Monthly Archives: March 2013


One of my most important goals as a special education teacher is to build metacognition–to not just increase the amount of stuff my students know, but to develop their understandings of how they come to know stuff.¬† I want my … Continue reading

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Little Victory

First place at the Regional level of the Oratorical Festival, triumphing over the school where the general education teacher refused to let the kids with Asperger’s even join their peers for the school level competition because SHE, not the kids, … Continue reading

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Writers’ Workshop

Fourth grade is all about expository writing. In Mr. K’s class, students work on a range of topics, all designed¬† around the structure of the 5 Paragraph Essay.¬† First, the introductory paragraph, which gets the reader’s attention with a rhetorical … Continue reading

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Babies and Boxes And Bias And Such

At my school right now, the staff is doing deep and powerful work on the subject of unconscious bias–the things that operate on us below the surfaces, shaping our views of ourselves and those around us. Because it isn’t enough … Continue reading

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