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Day 3: Conference registration

Posted on December 03, 2014 in News

So many great conferences, so little money! Are you looking for a great gift to support the inclusion-loving educator or advocate in your life? Consider giving him or her registration to a great inclusion-themed conference. There are many to choose from including the one I help to organize each year—Illinois Includes. We are not accepting registrations yet, but you could create and hand out your own …

Day 2: Sensory seats

Posted on December 02, 2014 in News

I know, I know…..I sound like a broken record when it comes to promoting sensory-safe learning, but every teacher really does need a few seating options (see this post a few weeks ago where I swooned over one teacher’s sensory-fabulous space) in the classroom. Beanbag chairs are great, but some teachers don’t have space for them. Exercise balls are also a nice option, but they can be pricey and are not so portable if the support needs to move with the student.

So, what else can be tried? How about inflatable disc seats? They are …

Day 1: GoNoodle subscription

Posted on December 01, 2014 in News

If you have been one of my workshops in the last few years, you know I am all about movement, brain breaks and active learning. One of my secret weapons for promoting this work? GoNoodle! I talk about it so much that some people ask me if I work for the company! (I don’t.)

There many great apps, programs, and websites out there to promote movement in the classroom so it is hard to choose a favorite, but GoNoodle seems to be …

Flashback Friday: Individualize standards and objectives

Posted on November 21, 2014 in News

Paula Kluth's "You're Going to Love This Kid" DVD cover

One of the most common misunderstandings of inclusive education is that all learners need to have the same learning targets and outcomes. A teacher told me recently, “What will he do in earth science? He can’t even read!”

This statement suggests that we can’t address literacy goals in a science classroom and maybe even that we should not “bother” teaching a child with such significant learning differences about land forms and earth history. The teacher who shared this statement may not understand that we can not only teach skills this child has on his IEP during earth science (e.g., using his augmentative communication device, reading, following directions), but that we can do so in …

Flashback Friday: Bring a chapter to life

Posted on November 14, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction, News

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 teaching literature. Textbook boxes can also be created. That is, objects related to a given chapter can be collected and used to teach the objectives in any unit or lesson.

This 3-D chapter was assembled for a chapter on electricity. Objects were used to help students …

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