Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • My mise-en-place: Inspiration for the Classroom

    on Aug 21, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments

    Courtesy of rangermikedesigns.wordpress.com

    Is it just me or is prominent American media focused on the faults of our country’s education weeks before the new school year begins? While I am revved up to meet my new students, organize my classroom, put some of my summer ideas and practices to good use, the news has been reporting on countries with higher scores or schools without budgets or the lowest student scores. Where is the prime time story on the changes in campus design or summer school students who succeeded? I can’t find them but I did find a gem of

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  • Have You Heard of People First Language?

    on Aug 20, 14 • in Featured, Management, Special Education • with Comments

    wigglystudent

    What is People First Language? People First Language refers to the language our society uses to refer to people with disabilities. People First Language places emphasis where it should be, on the person and not the disability. People with disabilities, moreover our students with disabilities, are- first and foremost- people, who have individual abilities, likes, dislikes and needs. Their contributions, no matter how small or great, enrich our schools and classrooms. As a result, we must always be mindful to respect them as individuals and not think of them as their disability and model that

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  • The Importance of Reading Out Loud

    on Aug 19, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    Young Student Ready To Study

    Read out loud. It’s my mantra. I don’t care how old my elementary students are, I feel they all can benefit from reading out loud to their grown ups. And in this hurried world we live in, the grown ups benefit too. Younger readers need to read out loud to practice reading strategies, to work on pronunciation and increase comprehension. If younger students read on their own and stumble across words, they are losing valuable comprehension skills. Younger readers need to be reading under the watchful eye of a grown up in order for the

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  • 6 Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities Who Plan to Attend College

    on Aug 15, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Parents, Policy, Special Education • with Comments

    Girlatcomputer

    It’s that time of year again! Students everywhere, including students with Learning Disabilities, are gearing up to start another year of school. For many of these students, this will be their last year as high school students. It’s a year full of many emotions and uncertainty about their future. Homecoming, Homecoming Week, Prom, Senior Night, visualizing graduation ceremony, worrying about passing all their classes… and the list goes on and on of all the many activities and thoughts seniors have their last year in high school. There is simply so much to do and be

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  • Utilizing Journals Across Subjects

    on Aug 15, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments

    creativewriting

    One of the skills I see kids lacking consistently is the ability to find information on their own. Resourcefulness used to come almost innately, but nowadays it’s missing in action. One of the ways I try to teach this skill is with journals. We use journals for just about everything in my class. Most of the journals are interactive, but some journals just contain information that needs to be learned over the course of time. Here are a few of the ways I utilize journals across subjects: My kids always journal after reading. Whether they are

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