Talk to students about collaborative work. Provide reminders about what cooperation looks like (e.g., materials being shared) and sounds like (e.g., “What do you think?”).

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Off the Page #5: Pick a stick, any stick

Posted on February 28, 2018 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion, News

In any effective and student-centered classroom, the voices of learners should be heard often; they should be asking and answering questions, sharing ideas, and expressing their thoughts. Some students, however, struggle to engage in some or all of these behaviors. They may need models for asking appropriate questions or adding relevant comments. Today’s “Off the Page” selection will provide …

Off the Page #4: Using fascinations to teach & challenge

Posted on January 12, 2018 in News

Too often, student interests are seen as a hindrance to learning, when they can actually be very helpful to both students and teachers. In this video, I discuss how to take a student’s passion–be it calendars, vacuum cleaners, superheroes, dolphins, detectives, or Ozzy …

New year, new goals

Posted on January 09, 2018 in Inclusion

Happy New Year!

I had a lot of great feedback about this post in the last few years, so I am sharing it again to kick off 2018. 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 …

Off the Page #3: Schedules and timers and lists….oh my!

Posted on December 11, 2017 in News

What if I told you it was possible to make some (if not most) of your students feel more comfortable by just adopting a few EASY strategies each day, week, and month? What if I told you these strategies would not cost a thing and would also help you–as the teacher–get a bit more organized? What if I told you these strategies could also help students learn new skills? Are you intrigued? If so, tune in to the latest …

Off the Page #2: Goal setting for co-teachers

Posted on November 14, 2017 in News

It’s November and, therefore, it’s time for a new episode of “Off the Page.” In this segment, I am sharing a goal setting tool from 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom. Don’t skip this one if you don’t co-teach, though! This strategy is a smart one and can work well for any …

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