About Teresa

Teresa Cooper is a 30-something wife, mom and teacher from Havelock, North Carolina. She has a Masters of Science in Education for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Creative from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having struggled with anxiety and depression most of her life and later having birthed a child with autism, she is passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance of mental illness and autism and has been writing for Embracing the Spectrum since 2011. She also writes for The Mighty, The Huffington Post, and The Educator’s Room.

On Modifications: Should All Students Climb the Mountain the Same Way?

As a former special education teacher, I remember hearing all of the time about how students needed to all do the same thing in the classroom because, at the end of the year, they would all take the same test. Despite the intellectual ability of the student, many teachers still argue that all students should [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Special Education|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About Brain-Based Learning

The human brain weighs about 3 pounds, and, according to Jensen (2005), is adaptable in nature, has good integration between structures, and is sophisticated. Certainly, something to marvel at, the human brain has the capacity to do things that science has just begun to identify. As teachers, learning more about the brain and how it [...]

By | November 9th, 2016|Child Development, Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments

Differentiated Assessments in the Inclusion Classroom and Beyond

A great way to begin a discussion on differentiated assessments is to answer, “What does the word assessment mean to you?”  This question holds a lot of meaning for a lot of different people. For some teachers, assessment means giving students quizzes and tests. For others, it means much more. In order to determine how [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Formative Assessments, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics|0 Comments