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.

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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 …

Flashback Friday: Text me!

Posted on November 07, 2014 in Autism, News

This idea is from the revised edition of You’re Going to Love This Kid!.

If you have a reluctant writer on your hands, try using daily text messaging as a tool for practicing spelling and composing sentences. Pick a motivating partner (grandma, older student, principal) and set up a system where the two text a note at roughly the same time each day. The “tutor” can ask the student to …

Flashback Friday: Take a breath

Posted on October 31, 2014 in News

Whether you support young children or adults, introducing deep breathing exercises to curb stress and deal with struggles like transitions and schedule changes can be a life saver. Begin by teaching the individual the exercises and then follow up by sharing videos or step-by-step checklists to reinforce the new skill.

You can find a social narrative on using …

Just give him the train, dog, air conditioner, Batman, etc.

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Autism

I thought you would all enjoy this great picture that my friend and colleague, Dr. Jennifer Naddeo, shared with me last Halloween.

One of the teams she supports works with several kids on the spectrum and the staff on this team all dressed up like the fascinations of their students! As Jen put it, “the kids were in awe”!
This makes me want to thank a …

More joy in the classroom: 3 ideas

Posted on October 27, 2014 in News

Lately, I have been working with many teams and teachers who are interested in cultivating classrooms that are more responsive, active, and joyful. I have had teachers write me looking for new strategies, contacting me to share their ideas, and seeking resources to further their study in this area. I have written an …

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