Saturday, August 25, 2012

MzTeachuh: Something for Everyone (Educators, That Is) Tweets...

MzTeachuh: Something for Everyone (Educators, That Is) Tweets...: You may want to join, http://www.dropoutprevention.org/ 1. Non-Figurative Art: Lines, Movement and Feelings Grades 6-8, Arts, ...

Something for Everyone (Educators, That Is) Tweets of the Day 8 25 12


You may want to join, http://www.dropoutprevention.org/

1. Non-Figurative Art: Lines, Movement and Feelings

Grades 6-8, Arts, Drawing 
 

MzTeachuh: Let's Help First Book Get Funds--Vote Today!

MzTeachuh: Let's Help First Book Get Funds--Vote Today!: Help First Book get a share of $5 million social.subaru.com I just voted for First Book. You should too. This year, Subaru will...

Let's Help First Book Get Funds--Vote Today!

social.subaru.com
I just voted for First Book. You should too. This year, Subaru will donate a total of up to $5 million to five charities, and I want First Book to be one of them. Charity selections end August 26. Vote now and vote daily.
 
Check them out on Facebook.
 

MzTeachuh: Neil Armstrong Passes Away--Self-Described Nerdy E...

MzTeachuh: Teachable Moment: Neil Armstrong  "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer," Armstrong said in February 2000, in a rare public appearan...

Teachable Moment: Neil Armstrong



"I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer," Armstrong said in February 2000, in a rare public appearance. 

...one giant leap for mankind.
From this statement, we can ascertain, 

Definition: Nerd
One who has great intelligence, focus, and raw guts. A brilliant adventure hero.

1. US astronaut Neil Armstrong dies, first man on Moon

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19381098

Apollo 11 takes off.

2.  Obituary: Neil Armstrong, moon landings astronaut

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11162858 

3. Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies

http://news.yahoo.com/neil-armstrong-1st-man-moon-dies-193954975.html 

This music seems appropriate, and NASA video.

4.  Elton John - Rocket Man 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GAKOLOnfV4

5. The Eagle Has Landed: The First Moon Landing (1969) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPWSUy75pIo 

Here is a link to Kennedy's famous Space speech; I have observed it many times in CAHSEE Writing prompts. Good to study, plus just so eloquent. It would be very effective to have your class, whether it is math, English, History Science or Art-- listen to this speech, especially in the light of the Curiosity success.

 John F. Kennedy  Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Program

 "Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked." JFK

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkriceuniversity.htm 


Friday, August 24, 2012

Chillaxin' With My Homies


You are never too young for Monopoly, apparently.

I was looking for fun kids' music, and found Emoticons singing the Beatles. That's a first for me. Although, I do believe the last line is "Hey la, hey aloha." Because 'aloha' is both hello and goodbye in the Hawaiian language. Guess the Beatles could also have used 'Shalom.'

Hello Goodbye The Beatles Kids Music Songs Dance Shows Videos Kids TV show kidz 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEfhM3T4aV0 

MzTeachuh: Support Versus Bias for Kids in School Tweets of t...

MzTeachuh: Support Versus Bias for Kids in School Tweets of t...: We can all always learn more. 1. Leadership Lessons: Ten Ideas to Take into 2012 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/leadership-lessons-lori-c...

Support Versus Bias for Kids in School Tweets of the Day 8 24 12

We can all always learn more.

1. Leadership Lessons: Ten Ideas to Take into 2012

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/leadership-lessons-lori-cullen?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=leadershiplessons 

U S education system needs to attend to all the kids.

2. Exiel Sanchez, Bronx Teen, Headed To College But Feels Nervous And Unprepared 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/exiel-sanchez-bronx-teen-_n_1827694.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

This is unbelievable. A self-fulfilling prophecy?

3. Virginia New Achievement Standards Based On Race And Background 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/virginia-new-achievement-based-on-race_n_1826624.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009 

And now for something a little different/

4. An Open Letter to Students Returning to School

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/08/an-open-letter-to-students-returning-to-school/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29 

Let's support first books.

 

  https://www.facebook.com/subaruofamerica/app_345388515542172

Thursday, August 23, 2012

MzTeachuh: Teacher Business, and Don't Neglect Recess! Tweets...

MzTeachuh: Teacher Business, and Don't Neglect Recess! Tweets...: Don't neglect recess! What! Humor? But this is so serious.  1. A Day In The Life Of A Teacher: A Poem Dedicated To Teachers And S...

Teacher Business, and Don't Neglect Recess! Tweets of the Day 8 23 12


Don't neglect recess!

What! Humor? But this is so serious.

 1. A Day In The Life Of A Teacher:

A Poem Dedicated To Teachers And Students For The New School Year

http://edudemic.com/2012/08/new-school-year-poem/ 

More humor? You decide.

2. 7 Habits Of Highly Ineffective Educators

http://edudemic.com/2012/05/7-habits-of-highly-ineffective-educators/ 

Wonder if this is intended for administrators.

3. 5 Don'ts for Teacher Professional Development 

 http://www.teachhub.com/5-donts-teacher-professional-development

Mind the gap.

3. The Common Core’s Digital-Literacy Gap

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/08/22/barnwell_digital.html 

 Not a bad idea--how about that for all schools?

4. Op-ed: Improve early learning with a child-care rating system

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2018971517_guestbettehydexml.html

This is a very good reminder.

5. 10 Tips to Raise Your Kid's Self-Esteem 

http://www.education.com/slideshow/ways-build-healthy-self-esteem-children/focus-behavior-not-child/?cid=80. 

Teachers can learn, too.

6. Teachers learn to integrate technology into curriculum

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/teachers-learn-to-integrate-technology-into-curriculum/2012/08/19/393a8d66-e64c-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_story.html?socialreader_check=0&denied=1 

The arts! We will always need the arts! Ask the ancient Greeks about it.

7. Using Visual Arts to Engage At-Risk Students

Grades 9-12, Arts, Engagement 
Dr, Judy always has something helpful to say.

8. Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teachers-reflect-on-first-year-judy-willis 

 

 

 

Fun Tweets of the Day 8 23 12

Greetings, Earthlings via Twitter
Life is fun and interesting for kids and grown-ups, too.

I follow Rover on Twitter; am waiting for a follow back.

1. Rovers Are From Mars: How Curiosity Is Killing It On Twitter

 http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/08/23/159917783/rovers-are-from-mars-how-curiosity-is-killing-it-on-twitter?utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20120823

Guinea pigs are great listeners.

What wonderful parents.

2. Parents share strategies for inspiring children to love books

http://www.freep.com/article/20120822/FEATURES01/308220006/Parents-share-strategies-for-inspiring-children-to-love-books?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p 

Meeting the daily requirement for art.

 3. Children's Artful Science Experiments

These are a must-do.

http://www.artfulparent.com/childrens-artful-science-experiments.html 

May be time to teach in Portugal.

4.  The Most Beautiful and Imaginative Public Schools in the World

 http://www.flavorwire.com/320057/the-most-beautiful-and-imaginative-public-schools-in-the-world?all=1

Talk about a school going green.

 

MzTeachuh: New Ideas, New Connections, New Goals Tweets of th...

MzTeachuh: New Ideas, New Connections, New Goals Tweets of th...:  New year--new kids, new chance, new colleagues, new tech. Woopee! Nice job, Teach Hub 1. Connect Your Classroom to the Outside World...

New Ideas, New Connections, New Goals Tweets of the Day 8 23 12

 New year--new kids, new chance, new colleagues, new tech. Woopee!

Nice job, Teach Hub

1. Connect Your Classroom to the Outside World 

http://www.teachhub.com/connect-your-classroom-outside-world 

I just love Mind/Shift articles.

2. For Educators, the Importance of Making Meaningful Connections

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/08/for-educators-the-importance-of-making-meaningful-connections/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29 

Here's a great quote:

"Though schools possess tremendous resources in teachers, the challenge can be how to connect teachers with each other, to ward off isolation and leverage the power of the “room” and the collective intelligence."

This is actually the greatest educational question right now.

3. Improving Academic Achievement for Disadvantaged Children

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/improving-academic-achievement-disadvantaged-maurice-elias?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=eliasimprovingachievement 

Is there a question in there?

4. Making the Leap to Socratic Seminars

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/08/22/tln_ely_socratic.html 

Must have catitude.

 I like Number 5: Bring Joy to Your Classroom. I put up a Garfield joke every day--giving the punchline at the end of class. Worked for us.

5. Five Things To Do Now That Will Pay Off All Year Long

 https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2012/08/23/back-to-school-to-do-list/

People, people needing people. Are the luckiest people in the world.

6. The Tech-Driven Classroom Is Here, But Grades Are Mixed

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmarshallcrotty/2012/08/21/the-tech-driven-classroom-is-here-but-grades-are-mixed/ 

Amazing title.

7. Thank Goodness the Writing Scores are Going to Drop

http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com/ 

MzTeachuh: Special Ed. Kids May Mainstream In Your Class Spe...

MzTeachuh: Special Ed. Kids May Mainstream In Your Class Spe...: Stephano in his class in Kosovo. Many schools mainstream kids with learning disabilities or other handicaps. The best advice I give to...

Special Ed. Kids May Mainstream In Your Class Special Education Tweets of the Day 8 22 12


Stephano in his class in Kosovo.

Many schools mainstream kids with learning disabilities or other handicaps. The best advice I give to General Ed teachers is to accept these students as your own, ask questions of the Special Ed. professional, the district psychologist, or even the county Special Ed professionals who are experts on this child.  Don't try to passively (or aggressively)  get out of servicing this child. It only makes matters worse. Get to know the parents immediately, letting them know you are accessible. Give them your email, school phone and relay personally the grading cycle, and progress information cycle you generally use; be open to more frequent input if they request it. Read the IEP, see the student's specific goals and objectives and the timetable. Be involved. Read up on the general terms of the child's handicap. I am of the opinion that all teachers are Special Ed. teachers now. We will step up to the plate as teaching professionals and our teaching will improve for everyone.

My advice on teaching methods. Actually, these are good for all classes, anyway.

  • Use visual prompts. A graphic organizer, notebook, notetaking from the board while teacher writes, specialized vocabulary and concepts on the bulletin board. Let the class clearly see what you are saying and doing. Show them how to read the vocabulary words through syllabicate, decode and context methods. What is important remains in sight for an appropriate amount of time.

  • Use auditory prompts. Rephrase important concepts several ways, include the class and individual students in repeating and rephrasing. This really works. Be sure the class can repeat important vocabulary without mispronouncing. Speak the vocabulary in syllables while pointing to a written form of it. Have the students discuss with each other in groups and one on one, using your proximity to monitor their progress.

  • Use writing. Have the student write what they want to learn, are understanding, have learned. Write, write, write. Have them read each others writing and make comments, not only to correct spelling and writing conventions, but presentation of thought. You will also read what they write and comment. This is so powerful it can't be overstated.

  • Use group and partner interaction. The kinesthetic and/or Attention Deficit learner cannot sit for long periods of time; actually it is very unhealthy for any of us to sit for an hour.  Moving to groups, think-pair-and-share, stand up to repeat information...the possibilities are endless to keep the kids from becoming statuary in your classroom. They may be compliantly sitting and appear to be listening--but  their minds are far from you. Action will engage their concentration. The learning retention spikes with activities. Train the classes to follow your instructions. I know this works, I use it. There are many effective methods, such as Kagan, for K-12.

  • No teasing or bullying. Aside from a class disruption, this behavior is breaking the law. Make it absolutely clear that no one for any reason  gets teased or bullied, and that you, as a contracted professional, would use all resources to condemn and punish such behavior. Then DO THAT! Autistic kids with certain mannerisms, girls and boys with wheelchairs, students with speech difficulties---no one is fair game for teasing or bullying. And that includes race, religion, economic status or ethnicity. Or nose size, hair style, or age of tennis shoes. Everyone has a right to an appropriate classroom and school experience.

Here are some links with general knowledge about frequent disabilities kids have who are mainstreamed into general ed. classes.

 1. Intellectual Disabilities in Your Classroom: 9 Tips for Teachers

 http://nichcy.org/intellectual-disabilities-in-your-classroom?fb_action_ids=4475617807700&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=246965925417366

2. Emotionally Disturbed Students

 http://www.atpe.org/resources/student&parentissues/emodisturb.asp

 2 a The Bipolar Puzzle: Kids and Bipolar Disorder

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/08/22/the-bipolar-puzzle-kids-and-bipolar-disorder/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook 


4. Choosing The Right School For Special Needs

http://www.npr.org/2012/08/21/159541067/choosing-the-right-school-for-special-needs 

5. Most Frequent Disorders for students maintreaming:

 Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders

http://www.ldonline.org/article/6390/ 

Learning Disabilitieshttp://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pediatrics/learning_and_developmental_disorders/learning_disabilities.html 

ADD & ADHD Health Center

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Symptoms of ADHD

http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-symptoms 

7. Autism Speaks


  Children with physical handicaps who need special equipment such as wheelchairs or visual aid equipment should be able to expect courtesy and kindness from General Ed. teachers (and all staff.) Their world always involves inconvenience to a degree we don't know. Rearranging the class to help them is a small inconvenience.

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MzTeachuh: Politics, Test Scores and Beautiful Schools Tweets...

MzTeachuh: Politics, Test Scores and Beautiful Schools Tweets...:   I am not a political person, so to be equitable, here's criticism of both political sides concerning education. Fill-in your own cause...

Politics, Test Scores and Beautiful Schools Tweets of the Day 8 22 12

 I am not a political person, so to be equitable, here's criticism of both political sides concerning education.

Fill-in your own cause.

1. Obama: Romney, Ryan Cuts 'Unfair' To Kids, Would Cripple Schools 

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/22/obama-romney-ryan-cuts-un_n_1822666.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

2. School officials, teachers unions scrutinize Obama's divisive education agenda

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/16/AR2011021602142.html 

 While we're at it, let's bash George Bush...we already did Obama and Romney.

3. No Child Left Behind Worsened Education, 48 Percent Of Americans 'Very Familiar' With The Law Say In Gallup Poll 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/no-child-left-behind-wors_n_1819877.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009 

4. Every reading strategy is worth looking at.

Jigsaws: A Strategy for Understanding Texts

Grades 6-8, ELA, Reading 
5. Will we flip all classes?
Private Technology Will Fix Education Where Tapped Out Governments Cannot

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/08/20/private-technology-will-fix-education-where-tapped-out-governments-cannot/ 

 I want to teach here!

6. The Most Beautiful and Imaginative Public Schools in the World

May be time to teach in France.

http://www.flavorwire.com/320057/the-most-beautiful-and-imaginative-public-schools-in-the-world?all=1 

Giving kids a clue about what college is like.

7. ACT Results Show 60 Percent Of 2012 High School Graduates Are At Risk Of Struggling In College, Career

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/22/act-results-show-60-perce_n_1819557.html?1345639375&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

8.  Student Misconceptions About College Life Can Undermine Success

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/college_bound/2012/08/student_misconceptions_about_college_life_add_to_challenge.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2 

 

 

MzTeachuh: American Rhetoric--Great Resource for Speeches

MzTeachuh: American Rhetoric--Great Resource for Speeches: Okay all you ELA teachers, history and English teachers. How about all you teachers? We are going to take a small piece out of our Common ...

Teachable Moment: "I Have A Dream" Speech Anniversary Today

Okay all you ELA teachers, history and English teachers. How about all you teachers? We are going to take a small piece out of our Common Core, State Standards-mandated lesson plans and let the kids listen to the voices of the greatest speakers give their greatest speeches. I used this frequently whatever class I was teaching from Grad 5 to Grade 12. Hearing inspiration is important. Kids are impacted in a positive way. You don't have to make a big deal out of this. An introduction, 5-7 minutes, the speech maybe 10-12. At the end of a class.

Today, August 28, is the 49th anniversary of Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream Speech.' And you can easily give a little prep for it and have the kids listen.

Puh-leeze? There is nothing like hearing the real voice give the real speech.

This site has hundreds of speeches. It is awesome. And actors giving Lincoln speeches, etc. Some movie segments even.

Here's the link:

Always inspires me.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I Have a Dream


I have a dream hundreds of you in twitterland will have your students listen to this speech and be inspired.

MzTeachuh: St. Francis and the Vinca

MzTeachuh: St. Francis and the Vinca: Garden sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi, born 1181-1286, in Italy Positive way to start the morning.  Prayer of Saint Francis of As...

St. Francis and the Vinca

Garden sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi, born 1181-1286, in Italy

Positive way to start the morning. 

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
This is the prayer set to music for use in all Christian churches, not only Catholic.

 Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace - Sinead O'Connor 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtJeI4Q9nBE 

 This is a piece of music by Francis. 

 Canticle of the Sun
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canticle_of_the_Sun

 

Maybe it was October 4

Who was St. Francis, that Ace Ventura Pet Detective would emulate him?

Francis of Assisi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi 

 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MzTeachuh: Why Do I Have a Special Ed. Kid in My Class? Spec...

MzTeachuh: Why Do I Have a Special Ed. Kid in My Class? Spec...: Teachers collaborating. I've always been surprised at some reactions general education teachers have at mainstreaming. Here in Californi...

Why Do I Have a Special Ed. Kid in My Class? Special Education Tweets of the Day 8 21 12

Teachers collaborating.
I've always been surprised at some reactions general education teachers have at mainstreaming. Here in California, all of us take classes to receive teaching credentials that prepare us for the mutual responsibility of Special Education students in one class; that is why general ed. teachers are necessary at IEP meetings. It is probably because I chose to specialize in Special Education (forgive the redundancy) after teaching general education that the blend of the two doesn't bother me. 

Participating in the IEP process for students will require extra time for a Gen Ed teacher. Of course, I personally find it very rewarding and interesting. I wish I had time to tell you all the excellent success stories just from last school year that involved Gen Ed and SpEd collaborating. So very rewarding. I appreciated my Gen Ed teachers from last year immensely. Yes, it did take up time meeting with parents. But what a reward.

So here are some links and some thinks (thoughts) on mainstreaming hopefully will help. 

1. Collaboration Between General and Special Education Teachers
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/teaching-methods/resource/2941.html 

2. Special Education in Collaborative Classrooms
http://learningdisabilities.about.com/od/publicschoolprograms/p/collaboration.htm 

This is a PDF with some very good points about transparency between professionals.
 
3. Now is a critical time for principals and special educators to work together to serve the needs
of all children.

http://www.naesp.org/resources/1/Principal/2008/N-Dp12.pdf

4. IEP Collaboration Techniques

Always, communication is prime. Don't have to be best buddies, teachers, but you do have to communicate.

MzTeachuh: Here Are Some Good Ideas Tweets of the Day 8 21 12...

MzTeachuh: Here Are Some Good Ideas Tweets of the Day 8 21 12...: Good to listen to effective teachers, look to the future, and consider why things are the way they are. Three cheers for Donalyn. 1. Bo...

Here Are Some Good Ideas Tweets of the Day 8 21 12

Good to listen to effective teachers, look to the future, and consider why things are the way they are.

Three cheers for Donalyn.

1. Books That Build Community

In Rhode Island, Reinventing Summer School to Prevent Kids' Learning Loss

Donalyn Miller

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/book_whisperer/2012/08/books_that_build_community.html 

When is school out? I'm looking forward to summer school.

2. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/july-dec12/summerschool_08-20.html 

Tech it up.

3. 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know 

http://edudemic.com/2012/08/50-education-technology-tools-every-teacher-should-know-about/

No, no. No all nighters.

4. High School Daze: The Perils Of Sacrificing Sleep For Late-Night Studying

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/21/159435167/high-school-daze-the-perils-of-sacrificing-sleep-for-late-night-studying?utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20120821

A smile and comradery will do.

Nicholas Provenzano

5.  Four Simple Tips to Start the Year Strong 

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/new-school-year-tips-nick-provenzano?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=newyeartips

How to compete?

6.  Indiana Public Schools Wage Unusual Ad Campaign To Keep Students From Leaving For Private Schools In Voucher Program 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/indiana-public-schools-wa_0_n_1813143.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009 

Wow, how to teach creativity and innovation; lots of higher level thinking.

7.  Mapping The Future Of Education Technology

If it’s true that 65% of today’s grade school students will work in jobs that don’t exist yet, then we better get ready for some drastically different learning environments.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680348/mapping-the-future-of-education-technology 



Monday, August 20, 2012

MzTeachuh: Does My Child Need Special Ed. Services? Special E...

MzTeachuh: Does My Child Need Special Ed. Services? Special E...: Resource Specialist in General Ed. Class No need to panic! Kids develop on their own schedules. But it is a good idea to notice how your...

Does My Child Need Special Ed. Services? Special Education Tweets of the Day 8 20 12

Resource Specialist in General Ed. Class
No need to panic! Kids develop on their own schedules. But it is a good idea to notice how your child (or a child in your class) is responding to instruction since there could be a learning disability hampering their success.

Here are some general questions to ask:
  • Does the child remember verbal instructions well?
  • Does the child retain information in written or graphic form?
  • Is the child's attention span similar to that of her/his peers?
  • Does the child's handwriting and art fall within the general expectations of the grade level?
  • Can the child spell within grade level expectations?
This is a very general list. If parents and teachers do think there may be a learning disability, the most common are auditory and/or visual. In my experience, the students usually qualify for services in Reading/ELA with a mild visual processing disorder.

In this state, the Special Education teacher would use specialized testing materials to pinpoint the current academic levels for the student. We tested with WIAT II or Woodcock Johnson and sometimes the TOWL, but there are many tests that will be sufficient. The law states that a qualified staff member must do the testing. To discern a processing disorder or other handicap, a district educational psychologist will administer other tests. Then the IEP team will initially meet and a decision will be made if the child qualifies for services.

Here are some links to further inform a parent or teacher of what performance or behavior might indicate a learning disability.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
http://www.ldanatl.org/index.cfm

Visual Processing Disorder (Dyslexia)
  • Reads slowly and painfully
  • Experiences decoding errors, especially with the order of letters
  • Shows wide disparity between listening comprehension and reading comprehension of some text
  • Has trouble with spelling
  • May have difficulty with handwriting
  • Exhibits difficulty recalling known words
  • Has difficulty with written language
  • May experience difficulty with math computations
  • Decoding real words is better than nonsense words
  • Substitutes one small sight word for another: a, I, he, the, there, was 
National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.ncld.org/ld-basics/related-issues/information-processing/auditory-processing-disorders-in-detail

 Auditory Processing Disorders

  • Learning to read
  • Distinguishing difference between similar sounds. Example: Seventy and seventeen
  • Understanding spoken language, following directions and remembering details
  • Seems to hear but not listen
  • Remembering people's names
  • Memorizing telephone numbers
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Recalling stories or songs 
  • Confusing multi-digit numbers, such as 74 and 47
  • Confusing lists and other types of sequences 
  • Remembering the correct order of a series of instructions
These are the two prominent processing disorders, with Reading/ELA being the most common area to qualify for Special Ed. services, at least in my experience.  Attention Deficit and its variations  is another topic altogether, but can aggravate other learning problems.

Check with the child's team--parents, teachers, Special Education staff--see what's up and how this young one can get the assistance to succeed.

MzTeachuh: Idea Factories, Algebra and A to Z tips Tweets of t...

MzTeachuh: Idea Factories, Algebra and A to Z tips Tweets of t...: New starts--gotta love them. New ideas. New kids. 1. Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy: Natural Land Art for Kids  http://www.theimaginati...

Idea Factories, Algebra and A to Z tips Tweets of the Day 8 20 12

New starts--gotta love them. New ideas. New kids.

1. Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy: Natural Land Art for Kids 

http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2012/07/inspired-by-andy-goldsworthy-natural.html 

2. "Be Sure To": A Powerful Reflection Strategy

Grades 6-8, ELA, Reflection 

3. Teacher on cursive: Worth its weight in gold

MzTeachuh: Dreams, School Staff and Tools Tweets of the Day 8...

MzTeachuh: Dreams, School Staff and Tools Tweets of the Day 8...: That's my kind of school bus.   Imagine! 1. Making the Dreams of Young Musical A...

Dreams, School Staff and Tools Tweets of the Day 8 20 12

That's my kind of school bus.

 

Imagine!

1. Making the Dreams of Young Musical Artists a Reality

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a high-tech recording studio on wheels that brings music education to schools across the country.

 http://www.edutopia.org/john-lennon-educational-tour-bus-video

2. Who's Who in Your Child's School

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/25982/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=RRSocialMedia 

3. 12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/01/12-education-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2012/ 

 

4. Giving Efficient Directions: Sometimes Less is More

All Grades, All Subjects, Expectations 
 

 

MzTeachuh: Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You

MzTeachuh: Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You: "Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don't condemn th...

Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You



"Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity." Luke 6:38 The Message

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Give Kids A Chance Tweets of the Day 8/19/12

 Dancing with the stars? Dancing with the students.

1. Choreograph Your Classroom 

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/smooth-transitions-in-classroom 

2. All Grades, All Subjects, Management

Kids Behind Bars: Illinois Rethinks Juvenile Justice

http://www.npr.org/2012/08/18/159131971/illinois-seeks-new-approach-to-juvenile-justice?utm_source=NPR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20120819 

Yes, learn their names immediately!

3. Five Practices for Building Positive Relationships With Students 

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/08/07/tln_clark.html?tkn=QOUFZuCVjmgUSA3UYr6NgT6p82r247YnR9kc&cmp=ENL-TU-NEWS1 

Children fit the classroom or the classroom fits the children?

4. Raising the Ritalin Generation

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/opinion/sunday/raising-the-ritalin-generation.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&hp 

Wow, Aviation High School!

5.. Engineering Success: Students Build Understanding 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDggtxT4JAo 

6.  Five Myths about Arts Integration

 http://classroomchoreography.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/five-myths-about-arts-integration/