Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hidden Curriculum

I struggle mightily with the hidden curriculum. It is both the blessing and the curse of my job that I teach both social and academic skills.  My program is driven by the student IEPs, and each of them encompasses both … Continue reading

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Text-to-Self Connections

The fourth grade class which hosts two of my most autism-tastic students has just, praise be to God, wrapped up its literature study on Sarah, Plain and Tall .  This book is an absolute nightmare to explain to children with … Continue reading

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Rewind Time

I am thinking about Jacky today. He was a fifth grader during my first year at my current site–tiny for his age, he still fit into toddler turtlenecks with fire trucks on them and fleecy knit pants that would be … Continue reading

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Ask an Expert

Finn and I threw down again yesterday. In attempting to find the best possible educational match for him–a boy, again, with a 160 verbal IQ and the handwriting skills of a kindergartener–we bumped him up a grade at the end … Continue reading

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The Story of Bored

I got a new student last week.  Yes, again. Jonathan came with quite a reputation.  He’d been ingloriously expelled from private school kindergarten last May, and had spent the past several months being homeschooled.  My program specialist brought him to … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner

(Sometimes, I write stuff that’s neither a narrative blog post, nor a snarky facebook update, nor a legally binding IEP document.  Sometimes, if it seems to belong on here, I’ll post it.  This is a poem I wrote several years … Continue reading

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