Strategies

Calling All Senses!

Looking for ways to help your students spice up their writing? The five senses can help. This week’s FREE tool is an exercise that asks students to incorporate what they see, hear, feel, taste, and smell into their compositions. What a great way to help students discover the details needed to make their writing interesting! The tool comes from “Recipe ...

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Teacher Toolkit for Writing

Writing is a multifaceted process that requires multifaceted supports. To help you support student writing, this week’s FREE tool is a table full of tips for teaching the writing process. What are your students’ barriers to writing? How can you help to circumvent those barriers? Can technology help? The table addresses these questions and more. It comes from “What Really ...

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The Real World: Knowing What to Teach

Teaching students the skills they need to step out in the real world is an exciting and rewarding job. There’s so much to learn! To keep you from feeling overwhelmed by that abundance, this week’s FREE tool is a process chart for helping you determine the areas where your students need instruction. The chart will help you start with the ...

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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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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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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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Family Engagement? Check!

You know family-centered interventions are recommended for creating supportive and consistent learning environments for children with disabilities. But do you know how to put that into practice? This week’s FREE tool is a checklist to help you engage with families in meaningful ways that are sensitive, respectful, and culturally responsive. The checklist will ask you to both self-reflect and reach ...

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We’ve got Brain on the Brain

After a decade of expanding research on the brain, we know more than ever about how learning occurs. This new knowledge strengthens the case for using differentiated instruction that is rich, stimulating, and focused on the learner. This week’s FREE tool is a table aligning brain research findings with the ways those findings might influence classroom instruction. The table comes ...

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Spread the Word!

For many regions, October brings fall leaves, cooler temperatures, and more pumpkins than a person can know what to do with. And for all of us, October also brings a call to raise awareness about learning disabilities, because October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month! In the spirit of spreading the word about how to support students with learning disabilities at ...

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Good IEPs Don’t Grow on Trees

IEPs are highly individualized documents, so they can’t be created in a vacuum or drafted from dime-a-dozen templates. Good IEPs grow out of collaborative discussions among students, their families, and their teachers. To guide you in this process, this week’s FREE tool is a checklist of activities to be performed before, during, and after the IEP meeting. The action items ...

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