Teach all students relaxation strategies (e.g., deep breathing, repeating helpful mantras) that they can use when they are stressed.

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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.

Making Mt. Rushmore

Posted on December 08, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction

I just love innovative teaching ideas—especially those that may boost comprehension for diverse learners, allow students to move and provide visual supports for those needing them. This idea is fab because it does all three of those things! It comes from a wonderful elementary school teacher in Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin.

When her students struggled to understand just how big the Mt. Rushmore faces were, she took them outside and positioned them in the …

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 …

Day 7: Stories of our students

Posted on December 07, 2014 in News

I am a huge fan of biographies and autobiographies. I cannot remember the last time I did not have one sitting on my bedside table. I am always interested in books about people with disabilities (e.g., Moving Violations), family stories (e.g., Train Go Sorry), parent perspectives (e.g., A Slant of Sun) and teacher accounts (e.g., Jamie: A Literacy Story). Therefore, when people ask me what to read to prepare to teach a student with an identified need, I often suggest that they read professional literature later and start with a …

Day 6: Powerful posters

Posted on December 06, 2014 in News

Today I am featuring an idea with a great price tag. These fabulous social-justice-oriented posters from Teaching Tolerance are free! Your gift can be to print them off on poster paper and laminate them so they are classroom-ready. My favorite is …

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