Want to motivate learners and make lessons memorable? Incorporate the occasional costume to drive your message home. Teach as an atom, a pioneer or as Rosie the Riveter.

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.

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Flashback Friday: Exploring helpful habits of mind

Posted on January 17, 2014 in Autism

In this 2008 clip, I discuss “habits of mind” for teachers who are new to inclusive education. It is part of an School-Community Tool Kit assembled by Autism Speaks. Other materials related to that kit including readings, web links, and other video. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see another video on inclusion created by a school leader, Kris Bergstrom. In addition, some of you may find…

Idea #30: Make learning the focus

Posted on April 30, 2013 in Autism

Keep the learning going after today by continuing to visit me here at Paula Kluth.com, checking out my newly updated blog Differentiation Daily, and my Facebook page. I encourage you to…

Idea # 29: Bring a chapter to life

Posted on April 29, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

In our book, From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, we recommend that teachers create story kits to provide students with a concrete connection to a story or novel.

We have used concrete objects to teach everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Romeo & Juliet to Stellaluna. This strategy, however, is not only for…

Idea # 28: Make some no-fuss fidgets

Posted on April 28, 2013 in Autism

Make your own desktop fidgets for times when students just need to wiggle, squirm, and keep busy. When you make your own, you can not only customize your materials for individual learners, but you can then offer options to all students in the inclusive classroom and not just those with identified needs.

These are made with balloons (the thicker the better) and beans, but you can use sand, flour, or any other material that might feel interesting to your students. Just use a funnel to add materials and knot tightly.

Students in upper grades can participate in…

Idea #27: Adapt in an emergency

Posted on April 27, 2013 in Autism

To communicate the idea that all students may need adaptations at some point in the year, consider placing an on-the-spot adaptations kit in every teacher’s classroom.

Your kit might include any number of helpful materials such as sticky notes, highlighter pens and tape, a few desktop fidgets, pencil grips, letter and word stickers, a single-message communicator, a blank first-then board, and a jump drive filled with helpful graphic organizers.

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