Archive for the ‘Special Education’ Category

  • 9 Ways to Keep Calm and Soothe the Angry Parent

    on Apr 9, 15 • in Ask a Teacher, Educator Professionalism, Special Education • with Comments

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    When you decided to become a teacher, you did it to change the lives of children. You never imagined that attached to those children, you might find parents with endless questions, some of which go well beyond the scope of your classroom, or that some parents might get more difficult than planning lessons. Unfortunately, we all come in contact with an angry parent sometimes, and it takes some skill and tactical reasoning to navigate those choppy waters. Dealing with an upset parent can take up some time and can take an emotional toll, but if

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

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

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    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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  • 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

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    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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  • Our Dirty Secret: Teachers Have Feelings

    on Mar 13, 15 • in Special Education • with Comments

    I’m going to say something controversial. If you have children reading over your shoulder or a perhaps even a sensitive grandma looking on, I’m giving you fair warning. The content of this post might just rock someone’s world, because it’s akin to saying Santa Claus doesn’t exist. Did you clear the room yet? Okay. So, now that it’s just you and me here, I’ll make a confession. Teachers do not possess super-human abilities that make them resistant to feelings; that’s right–we’re human! As human beings, teachers experience a whole range of emotions that everyone else in

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  • 20+ Ways to Check for Understanding in a Special Education Classroom

    on Mar 5, 15 • in Instructional Strategies, Special Education • with Comments

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    You’re a special education teacher, so you know that not all students are created equal. In fact, you know that even within a disability category, you cannot count on students behaving in a “typical” way. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “If you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism.” You can plug-in any disability to that quote, really, and find it true. That’s why it’s important to have multiple ways to check for understanding in a special education classroom. Not all children will understand in the same way, so demonstration

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