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Notes from a Meeting

One of the most important parts of the special education process is the annual review, or IEP meeting. I do a lot of them–at least one per student on my caseload, sometimes more.  And at times, I attend meetings for … Continue reading

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Nightjohn

We’re dealing with some pretty meaty topics in Yosef and Juan Carlos’ class. Every year, the fifth grade teachers at Greene Elementary dig deep into the legacy of slavery in the United States.  In addition to the non-fiction social studies … 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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Day in the Life

It’s a typical Tuesday, and I do typical things. 8:10 AM: Time to check the inbox.  I need to: schedule an observation for a fifth grader’s hearing specialist, request Ja’Neesha’s paperwork from the school district down the road, organize GATE … Continue reading

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