Posts Tagged ‘Special Education Teacher’

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 Tool You May Not Realize Just How Amazing It Is!

I don’t know about you, but I work best if I have all the tools I need for my work close at hand. I hate doing something twice. I hate needing to stop any forward motion toward a goal just to fix something, to look for the right equipment, to gather the right materials….whatever. When I’m in the groove, I just want to keep going. Part of my need for […]

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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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A Program for Early Childhood Students: ABA in a Box!

I’ve been talking a lot about that window of opportunity for language development that the literature tells us happens for students on the autism spectrum between the ages of 3 and 5. I’ve also share with you a tool for assessing where students are with their social skills (The Denver Early Start Curriculum Checklist) so today I want to share a resource that can be used with our young students […]

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Check Out this ReMARKable Way to Put a White Board on Any Flat Surface!

Isn’t it amazing how every time you turn around, there is something new and exciting that is being developed, designed, invented. I spent a lot of time in the office this summer and one day the principal in my building asked me if I saw the new Professional Learning Community room. He took me to this former PTO space and showed me this great area for collaborating, planning and learning […]

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Did You Know There IS a Curriculum to Teach Phonemic Awareness?

I’m always looking for foundation pieces that can help teachers with a scope and sequence in a solid curriculum. I feel that when you have a tool like this, teachers feel more confident with filling in the gaps and showing great progress. I recently had a conversation with one of our literacy instructors who mentioned to me that teachers typically send struggling readers to her asking for her help without […]

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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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