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Virtual Meeting Expectations

Because my idea of “embracing the chaos” does not extend to whole class Zoom meetings 🤪 I keep seeing these pop up on Instagram and decided to create my own Zoom Meeting Expectations. I shared this with my students’ parents to ask them to discuss these with their child before tomorrow’s class meeting. I’m hoping… Continue reading Virtual Meeting Expectations

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The Simplest Sub Notes Ever

#teacherstruggles: Writing sub notes! I’m so over taking the time to type out new plans for each day I’m absent only to return to find that my sub didn’t really understand what I wanted AND IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT. What we do, the relationships we build, the unique needs of our students can’t always be… Continue reading The Simplest Sub Notes Ever

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Flexible Seating Options Don’t Benefit All Students

Flexible seating options are not beneficial for every student. Yes, I went there. The term “flexible seating” has morphed into the idea that teachers must have fun and elaborate equipment like couches, cafe tables and stools. And many terrific teachers have struggled over the fact that those items are expensive, and so they’re convinced they… Continue reading Flexible Seating Options Don’t Benefit All Students

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The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 3 of 5: ARMS

  So often, when my students write, they expect to submit their initial piece as their final copy.  This could be because they find the writing process tedious or boring, or because they truly don’t realize that writing is a process. In my previous post, I explained how I use my Planning Organizer to help… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 3 of 5: ARMS

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The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 1 of 5: Brainstorming

  I find the writing process to be one of the most difficult things to teach.  Everything the student does in writing must come from his own thoughts and ideas. In math, there are a finite number of ways to get to the correct answer (and there’s always a correct answer), and I can guide… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 1 of 5: Brainstorming

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Why?

You’ve heard the adage, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” We want our students to take risks so that they can learn. That means we want them to ask questions, even if they think they’re the only one who doesn’t know the answer. But does the same hold true for wrong answers? Is… Continue reading Why?

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Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo! (It’s A Tigger Thing)

I am thankful.  I realize this is not yet the season for people to be listing their Top Ten Reasons to Be Thankful, but I can’t help it; it’s just who I am. I continually reflect on the things I have, and am reminded that many people are not so fortunate.  It’s so easy to… Continue reading Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo! (It’s A Tigger Thing)

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Back to School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

  “Back to School” may bring joy to countless teachers, but many kids groan at this time of year.  Back to school for children with special needs means the end of long days of free choice activities, and the beginning of long days of struggling and stress, as well as long nights of frustrating homework. … Continue reading Back to School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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Guest Blogger! The Importance of Consistency in the Classroom

I am happy to share this post from my first Guest Blogger Tasha, author of her blog A Tender Teacher for Special Needs, about the importance of consistency in the classroom!  She has some great tips!  Check out her Facebook page, too, where she regularly posts her “Special Tidbits.”   I’ve been in school for… Continue reading Guest Blogger! The Importance of Consistency in the Classroom

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#B2S13

  If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I’ve been a bit preoccupied by a minor thing called #sendingbothofmydaughtersofftocollege and #becominganemptynester, as well as #finishingmygradclasses.  All of this means that I haven’t posted regularly in quite a while. But wait!  I’ve still been rather busy with school stuff! With the start of… Continue reading #B2S13