Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • How To Teach Students with Intellectual Disabilities

    on Sep 16, 14 • in Special Education • with Comments

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    As a result of I.D.E.A. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), we will continue to see more and more students with all types of disabilities in the regular education classroom, including students with intellectual disabilities (ID). As it turns out, individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) benefit from the same teaching tactics used to teach people with other learning challenges, including learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism. Break it down. Break down learning tasks into small steps. Present each learning task one step at a time. This avoids overwhelming the student. Wait until one step gets mastered, then

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  • Are you a leader or a follower?…On Twitter.

    on Sep 12, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Confessions of a Teacher, Opinion, Policy, Technology • with Comments


    Are you a leader or a follower?  Me?  I’m a follower, and my students and I are very happy about that.  When I say I am a follower, I mean on Twitter.  I love Twitter.  I would not have said this a few years ago, because I thought Twitter was just a constant Facebook status.  Who needs to see a Facebook status updated in real-time?  I never really cared about people telling me they were buying a latte, working out at the gym, checking in to a sporting event, or even taking pictures of themselves

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  • Simple Student Hacks for Elementary Teachers

    on Sep 11, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments


    Education is personal and teachers work with an ever-moving target of standards and expectations.  Throw children into the mix and there is not a one-size-fits-all answer.  Each student comes into the classroom with their own history, experiences, needs and circumstances.  We have students who “fit the mold” of a learner.  These students learn in many situations, transfer knowledge and are successful and learn in most any environment.  We also have students who do not fit this role.  They have a list of needs that are often hidden.  They do not respond to the standard “fixes” teachers

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  • Paper in a Paperless classroom

    on Sep 10, 14 • in Educational Apps, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments


    You may know me as a proponent of 1:1 digital technology in the classroom. But I begin my year with two traditional forms of learning: face to face communication and lots and lots of paper. Earlier in the summer I retweeted this comment found through an #edchat: “I teach critical thinking not apps.” This is true in a sense. It simultaneously gave me both frustration and an “aha” moment.  True, teachers should focus on skills and not the latest gizmo or exciting novelty for their classroom, but let us not make the mistake of thinking that apps are

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  • A Call for National History Day

    on Sep 10, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Social Studies • with Comments


    All teachers search for that moment when what you do in the classroom raises administrators’ eyebrows, students’ hopes, and the goosebumps on our own skin. These pivotal moments in our interconnected lives show us – emotionally – that our job is more than just worksheets and pencil sharpeners; it’s changing lives. One of the most remarkable changes I’ve seen come into place has been through the National History Day program. Since so many people, including social studies teachers, don’t know much about it, this article will hopefully spell out some of what it is and what

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