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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Posted on April 01, 2015 in Autism

Autism Awareness Month: 30 Vines in 30 Days

Posted on April 01, 2015 in Autism

It’s Autism Awareness Month once again! Every year, I post for 30 days in a row to honor students on the spectrum, their families and their teachers. In the past I have shared teaching supports, book recommendations and curricular adaptation examples. This year, I am trying something new and will post a VINE (6 second) video every day of the month. These posts are based on “You’re Going to Love This Kid” and will …

What is your whale?

Posted on March 25, 2015 in Inclusion

I am so excited to post another great teaching idea from a general education teacher who is soooooo very dedicated to supporting all of the diverse learners in her classroom. This amazing educator gave me permission to share a lesson she designed with her student teacher.

The lesson is based on Pedro’s Whale, a …

Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Richard Villa

Posted on March 24, 2015 in Inclusion

Interested in co-teaching? Collaborating? Inclusive lesson planning? Building classroom communities? Encouraging peer supports? You name it, Dr. Richard Villa has written about it, presented on it or advocated for it. Rich Villa has long been one of my professional heroes, so it is such a pleasure to finally get to bring him to Illinois Includes.

Richard A. Villa has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators throughout North America and the world, to develop and implement organizational and instructional support systems for educating all students within …

Speaker Spotlight: Jacqueline Thousand

Posted on March 17, 2015 in Inclusion, News

I first saw Dr. Jacqueline Thousand present about twenty years ago when I was a new teacher in an inclusive school. I left her workshop so inspired and immediately read everything she had written to that point. Today, reading everything she has written would take quite a bit of time! Jacqueline has authored numerous books, research articles and chapters on issues related to inclusive schooling, organizational change strategies, differentiated instruction and universal design, cooperative group learning, collaborative teaming and teaching, creative problem solving, and …

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