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    Children With Autism in the Classroom

    Children With Autism in the Classroom
    At the SCCEC Conference, another session I attended was “Help! I’m an LD Teacher and I have a Student with Autism!” The presenters were Denise Webster (Autism Specialist) and Thomas DePeal (LD resource teacher). They talked about the characteristics of students with autism spectrum disorders and also gave classroom strategies for working with these students. From the presentation: • In 1980, ...
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    The Best Way to Identify Gifted Students

    The Best Way to Identify Gifted Students
    Two weeks ago, the New York State Department of Education announced that it sought a better way of identifying gifted students in its public schools. The move is intended to help find talented students amongst lower income and minority populations, which are underrepresented in current accelerated classrooms. An interesting conversation on the subject is taking place over at The New York ...
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    Summer Learning Through Listening

    Summer Learning Through Listening
    I just read this article on LD Online called Crickets, Books, and Bach: Develop a Summer Listening Program by David Gordon. I know that there are a lot of summer reading programs around but what about the students who have difficulty reading? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t encourage them to read but we can also get them to learn about ...
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    Helping Slower and Lower Performing Learners

    Helping Slower and Lower Performing Learners
    You may have noticed already that your slower and lower performing learners have been labeled as discipline problems. Often, their behavior has nothing to do with motivation, but rather with their low self-image and low present level of proficiency. They may lack self-discipline or have a short concentration span. You might have experienced their negative attitude towards school and teachers. When ...
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    April: National Autism Month

    April: National Autism Month
    It's hard in today's world not to know what autism. Even though the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s, only in the last ten years has autism awareness (and disorders on the autism spectrum) become household knowledge. For teachers of any age and subject, it's almost impossible in an education career to not come in ...
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    Top 10 Things I Want My Students to Know

    Top 10 Things I Want My Students to Know
    In What you need to know when you’re done with high school from Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? by Scott, he was challenged, “to identify the Top Ten Things Every Graduating High School Student Know or Understand.” I thought this would be a great exercise in thinking about what I would want my special education students to know when they ...
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    The Five Stages of Having a Disability

    The Five Stages of Having a Disability
    When I read The doormat, the jerk and the lizard brain from Seth's Blog by Seth Godin, his words jumped out at me. He states, “The best reason to be a jerk at work is that of course no one will listen to you or support you or embrace your ideas--you're a jerk. The best reason to be a doormat at ...
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    The Importance of Social Skill Instruction for Special Education Students

    The Importance of Social Skill Instruction for Special Education Students
    Everyday educators struggle to make schools a safe and positive learning environment with the focus for the most part on academics and/or test scores. There are some children who are not emotionally and socially prepared to meet these academic challenges because of emotional and/or behavioral problems. A lot of these students are in specialized special education classes. The teachers of these ...
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