Saturday, September 28, 2013
1. Teacher Withitness
2. Withitness...what does it mean?
3. Withitness in the Classroom
5. The Kounin Model of Discipline
6. Teacher Engagement and "Withitness" in the 21st Century Classroom
Great video--relieve some stress!
“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (314)By Emily Dickinson
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
MzTeachuh: Do I Have to Go to the IEP meeting? I'm Not Specia...: That confusing enough for you? Am I required to attend IEP meetings if I am not a Special Education teacher? I've been asked...
|That confusing enough for you?|
I've been asked that more than once as the Special Education teacher, and especially as a Resource Specialist, also known as Special Academic Instructor. The answer in our state is that at least one general education teacher who has the student on his/her caseload needs attend any IEP (Individualized Education Program) whether it be qualifying (evaluating to see if the student will enter Special Education), annual (the once a year assessment), triennial (every third year the educational psychologist also assesses), or an addendum which is called for a unique reason at any time. However, the better school sites have the entire teaching team there. The teachers at my middle school were very dedicated (and wanted to keep their positions) and supported the Special Ed. kids very effectively with attendance.
What should I bring to the IEP as the General Education teacher?
1. Bring a calm and caring attitude. Parents are always concerned about their kid. Even if you as the classroom instructor have concerns, even serious ones, about the child performance or behavior, a general education teacher must show a caring attitude and a calm demeanor. Even if you must fly out of the meeting at the speed of heat to finish your day's responsibilities--you are so very important to that parent and child that every bit of body language as well as spoken words means the world, and focusing on the positive will get things done better.
2. Bring your expertise and evidence of it. All teachers have grade books (on-line or otherwise), lesson plans, records of phone calls and communication to the parent, and copies of referrals and time-outs. Just be ready with this information and how to explain the ebb and flow of your classroom. Please have some positive comments to show you know little Johnny and how well he demonstrates a skill, reveals a talent or interest, or did something right in class. If little Janie is lacking, the parent should already have communicated with you because you called, or sent information home. The Special Education teacher should already know, too, if this is a big deal (actually, even a little deal.) The team of teachers plus family can really make it happen for a kid, and communication with coordination is the key.
How Should I Interact At The Meeting?
3. Be ready to explain your testing and grading system, including homework. The child's future hinges on what you do, how you grade, and do you offer help. The parent needs to know how you grade. Is there make up work? A Special Education student usually is not an independent learner, even if they have the intelligence, because of a visual or auditory learning handicap. Do you offer homework help? Test retakes? Tutoring? When and where? The Math Department at my last school was remarkable in the regular, systematic help for all kids. And it got results.
I Don't Feel Prepared For This--What Should I Do?
4. Coordinate with the Special Education teacher. I cannot adequately explain how complex, detailed and mind-boggingly intense all this Special Ed. stuff is. But it is to your advantage as a general education teacher to share information with the RSP or SAI teacher. Most Special Ed. teachers are type B personalities (myself included) and won't bully or force anyone to do anything. But there is such expertise there, one suggestion may change a classroom situation for the better. And frequently there are Behavior Plans to implement for a rascal. The teaching team wants to keep this side of legalities, having i's dotted and t's crossed. Of course, first and foremost, we want to help the kids. A Special Education teacher has district personnel resources and knowledge that can really help.
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 9/28/13: 1. Daryl Hannah Reveals Autism Diagnosis That She's Tried to Hide Her Whole Life http://thestir.cafemom.com/entertainment/161698/d...
1. Daryl Hannah Reveals Autism Diagnosis That She's Tried to Hide Her Whole Life
2. What Are Common Core State Standards?
3. What's 'Normal,' What's Not: Acquiring English as a Second Language
4. Navigating the Nightmare of Special Needs School Lunches
5. Building the Best Brain: How Brain Cell Connections Get Cemented Early in Life
6. Brunch with Shonda Schilling Sunday, October 27th
7. Dyslexia Diagnosis: the Ability Within the Disability
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 9/28/13: 1. For Schools Implementing iPads, the Importance of Being Patient http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/09/for-schools-implementing-ipa...
1. For Schools Implementing iPads, the Importance of Being Patient
2. 10 Do's and Don'ts of Implementing iPads in the Classroom
3. 10 Awesome Instagram Accounts That Science Geeks Should Follow
4. 2 New Teq Webinars Scheduled!
5.. How Successful Digital Transformations
6.. Solve Tricky Classroom Tech Problems
7. The Current State Of STEM In The United States
Albert Einstein biography
MzTeachuh: Learning How to Learn Tweets of the Day 9/28/13: 1. 5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/03/5-tools-to-help-students-learn-how-to-learn/ ...
1. 5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn
2. New SAT Results Show No Change in Average Scores
3. Missouri Districts Verge on Bankruptcy After Ruling
4. Why Schools Must Talk About Trayvon Martin
5. How To Add Rigor To Anything
6. The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture
7. Daryl Hannah Reveals Autism Diagnosis That She's Tried to Hide Her Whole Life
Friday, September 27, 2013
MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 9/27/13: 1. Collaboration and the Common Core Tweets of the Day 9/25/13 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2013/09/collaboration-and-common-core-twe...
1. Collaboration and the Common Core Tweets of the Day 9/25/13
2. Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 9/24/13
3. Inquiry Based????? Tweets of the Day 9/24/13
4. Music for the Soundtrack of Your Classroom (Music to Work To)
5. Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 9/27/13
6. Garden of Learning Tweets of the Day 9/27/13
8. Diversity in the Classroom
Much appreciation to our international audience. It is a privilege to serve you. USA, France, Russia, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, UK, Ukraine, Germany, Lithuania.
Preparing for Diversity: Resources for Teachers
Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Resources for Leveraging Diversity in the Classroom
Races Relations Seeking Harmony
Lesson Plans & Teacher Resources
Rethinking Conversations on Race Among Educators
Seven Ideas for Revitalizing Multicultural Education
Creating an Anti-Racist Classroom
Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply
My Multicultural Self
Multiculturalism and Diversity
MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Halloween: Pumpkin carving as fine art: The Headless Horseman This holiday is very controversial; not only does it offend many family's ...
|Pumpkin carving as fine art: The Headless Horseman|
You don't have to believe in the supernatural to be offended or freaked out by Halloween. The concentration on aberrant behavior is enough to be unsettling. What might we do to take the edge of of the disturbing aspects of Halloween?
All children go through various developmental levels (Piaget's theory of cognitive development http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaget%27s_theory_of_cognitive_development) and it is possible to create an experience appropriate for the child's development. It is not easy, particularly if you live in the modern world, but with effort, a classroom and a family experience can be healthy for a child. For example, even though I enjoy the television show, 'Grimm," it is really not for young children. One episode, La Llorona, will freak out millions of folks, Hispanic or not. Another urban legend I have learned to never mention in class is Bloody Mary; the kids are truly scared. And what's the point of that? ELA classes can study folklore and Edgar Alan Poe without being traumatized.
How about the Simpson's version? I think Edgar would have enjoyed it.
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe http://www.schooltube.com/video/e850bdb733e729c582a9/The-Raven-by-Edgar-Allan-Poe
|Bart always cracks me up as the raven.|
Many families, school, and community groups concentrate on Harvest Festivals. That is a fine contrast to the ghastly. But even if you choose a study of nature, for example, spiders are freaky. Most are just helpful little garden buddies, but there are some dangerous ones. Kids need to know. Same with bats, and various birds. Around here we have huge ravens; I see them with their beady eyes focused on my chihuahua.
So we temper the fun, the imaginative, the quaint qualities of this season with supervision and wisdom. If you feel your child's school is offending your family's sensibilities--tell the principal. Tell the superintendent. You and your child have rights, especially when it comes to the quality of the school community activities. Offer an alternative. Autumn and harvest time (in the northern hemisphere) offers very lovely opportunities for art and activities. You could skip the dark side and go straight to Thanksgiving.
|Yeah, Linus, I agree with you.|
And don't forget, 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_the_Great_Pumpkin,_Charlie_Brown
Here's a download: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/halloween/videos/67218/title/peanuts-cartoon-great-pumpkin-charlie-brown
So, where are the jokes? These are just riddle-diculous.
|You can actually buy this in NYC.|
Did you hear about the new ice cream for monsters?
Its called cookies and scream.
This is a pic of an actual CookiesNScream Sundae.
This is a pic of an actual CookiesNScream Sundae.
Knock, knock, who's there?
Ivan to bite your neck.
Where did Mzteachuh take the ghost for lunch?
|Why isn't he purple?|
Where do werewolves stay on vacation?
The Howliday Inn.
Where does the Wolfman live?
In a werehouse.
Also, my classes used to play 'Name that Tune' with 'Elvira Presents Haunted Hits' just to be very silly. Once we won a decorating contest with our classroom door covered with original panels and comic style story of the Purple People Eater. (Was the People Eater Purple, or did he eat purple people? Inquiring minds want to know.)
And Drac finally got with it.
bobby 'boris' pickett & the cryptkickers - monster mash
|The mashed potatoes was really a dance?|
How do zombies celebrate Halloween?
They paint the town dead.
What oinks and drinks blood?
Sheb Wooley - Purple People Eater (1958)
Dad: Your older brother sure looks weird and scarey tonight.
Younger brother: Yeah, just wait til he puts on his mask.
What did the poultergeist serve at his Halloween party?
|Routine frequently seen at Middle School dances.|
We can't forget Michael Jackson's 'Thriller."
What do birds say on Halloween?
Trick or Tweet.
What do fishermen say on Halloween?
Trick or Trout.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - THEME SONG http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rn1bzECgHY&feature=relate
What did the little ghost have in his lunch box?
A boo-loney sandwich.
What did he have to drink?
A little box of Ghoul-Aid.
What do you call the eyeglasses for a ghost?
How did the bootician dry the Wolfman's hair?
With a scaredryer.
Is it good to drink the three weird sister's brew from the Scottish Play?
Yes, its very newt-tricious.
What do baby ghosts like to play?
What happened when the phantom disappeared into the fog?
He was mist.
|Don't get me started on comic books!Sabrina the Teenage Witch|
Did you hear about the hippie werewolf?
He was fur-out, man.
What does an Aussie witch ride on?
|(Well, I'm not.)|
And the greatest favorite of all--I even created a tee shirt for myself at Zazzle that read on the back:
I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!
Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbuster theme song
MzTeachuh: Why Do I Have a Special Ed. Kid in My Class?: Teachers collaborating. I've always been surprised at some reactions general education teachers have at mainstreaming. Here in C...
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
2. Special Education in Collaborative Classrooms
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.
4. IEP Collaboration Techniques
Always, communication is prime. Don't have to be best buddies, teachers, but you do have to communicate.
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 9/24/13: 1. Section 504 and IDEA Comparison Chart http://www.ncld.org/disability-advocacy/learn-ld-laws/adaaa-section-504/section-504-idea-compa...
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 9/27/13: 1. Tips for Helping Your Child Build Social Skills http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotional-skills/tips-for-hel...
1. Tips for Helping Your Child Build Social Skills
2. Guide to supporting students with dyslexia published
3. Will a Government Shutdown Hurt Your Child and Local School?http://www.ncld.org/ld-insights/blogs/government-shutdown-hurt-your-child
4. Seven Ways to Help Your Teen Become a Self-Advocate
5. E is for EXPLORE
6. 'I was terrified to reveal my autism': Daryl Hannah opens up about her struggle to manage her disorder in Hollywood
MzTeachuh: Garden of Learning Tweets of the Day 9/27/13: I'm seeing some tomatoes! 1.LAUSD challenges kids to get out and garden http://news.yahoo.com/video/lausd-challenges-kids-ga...
|I'm seeing some tomatoes!|
1.LAUSD challenges kids to get out and garden
2. 249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking
3. America’s toxic culture of testing
4. Supporting the Common Core Writing Standards
5. Let us help you build your digital classroom this fall.
6. Lesson Plan for Syria
7. 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking
Thursday, September 26, 2013
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 9/27/13: 1. Teaching Tech to Teachers: Classroom Technology Programs & Certificates http://www.teachertube.com/blog/teachertube/teaching-tec...
1. Teaching Tech to Teachers: Classroom Technology Programs & Certificates
2. Naturefriends at COP19 - System change! Not climate change!
3. Tablets for Learning: Emphasis on Capturing Students’ Voices
4. 5 Free Online Courses Designed For Teachers
5. Ed-Tech Coaches Are the Orchestra Conductors of K–12 Education
6. Cyber Attacks on School Networks Increasing
7. 10 Free Google Chrome Extensions Teachers Should Try
MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Being Organized (Within Reason): 1. CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION http://clutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com/p/classroom-organization-giveaway.html 2. 100 Classroom Organ...
1. CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION
2. 100 Classroom Organizing Tricks
3. How to Organize a Teacher's Grade Book
4. Cool Classroom Libraries
5. Teacher Roles - Organizing
Appropriate Games and Activities:
7. The Ultimate Organized Classroom
|Having the ultimate organized classroom can sure tucker you out!|
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 9/26/13: 1. Common Core in Action: Math in the Middle School Classroom http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ccss-middle-school-math-tech-monica-burns?ut...
1. Common Core in Action: Math in the Middle School Classroom
2. Four Ways to Think Like a Scientist with Science Notebooks
3. Will Technology Save Public Education?
4. 12 Roles For Google Drive In The Classroom