! Right? […]

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A Medley of Reinforcers You Won’t Want to Miss!

Don’t you just love when someone gives you a whole slew of ideas that are so fun and practical that you can’t decide which one to try first? I thought it was time to combine some of my favorite reinforcers/visual reminders and share them with you all at once! This is just for you! Take a look! For those of you who are my faithful longtime followers, this is just […]

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The Best Little DATA TRACKER You’ll Ever Find!

No matter what changes in the world of special education, there is one thing that never changes….keeping track of data!!! UGH!  It’s such a chore and not fun, so can you imagine that I’ve discovered something that can make it fun? I must send a shout out to Holly Foltz, one of our teachers who works with our students on the autism spectrum!  I stopped by her school to talk […]

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