Annie Baldauf

Think Positive. Be Positive.

Kick off 2018 by revisiting your classroom climate. Have you built a sense of community? Do all of your students feel supported and welcomed? This week’s FREE tool outlines the basic practices that undergird positive classroom environments. Check it out to be sure you’re maintaining the positive community you set out to establish at the beginning of the school year. ...

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The Lesson Plan: A Breakdown

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

Even the most experienced teachers should come to class with well-thought-out written lesson plans or outlines. Written plans keep teachers on track and provide a framework for reflecting on and evaluating how things went after the fact. This week’s FREE tool is a table that breaks down the components of a good lesson plan to guide teachers in crafting effective ...

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How’s Your Co-Teaching?

Most educators are enjoying a much needed break from work this week. If that includes you, take a few minutes to reflect on how the year has gone so far by using this tool to evaluate your use of co-teaching approaches. Did you team teach? How did it go? Did you parallel teach? What would you change about it? The ...

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Well-Written Introductions

If you are an educator who is also pursuing an academic career of your own, then you know that holiday “breaks” are often times spent catching up on research or polishing articles for publication or presentation. To support your academic endeavors, this week’s FREE tool is a table listing the elements of a good article introduction, complete with examples of ...

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Spread the Word!

Have you and the teachers in your school figured out how to make co-teaching work? Have you learned hard lessons? Implemented innovative ideas? Created a collaborative environment that runs like a well-oiled machine? Then it’s time to share your experience! This week’s FREE tool is a list of 20 ideas for sharing your co-teaching successes with the broader community. The ...

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Inclusion: It’s More Than a Buzzword

It’s Inclusive School’s Week, a time to celebrate how far we’ve come in making our classrooms welcoming places where all learners can reach their fullest potential. In the spirit of inclusion, this week’s FREE tool is a table describing the different types of concrete products a student might produce to demonstrate what they’ve learned. What’s the best way for your ...

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Give Me a Break!

We recently featured co-teaching expert Lisa Dieker on our publications blog Off the Shelf to hear her thoughts about co-teaching in the 21st Century. This week, we’re featuring Lisa again with¬† our FREE tool! We’ve got a table packed with “brain break” ideas for co-teachers to use when they see a student or a group of students needing a chance ...

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Write it out

Cooling Down the Classroom

For many school districts, the holidays mark the end of the semester or quarter, and finalizing a grading period often involves end-of-unit tests or even midterm exams. To help your students keep cool during times of high pressure, this week’s FREE tool is a “test prep journal” students can use to record and rethink their nervous thoughts. Do they worry ...

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