Let students use graph paper for math work (e.g., long division problems) so numbers stay in a straight line.

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A book and a rap

Posted on July 27, 2016 in Inclusion

It’s been over five years in the making, but my co-teaching book with Julie Causton is finally ready. It comes out next month but we are OPEN for pre-orders as of…..today! Want to know a little bit about the book? We thought you might so we made you a little rap video to illustrate its finer points.

Enjoy it. Share it. Watch it on date night. Re-watch it. Nominate it …

Resolutions for the inclusive classroom

Posted on January 04, 2016 in Inclusion, News

Happy New Year!

I had a lot of great feedback about this post last year, so I am sharing it again with an updated goal sheet for the new year. I hope it will help you meet your inclusion-related goals as you get back to work this week.

Those that know me well, know that I love goal setting. I love teaching it to students and I love using it as a tool in my consulting. I also love using it in my own life, especially at this time of year. At my annual New Year’s Eve get together, I always ask guests to share a goal or two at dinner. When this tradition started, it was met with a bit of …

Civil rights in the classroom

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Advocacy, Inclusion

Now that the back-to-school rush is over, I finally have a minute to assemble my thoughts on my trip to the National Civil Rights Museum this summer. I had long wanted to visit the museum, but had never managed to make my way to Memphis. Well, in July, I finally planned my trip and, as I imagined it would be, it was simply stunning. The most memorable part of the museum for most visitors is surely the site where Dr. King was assassinated. For many, the tour begins with …

Wordle wisdom

Posted on July 08, 2015 in Inclusion

Starting to plan for fall? Even though it’s summer, I know many of you are hard at work thinking about September, so I thought I would share a little visual I created. I thought it might be helpful as you put schedules together, consider student needs and work to create the most welcoming school culture possible.

What would you …

Another perfect Pedro plan

Posted on June 29, 2015 in Inclusion

This post needs to begin with a big “thank you” to Nicolette Brata-Coolen. Nicolette wrote to me and sent some great artifacts from a lesson she created based on Pedro’s Whale and another title, Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success, by Jennifer Veenendall. Because she took the time to send me her lesson, I now get to share it with you.

Nicolette teaches Early Childhood students at Bandung Independent School in Indonesia, and has made teaching about differences and supporting …

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