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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Day 8: Rubber chickens, flying pigs, etc.

Posted on December 08, 2014 in News

If you have ever seen me present, you know I often use props, toys, and unusual learning materials to emphasize key points, elicit responses from audience members (if you catch the item, you have to give an answer/idea), and add humor to an activity. If you support an inclusive classroom and are looking for some ways to add a little whimsy, try adding items one or two unexpected items to your lessons.

My go-to item is always the rubber chicken. I buy them in bulk and use them not only as response objects but as desktop fidget toys as well. I also try to keep a few flying pigs in stock. I might use these to …

Day 7: Stories of our students

Posted on December 07, 2014 in News

I am a huge fan of biographies and autobiographies. I cannot remember the last time I did not have one sitting on my bedside table. I am always interested in books about people with disabilities (e.g., Moving Violations), family stories (e.g., Train Go Sorry), parent perspectives (e.g., A Slant of Sun) and teacher accounts (e.g., Jamie: A Literacy Story). Therefore, when people ask me what to read to prepare to teach a student with an identified need, I often suggest that they read professional literature later and start with a …

Day 6: Powerful posters

Posted on December 06, 2014 in News

Today I am featuring an idea with a great price tag. These fabulous social-justice-oriented posters from Teaching Tolerance are free! Your gift can be to print them off on poster paper and laminate them so they are classroom-ready. My favorite is …

Day 5: AAC for all

Posted on December 05, 2014 in News

How about giving the gift of communication, access, and adaptation? On Day 5, consider gifting an augmentative and alternative communication [AAC] tool that can be used by all.

A single-message communicator can be used by students needing communication support, but it can also be used by all learners in the context of daily lessons. Use it to add sound effects to your skits, to announce a “fact of the day” or to read a repeating line in a favorite storybook. These practices help students with …

Another Helen fan

Posted on December 05, 2014 in News

I got this lovely email from a wonderful mom I got to know recently. It made me smile when I got it and it is still making me smile. If you have ever heard me gush about Helen Keller, you know why!

“I wanted you to know that my daughter is presenting her biography this week on Helen Keller. Thank you for reminding me that she …

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