Including Samuel, Wretches & Jabberers, Song of Our Children—I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a great inclusion-themed movie! A few years ago, I even made my own film, You’re Going to Love This Kid!, because I feel so strongly in using films to create change. There is just something about the power of pictures, stories, and …
Posted on December 01, 2014 in Inclusion
It’s time for my annual “12 Days of Inclusion” countdown! This year, I am going to be featuring 12 gift ideas that are appropriate for educators in the inclusive classroom. This list may give you ideas for spending precious PTO dollars or it may provide inspiration for getting a special something for your child’s teacher this holiday season. I am hoping that I will provide at least one or two ideas that all readers find helpful, but if you don’t see anything that seems to fit for your child, your classroom, or your situation on this list, keep in mind that …
Posted on November 28, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion
To create your visual, design your written rubric. Then, translate each step of into a visual. This may not be possible for every rubric you create, but it should work well for writing assignments, some projects, foldables or other graphic organizers, and study tools such as notebook entries. For instance, students in a middle school science class could check the …
Posted on November 17, 2014 in Inclusion
If you have seen me present this year, you may have heard me ask the question, “How many ways are there to sit down in your classroom?” Well, one teacher in Wisconsin heard this question and responded by sending me a photo of her inclusive classroom.
This gorgeous space belongs to the lucky students of Angela Barrios. She has created an environment that allows all students to
Posted on August 04, 2014 in Inclusion
Last month, I sent one tweet each day to help families generate ideas for summer activities that children with a wide range of needs, interests, and abilities will find accessible and enjoyable. July is over, but summer is not, so I am posting the list here for those you not on Twitter and/or still seeking ideas for these last weeks of August.
- Tell stories around the fire. Use AAC device for catch phrase/sound effect/punch line. Let everyone try!
- Rain? Try a big family puzzle. Turn taking, talking & eye-contact are not necessary & everyone works at his/her own pace.
- Head to a drive-in. No need to use quiet voices & those needing to move around during the film can do so.
- Remember headphones during …