Posts Tagged ‘instructional assistant’

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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EASY, EASY Fluency Strategy for Children Who Struggle!

Just so you know, there are some really good fluency programs/kits out there (Wilson has one!), but if you don’t have the luxury of purchasing one, you have options! I have three fluency strategies that I want to share for some DYI ideas.  I am sharing one of them with you today! Keep in mind that this vital foundation piece for reading must be part of your instruction so that […]

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Word Tiles that Help with Capitalization and More!

You know I love a good visual tool!  I discovered another one this summer that is proving to be both and simple and effective.  It’s a tool for those students that just seem to always forget that sentences need punctuation and capitalization!     It’s also going to help your students with the phonological awareness component of word awareness.  Some students just don’t recognize that sentences are made up of individual words, […]

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The Easiest Way to Teach Students How to Count Syllables!

Sometimes strategies come along and you wonder why you didn’t think of that!  The strategy I’m showing you today is one of those!  Actually this video takes 2 minutes from start to finish, which may be a record for Behavior Communicates! Take a look! I told you it was fast and simple!  If you have a better, quicker way to get the same thing done, please share! Enjoy this one! […]

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An Incredible Self-Regulation Tool for Early Childhood Students!

Once I saw the strategies, the visuals, the stories, and of course the dolls that represent a variety of emotions, I was SOLD!!! You may have heard of Conscious Discipline.  The curriculum that I am highlighting today is part of the same concepts developed and taught by Dr. Becky Bailey.  The kit I show you is a delightful program for our youngest students teaching self-regulation to not only the students […]

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Brain Break: Two Strategies to Give Your Students a Break!

If you enjoyed my video on “Palming” as a stress reliever, then you are going to enjoy two more strategies that you can add to your SEL bag of tricks! Take a look! You can learn more about the information that Dr. Lori Desautels has to offer on her site, revelationsineducation.com You will find a wealth of information and resources.   Dr. Desautels is an assistant professor at Butler University and was […]

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Use Tapping to Help Make Decoding Words “Sticky”

We know that when teaching reading, a multi-sensory approach is the best way to help students to get information and make it stick especially for students with a specific learning disability.   One of those multi-sensory strategies is tapping. What is tapping?  It’s a strategy using your fingers to make sure students understand the 1:1 correspondence of the number of phonemes in a word or syllable. Take a look! Stay tuned […]

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A Numbers Rainbow: Multi-Sensory Ideas for Math!

You asked for a video on multi-sensory math ideas, so here it is!  You know as well as I do that so much of math is language. Plus if you can get your students to remember both the language concepts and the visual cues to help make numbers in math more memorable by finding ways to have students see math, hear math and touch math then….. Why not?!!! 🙂 Take a look […]

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