If your students choose to read manuals, catalogs or almanacs instead of books or magazines, be sure to include those materials in your literacy curriculum and in your classroom library.

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Do you have a co-teaching vision?

Posted on March 06, 2019 in Collaboration, Inclusion

Have you been using 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom to learn about co-teaching or to teach your staff about co-teaching? If so, you may have used the tools on Day 2 to create vision statements/pictures. This section of the book is designed to give teams an opportunity to envision their ideal environment, classroom “feeling”, teaching practices, and co-teaching relationship.

I have used this tool with several teams, but …

Apple sweater shuffle

Posted on March 17, 2017 in Collaboration, News

Remember the rap video I created with my co-author, Julie Causton, last year? Really…how could you forget?

Now that I have refreshed your memory, take a look at this video sent to me by a group of Chicago Public School Teachers at Brentano Math & Science Academy. I worked with teachers at Brentano during an inclusive education workshop series this year.

This clip of them dancing in their …

Flashback Friday: Co-teach with students

Posted on March 14, 2014 in Collaboration

This “flashback” idea is from the You’re Going to Love This Kid DVD and Professional Development Kit, and is a snapshot of Kendra Larmour, a middle school science teacher, co-teaching with one of her students with disabilities. Kendra regularly collaborates with kids and finds opportunities for impromptu co-teaching moments in her lessons.

Have you tried planned or impromptu …

DAY 11: The One World Schoolhouse

Posted on December 23, 2012 in Collaboration, News

If you are interested in personalized learning or are just have a love for technology, you have to pick up The One World Schoolhouse. This is written by Salman Khan (you know, the guy from Khan Academy) and it is as fascinating as it is fun. You will learn about…

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder’s online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use…

DAY 6: Carly’s Voice

Posted on December 18, 2012 in Collaboration, News

If you have followed Carley’s story at all (on Ellen, Larry King Live and The Doctors), you were probably as excited as I was to finally get her book. I am somewhat obsessed with autobiographies and when it is an autobiography that sheds so much light on…

Book cover for Carly's Voice
Carly’s Voice

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough…

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