Posts Tagged ‘instructional assistant’

The FLOSS Pattern! Do You Know This Spelling Rule?

You get spelling rule # 4 today, BUT there are so many more!  This one is easy and fun and who doesn’t like a bonus??  Anything that we can repeat, really seems to make things easier, right? Anna Gillingham calls adding a bonus letter to /f/, /l/, /s/ ( and sometimes /z/) the FLOSS Pattern.  That stands for f..l..or s   “floss”. Some people like to come up with their own […]

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Know the Rules so You Can Teach the Rules!

The only phonics rule that I ever remember learning was the one that went like this. When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.  HA!   That rule only applies 15% of the time!  Now what about the spelling rules I learned.  Zero.  UG!!! I want to make sure that you know the rules so you can teach the rules!!!  I’ve learned so many things since I’ve been […]

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The Best Grammar Resource for Teaching Grammar Using a Multisensory Approach!

During the Orton-Gillingham training that I attended during the summer of 2019, I was introduced to some resources that I could tap into to help students learn grammar.  One Fellow-In-Training, an educator working on the last requirements for becoming an official Fellow in the OG approach to reading, joined our cohort for a couple of days.  She drew a simple T chart on the board and said, this is the […]

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The Best Personal Sensory Kits for Resource Students Ever!

What was the saying, “The only guarantee in life is death and taxes.”  In 2020, we can now add “change” to that statement.  Things we took for granted now have to change.  Maybe temporarily or maybe permanently I don’t know, BUT what I do know is that we can count on things changing. One of those things is how we help students with behavior issues to calm.  Gone are the […]

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What to Do About Face Shields!

For the first time in my life, I’m wearing a face shield!  Not all the time, of course, but there are times when I really have no choice.  I do adult professional development as part of my job, so I need to be able to have people understand what I’m saying.  I am also aware that a face shield alone does not adequately protect you from COVID-19.  A face shield, […]

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“Germs” and Hand Washing: A Visual Demonstration for Students with Special Needs!

Even though I shared this concept in last week’s blog, I realized that there were a lot of my followers who didn’t get to see it.  This week, I’m showing everyone what this demonstration of “germs” and handwashing looks like!  The idea of germs on our hands is an abstract concept that is hard for our students with disabilities to understand.  When they can see what we are talking about […]

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Show Your Students in Early Childhood How Much Fun Brushing and Flossing Can Be!

Students learn best by doing, you know that!  They learn better when you don’t Tell, Tell, Tell, but when you Show, Show, Show!! Finding clever ways to teach students important life skills can sometimes be challenging.  I remember leaning about how to teach the importance of hand washing to students with disabilities.  Soooo amazing!    First you get some oil mixed with glitter.  The students cover their hands in the mixture […]

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A Unique Perspective on Autism That You Do Not Want to Miss!!

We often see the symbol of a ribbon with multicolored pieces of a puzzle as a representation of autism.  I’ve always felt that it was the perfect way to depict autism because both children and adults on the spectrum are truly a puzzle sometimes. Each person unique yet in many ways, just the same.  There is a book that beautifully captures some ways in which we all might better figure […]

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Two Sensory Tools to Calm Your Dysregulated Students

I don’t know why students with behaviors always seem to take over our classrooms, our caseloads and our focus, but they do.  We are often challenged to find solutions to help our students not only make it through the day, but to help our students learn all they need to be successful. The students struggle and so does the staff.  I wanted to share a couple of ideas today to […]

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How to Get Struggling Readers to “Hear” Short Vowel Sounds!!!

About five years ago I worked with a middle school student with Down Syndrome on reading decoding.  She had the worst time trying to sound out simple CVC words when I realized she just couldn’t hear the word she was decoding. I tried something to get my student to help her figure out what she was sounding out, not knowing that it was already “out there” as a strategy in […]

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