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Day 12: Teacher’s choice

Posted on December 12, 2014 in News

Still stumped? Why not let the teacher choose. Encourage staff members at your local school to sign on to Donor’s Choose to post their inclusion-related needs and wants. Consider seeking funds for assistive technology, sensory supports, seating options, visual supports, e-readers, cooperative learning games, accessible playground equipment or accessible playground equipment or accessible learning materials (e.g., weighted pencils, manipulatives, magnifiers, mini dry erase boards). Not only will your post potentially …

Day 11: Your time

Posted on December 11, 2014 in News

This may be the best and the most appreciated gift of all. Could you serve as a classroom volunteer this month? Or ask your child’s teacher if they need help creating classroom materials that may support all learners? Could you form an inclusion-themed committee for your PTO? Maybe you have even considered running for school board to help your community start a richer conversation about inclusive schooling?

Even if you don’t have a lot of time to share, most schools can use what you have. Teachers may even have one-time projects that require just an hour or two of support. Perhaps they need someone to help …

Day 10: A little conversation

Posted on December 10, 2014 in News

Does the advocate in your life have little time for formal learning experiences like attending workshops, reading new books, and perusing journals for the latest in research? The perfect gift for that person might be an amazing series recently assembled by Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift. It is a steal at only $20.00/year and if you are always looking for new ways to think, solve problems, and teach, you will probably see it as the best …

Day 9: A membership that matters

Posted on December 09, 2014 in News

Help others become active locally, regionally, and nationally. Give them access to a great advocacy organization! Want a suggestion? How about TASH memberships for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.

Day 8: Rubber chickens, flying pigs, etc.

Posted on December 08, 2014 in News

If you have ever seen me present, you know I often use props, toys, and unusual learning materials to emphasize key points, elicit responses from audience members (if you catch the item, you have to give an answer/idea), and add humor to an activity. If you support an inclusive classroom and are looking for some ways to add a little whimsy, try adding items one or two unexpected items to your lessons.

My go-to item is always the rubber chicken. I buy them in bulk and use them not only as response objects but as desktop fidget toys as well. I also try to keep a few flying pigs in stock. I might use these to …

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