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.

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12 Days of Inclusion

Posted on December 01, 2014 in Inclusion

It’s time for my annual “12 Days of Inclusion” countdown! This year, I am going to be featuring 12 gift ideas that are appropriate for educators in the inclusive classroom. This list may give you ideas for spending precious PTO dollars or it may provide inspiration for getting a special something for your child’s teacher this holiday season. I am hoping that I will provide at least one or two ideas that all readers find helpful, but if you don’t see anything that seems to fit for your child, your classroom, or your situation on this list, keep in mind that …

Flashback Friday: Visual rubric

Posted on November 28, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

To create your visual, design your written rubric. Then, translate each step of into a visual. This may not be possible for every rubric you create, but it should work well for writing assignments, some projects, foldables or other graphic organizers, and study tools such as notebook entries. For instance, students in a middle school science class could check the …

How many seating options?

Posted on November 17, 2014 in Inclusion

If you have seen me present this year, you may have heard me ask the question, “How many ways are there to sit down in your classroom?” Well, one teacher in Wisconsin heard this question and responded by sending me a photo of her inclusive classroom.

This gorgeous space belongs to the lucky students of Angela Barrios. She has created an environment that allows all students to

31 Ways to Enjoy an Inclusive Summer

Posted on August 04, 2014 in Inclusion

Last month, I sent one tweet each day to help families generate ideas for summer activities that children with a wide range of needs, interests, and abilities will find accessible and enjoyable. July is over, but summer is not, so I am posting the list here for those you not on Twitter and/or still seeking ideas for these last weeks of August.

  1. Tell stories around the fire. Use AAC device for catch phrase/sound effect/punch line. Let everyone try!
  2. Rain? Try a big family puzzle. Turn taking, talking & eye-contact are not necessary & everyone works at his/her own pace.
  3. Head to a drive-in. No need to use quiet voices & those needing to move around during the film can do so.
  4. Remember headphones during …

    Speaker Spotlight: Jamie Burke

    Posted on April 01, 2014 in Inclusion

    I simply cannot express in words how excited we are to bring Jamie Burke back to Chicago. Jamie has presented in our area before but it has been quite a few years, so this is a great opportunity for those who have been wanting to see him but have not yet had the chance.

    Jamie is a young man on the autism spectrum who spent the first year of his life without any reliable communication. Using his Lightwriter and typing with the support of his parents and facilitators, Jamie worked hard to learn to type independently and, more recently, to …

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