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
Students with reading disabilities tend to not read as much as their typically developing peers. That means that they don’t get exposed to the mentor texts that could potentially help them become better writers. This is one reason why I believe that even intermediate students should have opportunities to experience read-alouds. The benefit of… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 2 of 5: Frameworks
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
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?
It’s Back to School time! Woo-hoo! I’m itching to get back into my classroom, and I know many teachers are already working hard with their students. Since the back-to-school routine has been swirling around in my brain lately, I thought it would be timely to post a few tips for special education teachers, to get… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: Back to School Tips for Special Education Teachers
Question: What is better than attending a day-long in-service focused on the benefits of Pinterest for teachers? Answer: PRESENTING a day-long in-service focused on the benefits of Pinterest for teachers! That is precisely what I had a chance to do at my school the other day. It was such a wonderful opportunity to share the… Continue reading Happy Tuesday: Pinterest for Educators!
One hundred seventy-six days down, four days to go. I’m tired. On one hand, I am sad to see this school year go. I had a relatively small ELA class this year, and a very small math class (even though I had three groups to work with). And I’ve been hearing quite a lot… Continue reading Happy Last Tuesday of the School Year!
I just wanted to share a photo of my students at their (they earned it, after all!) 100-Book Challenge Party! It was a HUGE success. The theme was “pajamas, water ice and popcorn.” Since my students come to me from separate homerooms, I thought there would be logistical issues with wearing pajamas (I didn’t want… Continue reading Happy Tuesday: Our 100-Book Challenge Party!
I learn new things from my students all the time. How awesome is that? And the benefits are two-fold: I learn something new (a boost to my knowledge), and my students feel like experts (a boost to their esteem). It’s a win-win! This week’s inspiration comes in the form of a simple, common eraser. At… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: Let Your Eraser Be Your Guide
I mentioned in an earlier post that for the last three years I’ve implemented a “100-Book Challenge” with my students. It has been a huge success for my class. Because of their reading disabilities, my students are not self-motivated to read independently, so I need to persuade them to read. Not only has this carrot… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: 100-Book Challenge!