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Special Education: What’s the Difference Between a Modification and an Accommodation?

There is a unique difference between a modification and an accommodation. This is important for both parents and teachers to fully understand so each child is getting the challenging education he deserves.  Usually a modification means a change in what is being taught to or expected from the student. Making an assignment less rigorous so… Continue reading Special Education: What’s the Difference Between a Modification and an Accommodation?

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Classroom Management Makeover 

   Nothing like starting over in March with a brand new plan! • Keeping track of classroom economy fines is difficult, so I’m hoping that this system will do it for me. The simplicity of this amazes me! • Each week students get an index card. For each infraction, I’ll punch a hole in their… Continue reading Classroom Management Makeover 

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Have You Heard of the Hotel Bell Strategy?

   Have you heard about the Hotel Bell Strategy?     Any time students read or write one of the designated vocabulary words during their independent work, they ring the bell. Three dings, nonchalantly, and then back to their seat. I make eye contact with my students, smile, and then we’re both back to work. Afterwards,… Continue reading Have You Heard of the Hotel Bell Strategy?

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How To Get Your Students to See You As a Reader

   Every year I share the books that are in my book bag, in order to help my students get to know me a little better, and to see me as a reader. Some titles include How the Brain Learns (I’m a teacher, after all), Eats, Shoots & Leaves (I love grammar!), The Unofficial Guide… Continue reading How To Get Your Students to See You As a Reader

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How Little Green Men Solved My Chatty Class Problem 

   Teachers Get It After I pinned this idea last week, it got repinned over 300 times. When teachers rally around an idea, attention needs to be paid to it!  I’ve been struggling with a very chatty class this year, and have tried everything, to no avail. I typically use call and response techniques, explicit… Continue reading How Little Green Men Solved My Chatty Class Problem 

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Have You Tried a Book Pollyanna?

    If not, I highly recommend it! It was truly the highlight of our winter break party! The kids asked when we could start exchanging gifts the minute we walked into school, knowing full well that they would receive a book — a BOOK — in return!! How awesome is that?!? To get kids excited… Continue reading Have You Tried a Book Pollyanna?