• Green title Literacy Instruction Old vs New thinking in Special Ed. Picture of a young lady under the title placing books on a shelf in what looks like a classroom. Lady is facing toward the front smiling. The background is light blue and there is two red splashes. The photo is jagged for effect.
    Literacy

    Literacy Instruction New vs Old Thinking in Special Ed

    Any instruction for our most complex learners in Special Education, let alone literacy instruction, has always presented a challenge. Old ways of thinking about what we taught included not teaching literacy at all, or teaching superficially without an expectation of learning. In 2021 we know better.

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    Classroom and Social

    Four of My Fave Teaching Strategies for Autistic Learners

    Sharing four of my fave teaching strategies today that support Autistic learners. I find these strategies to be critical for successful teaching and learning within Special Education. Read on to find out what they are and why I find them essential. My Four Fave Teaching Strategies Four of my fave teaching strategies are: Wait time; Structure and Routines; Using a…

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    Classroom and Social

    IEP Meetings: Tips for Special Education Teachers

    All special educators must either lead or participate in Individual Education Plan meetings. It can be a daunting task but with some preparation it doesn’t have to be. Read on for some tips to support successful IEP meetings. IEP Meetings – Prior to the Day Preparation is key to the overall success of the meeting. So where do we begin?…

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    TEACHING THE ALPHABET TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY IN 2021

    So you are ready to teach the alphabet to your students? Great. Where will you begin? Experts in the field have informed us that we should not be teaching one letter a week. In that case, how should we teach the alphabet? Keep reading and I’ll offer some insight based on the recent publication from Karen Erikson and David Koppenhaver.…

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    Curriculum

    Marble Print – Art Using Shaving Cream (Foam)

    Are you looking for an easy but oh so engaging art activity? A Marble Print could be just what you are after. This activity is easy, fun and inclusive. Great for a range of ages. Read on to find out what it’s all about. Marble Print -What’s Involved? Marble printing is done with items that can be easily sourced from…

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    Literacy

    BOOM Alphabet Xmas:Trim the Tree Bundle

    Boom Alphabet Xmas is so much fun your students won’t know they are learning. Inside the bundle are three products housed on the WowBoomLearning website. Each deck within the bundle, allows for interactive digital learning and it is printable as well. BOOM Alphabet Xmas Bundle Contains … The three decks inside the bundle contain 25 – 28 cards each. The…

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    AAC BOOM Adapted Book: Focus of Colors and Core

    I have an AAC BOOM Adapted book that provides a great opportunity for learning. Are you looking for an interactive book that your students will love? ‘Uh oh! The Spiders are Coming Home’ will keep them engaged and having fun. They will be asking to play it again and again. Read on to find out more. The Purpose of The…

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    Communication

    Multiple AAC Systems? Here Are 5 Tips To Support You

    The students are here. Yay! Uh oh! They need education using multiple AAC systems. HELP! How do I teach with all of these different devices when I don’t know where the symbols are located? Sound familiar. It can be a challenge can’t it? Where do you begin? I have a 5 tips to get you started. Multiple AAC Systems: Tip…

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    Communication

    AAC: What is it? Who Uses it? Why Should I Teach It?

    AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. It’s a right for everyone who struggles with speech or communicating their ideas effectively. We must take the initiative in Special Education and get teaching AAC as a priority. October is AAC awareness month so I thought I would have a chat about the what, who and why of AAC. Read on to…