Archive for the ‘Special Education’ Category

  • 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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  • 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


    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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  • The Importance of Progress Monitoring in Special Education

    on Feb 26, 15 • in Featured, Special Education • with Comments

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    As we attempt to bridge the gaps and get students to meet grade level expectations, many special education teachers feel pressured during benchmarking time. A lot of school districts get it right and use both benchmarking data and progress monitoring data, which is important.  Special education students shouldn’t get assessed using benchmarks alone. Why? I’ll start my explanation by defining benchmark assessments and progress monitoring. What are Benchmark Assessments? Assessments that assess students progress as compared to national norms for the grade level they’re in. Completed 2-3 times per year Used to determine whether a significant

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  • Mission Possible: Accommodating for Science

    on Feb 19, 15 • in Science, Special Education • with Comments

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    Can you actually accommodate for science for a student whose reading level is far below grade level and still make the curriculum accessible? You can and if you want to remain sane in your classroom, you should. Frustrated students who cannot access the curriculum become eventual behavior problems either (a) because they want to save face from embarrassment or (b) they’re just angry that the work is too hard. Don’t worry, though! Accommodating for science isn’t that tricky anymore; websites exist to help all levels of science teachers not only understand differentiation but figure out

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