Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.


WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: Beyond the Crayon

Posted on January 25, 2012 in Inclusion, News

To my knowledge, Beyond The Crayon is the only blog (a) dedicated to inclusive education and (b) written by a paraprofessional. This gem is a great training tool for your district educational assistants and for teachers too.

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: Beyond the Crayon

It has so many great links and resources and educators will love the many photos of adaptations and supports. For instance, in the post on inclusive woodworking, you can see several great snapshots of adaptations for a table-building lesson.

Blogger Renee Laporte has 12 years of experience in inclusive schooling and it shows. The student she currently supports has CP but the ideas they provide can really be adapted for learners of many different ages and abilities


  1. From Jeff Jacobson on 27 Jan 2012

    Waht suggestions do you have for grading students who are included in high school academic courses? Our school still ranks students by GPA and some folks are concerned that the transcript will not accurately reflect a student’s experience as coursework is adapted.

  2. From Renee on 27 Jan 2012

    In our school district, if a student is on a modified program (IEP), marks are not officially submitted to a transcript. Instead, the teacher “grades” according to IEP the goals. My student’s teachers have always given him marks proportionate to the modification of the coursework but our province has not yet come up with a way to officially accept those marks with the current curriculum. The marks the teachers provide however are used as markers to measure improvement in skills, ability to complete tasks and effort put in.

    I hope that helps in some way. I know that families of students being included are super appreciative when teachers provide feedback in the form of a mark and comments on report cards, even if that mark does not go on an official transcript.

    As for your students, if they have IEP’s is are their marks put onto official transcripts?