Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • How-to Guide for Surviving as a Special Education Teacher

    on Mar 31, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Special Education • with Comments

    I began working as a special education teacher almost 8 years ago. I came into this job wanting to change children and desiring to make a huge impact on young folk’s lives. Previously, I worked as a Caseworker at a local Social Services agency taking applications for public assistance and I hated the job. I hated the job because the applications came pouring in more and more heavily every year and because very few people out there actually got out of the rut they were stuck in, either because lack of skills to get and keep

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  • Creating ‘Published’ Student Writers

    on Mar 30, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    Creating Student Writers

    I love to teach writing. Being able to open up the minds of kids and introduce them to the ability they have to create anything they can dream about and put it down on paper is so rewarding to both the student and the teacher. We write about everything and I have clipboards hanging in the hallway to display students’ writings each week. A few years ago a teacher friend introduced me to ‘Student Treasures’, a publishing company specifically for students’ writing. This is an amazing company, and though there are several publishers out there

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  • Why the “New” Math?

    on Mar 26, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics • with Comments

    Teaching reading(3)

    The public in general, and parents specifically, have been asking why current teachers are using such different methods to teach math. The comment most often heard goes something like this – “Why can’t teachers just teach math the way we learned math?” There are some very good reasons why the teaching of math has to change. When I entered elementary school in the late 1950’s, most well paying jobs were in factories. Part of the job of schools was to teach students to conform, do basic arithmetic, learn to read well enough to follow directions,

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  • Tips for Parents: Change Your Math

    on Mar 24, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Parents • with Comments


    I love math!  In high school, however, I remember we were asked to show ALL work.  There were things I was just doing in my mind that I had never been asked to break down or explain.  This was a difficult task, but it made me push myself to understand the process.  No longer was I memorizing a procedure and going through the motions, now I was applying learning and explaining my thinking.  It sucked! I spent the first 12 years of my teaching career in kindergarten and first grade.  The math skills we covered got

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  • Tips for Parents: Conquering Common Core Math: 8 Tips to Use at Home

    on Mar 24, 15 • in Common Core, Featured, Mathematics, Special Education • with Comments


    I teach students who fall far below grade level in math and parents tell me all the time how impossible Common Core Math concepts are. They don’t even get it, so how can they help their children? But math itself doesn’t change–the way we look at it does. If you want to help your children with math, you might find the answer more simple than you think. 8 Tips for Conquering Common Core Math at Home Ask your child what he or she learned every day and ask for an example. If your child has trouble

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