Monthly Archives: September 2012

Brain in the Group

One thing I really appreciate about the specific type of special education that I teach is my program’s recognition that there are skills outside the general academic curriculum which still need to be explicitly taught in order for our students … Continue reading

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A Picture Is Worth I-Can’t-Draw-That-Many Words

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Words of Wisdom

At the beginning of the year, the fifth graders always start us off with a bulletin board in which each student illustrates an adage from a parent or older relative. This year, a handful of third graders made their own, … Continue reading

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Power Struggle

Mondays are usually difficult for Finn. There’s something, for most of us, about going from the weekend to the week that brings up a little resistance.  I feel it, several snooze bars in when the room’s still a little dark, … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn in Second Grade

I got a new student last week, who came to our inclusive setting from a special day class (1 teacher, 1 paraprofessional, about half as many kids.)  Saleem is a charming, enthusiastic boy who has, um, picked up a few … Continue reading

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Same and Different

The first week of school is a time for introductions, for community building, to set out our roles and define plans for the year.  Classroom teachers spend hours, chunks at a time, on routines and procedures–this is how you put … Continue reading

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