Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • What’s the Difference: Accommodations vs. Modifications

    on Oct 30, 14 • in Featured, Special Education • with Comments

    alarmclockonbooks

    When it comes to accommodations and modifications, very few educators have a solid grasp on the differences between the two. What’s the difference between accommodations and modifications? Here’s how to tell them apart! Accommodations vs. Modifications An accommodation helps a student with learning gaps experience the same curriculum as his or her peers. For an accommodation, you will give strategies, but you don’t alter the curriculum and the learning outcomes remain the same. A modification helps a student with a more significant learning need experience the same curriculum as his or her peers, but with the

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  • Wait for it… Esther Earle’s Star

    on Oct 24, 14 • in English Language Learners, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Technology • with Comments

    ThisStarWontGoOut

    I saw the book cover on the non fiction shelf at the library and was immediately hooked. This Star Won’t Go Out promised to fulfill the real world answers to questions swirling amongst YA followers of Fault in our Stars. The wonder and hopes that fans carry for the character heroes with terminal cancer will appreciate that Green’s FIOS dedication is Esther Earle, the star more amazing than anyone could imagine. Her story compiled from her own journals, her parents notes and reflections is a story of hope more than struggle. It is a book

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  • Teaching Creative Writing to Younger Kids

    on Oct 23, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    creativewriting

    I love to teach writing to my first and second graders. These kids can spin stories like no others. The challenge lies in their fine motor skills and being able to write down all of the wonderful ideas they come up with. I have three methods that I use which I have found helps out tremendously with this challenge. At the beginning of the year, I use pictures as writing prompts. These are usually snapshots of the kids I have taken each week. I hang them on our ‘Pick a Pic’ bulletin board. Each Thursday

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  • The Working Hours of a Special Education Teacher

    on Oct 23, 14 • in Confessions of a Teacher, From the Front Lines, Special Education • with Comments

    smilingteacher

    Special education teachers work hard. People see smaller class sizes and equate that with less work, but that’s a fallacy. I can tell you that in my small class, I’m planning three different lessons and within those three lessons, I’m modifying within levels. In my inclusion classes, I modify assignments, and teachers look at it like it takes just a few minutes, but sometimes I create modifications and it takes time to do that. So the inclusion teacher might create the lesson plan, but then I must plan for the small percentage children in the room

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  • Why Should We Care About Virtual Education?

    on Oct 22, 14 • in Featured, Technology • with Comments

    Girlatcomputer

    The world of education is changing. Sounds cliché, but it is true. I am seeing that with my own eyes as I have watched my short 7-8 year career evolve from teaching in a traditional classroom with limited technology to now teaching through a virtual classroom. It is this changing world that has me fascinated with what the future of technology could be. Virtual education is something that is growing and changing education for better or worse. From flipped classrooms to fully online schools, this is a burgeoning field of education that needs to be

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