Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

A Must See Fidget called Squigz!

There is only a few weeks left to the school year and trust me, everyone is hanging in there just trying to get to the finish line!!!  This is the perfect time of year to introduce something new into the sensory box in your room. This something is called Squigz.  FUN name and perfect for this set of sensory fun.  Keep in mind that it is also just the coolest item […]

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Are You Looking for a Delightful, Effective and FREE Timer for Young Children?

For some reason it is reallyhelpful for students to see the passage of time, especially when you want them to do something they don’t particularly want to do.  Many of our students with special needs have difficulty understanding the passage of time.  What is actually only 5 or 10 minutes for us can seem like an eternityto these students!!! Using a visual timer is a simple and effective way to […]

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Easy DATA Collection with a TWIST!

Data collection is a pain, let’s just get that out there.  It’s a necessary evil, but sometimes I find that teachers collect data only because they have to in order to be able to report progress every grading period. What if we would collect data and analyze it along the way?  If we take a look at what is working and what isn’t to adjust instruction, PLUS share the data, we […]

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Do You Need a Cooperative Game Rather Than A Competitive One?

How many times have you attempted to play a game with some of your students and it ended up in hurt feelings, or even aggressive behavior? Unfortunately, competitive games are sometimes very hard for students with special needs. Shoot, I even know students who don’t have special needs and they can be sore losers as well. Imagine my delight when I found out that there are games available that require […]

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The Best Resource for Teaching Sexuality and Personal Relationships to Students with Special Needs!

When you work with students who are at the secondary level in school, you can be sure that you will deal with a whole list of things that are related to the fact that they are maturing and struggling with hormones. Sometimes it’s as simple as teaching students the value of good personal hygiene and sometimes it’s dealing with how to handle a multitude of sexuality issues. Where can school […]

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The Top Ten Influence Factors for Student Achievement

When I first heard of these top ten influence factors for student achievement, I was actually surprised at which ones rated the highest and which ones I would have rated higher. I was also surprised at which ones were rated the lowest especially just how low student mobility was rated. I would have thought that our transient students would be at a higher risk for negative influence on student achievement […]

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A Set of FUN, FUN, FUN Tools to Get Your Child to be a Better EATER!

How often do you see something that you say, I wish I had that when I was a kid, or I wish I had that when my kids were little! I’ve discovered something that apparently has been around for several years, but I’m just now finding out about it! I plan to keep these packed away until I have grandchildren of my own. Creating Memories has always been a “thing” […]

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An App That Can Help Stop Bullying!

As you know, I’m always on the look out for resources for secondary students, so when I was watching the news last week there was a segment that immediately caught my attention! It was a story about a young girl who had been severely bullied during most of her high school years, but she was now going around the country talking to schools and other groups about what saved her. […]

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How to Teach Children to Use Their Schema for Reading Comprehension!

You know how much I LOVE visuals! I especially love it when I can use concrete items to teach a concept. When you have a strong visual like this, you’ve got a winner! I found today’s 3D example in a book by Tanny McGreager called Comprehension Connections. This is just one more great example from her book that I’m excited to share. She uses several very creative, concrete examples and […]

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Three Clever Ideas To Solve Three Challenging Behaviors!

I know you must have tried a variety of things out of necessity or even desperation when you have a student with behaviors you want to go away. Every time I hear about what someone came up with to help make a problem better, I can only imagine that there are hundreds, even thousands of unique, smart, clever ideas that have been used. If only we could all share what […]

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