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Idea #2: See the math

Posted on April 02, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

So many of the students I meet are visual learners and profit from teaching tools that can both “show and tell”. In From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, we share ideas for teaching measurement, estimation, quantity, and distances using visuals. One of these ideas is to use tape to illustrate the length of common measurement like a yard.

Right next to this measurement you can add (using a different color of tape) a length of tape to represent a meter. This can be left on the floor for an entire…

Idea #1: Make a match

Posted on April 01, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

The first few ideas of the month are inspired by From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks.

This book features 100 ideas for differentiating instruction using teaching materials. This text specifically highlights how to…

Autism Awareness Month: 30 Ideas in 30 Days

Posted on April 01, 2013 in Autism, News

For the fourth year in a row, I will be sharing 30 ideas in 30 days during April. I will share ideas from six different books and will feature photos, examples, and teacher-tested tips. I hope you will enjoy the ideas and be able to use them to better support your students and your children.

If you do enjoy the ideas, consider “paying it forward” by passing the links on to others. Something you share could make a big (or small but important) difference in the…

Illinois Includes Speaker Preview: Patrick Schwarz

Posted on March 31, 2013 in Families, Inclusion, News

Another not-to-be-missed speaker at the Illinois Includes Conference is Dr. Patrick Schwarz.

When it comes to Patrick Schwarz, I almost have no words (and that is saying a lot for someone like me who seemingly never stops talking). He is an amazing presenter with equal parts heart, soul, and energy. Let’s just say that if you have never seen Patrick speak you are in for a treat and a half. People describe him as dynamic, energizing, and motivational. I see him as all of these things and so much more.

Patrick has been my boss, my friend, my neighbor, my co-worker, my co-presenter, and even my co-author. In this short clip, you can see him chatting about our book, Pedro’s Whale. You can tell from this video just how student-centered he is (one of the things I love most about him):

Patrick is present two sessions on May 9th. He will discuss…

Illinois Includes Speaker Preview: Bill Henderson

Posted on March 29, 2013 in Families, Inclusion, News

We are so thrilled to have Dr. Bill Henderson coming to the Illinois Includes conference.

To say that Henderson is an inclusive schooling pioneer is an understatement. When he was a teacher in his early twenties, he was told by doctors that he would be blind in a matter of years. He was urged to get out of the field of education. Not only did Henderson ignore that advice, he pursued advanced…

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