Saturday, July 12, 2014
MzTeachuh: All Learning, All The Time Tweets of the Day 7/12/...: Left Bank Learning: When "Work Time" Becomes "Studio Time" http://www.edutopia.org/blog/left-bank-learning-work-tim...
When GenEd and SpecEd Collaboration Really Works Putting the Puzzle Together http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/07/when-gened-and-speced-collaboration.html
When GenEd and SpecEd Collaboration Really Works: Solving Problems
When GenEd and SpecEd Collaboration Really Works: Differentiating Instruction
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 7/12/14: Supermoon 2014: See third super-sized moon of 2014 overnight July 11-12 http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/supermoon_2014_see_th...
Supermoon 2014: See third super-sized moon of 2014 overnight July 11-12
Does a supermoon have a super effect on us?
|Wokka and Sam.|
Wokka interviews Kevin and Milo from Robots4 Autism .com EP27
Odyssey.js - A New Way to Create Mapped Stories
What Technology Does What: An #edtech Chart For Teachers
5 Ways Google Tools Can Empower Teachers
Left Bank Learning: When "Work Time" Becomes "Studio Time"
25 Books That Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists This Summer
Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/differentiated-instruction-myths-and-truths-john-mccarthy?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-differentiated-instruction-myths-and-truths-linkDisruptive Innovation And Education
How to graduate globally competitive students
How to graduate globally competitive students
Overcoming Burnout: Why Overwhelmed Is The New Normal
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 7/12/14: What do we owe a special boy like Anthony? http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/10/opinion/costello-story-of-anthony-education/index.html?iref=al...
What do we owe a special boy like Anthony?
It takes brains…to solve autism
Voters With Special Needs Allegedly Disenfranchised
BREAKING: Congress Expands Career Training for Young Adults with LD
Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA
What Happens When a School and Its Teachers Provide a Supportive Environment for Dyslexics
ADHD classified into 3 types based on kids' personalities
|Wonderful Night For A Picnic D.L. Ennis|
Go outside and moongaze! Don't forget a snack...maybe ...
|Une tarte de lune au clair de lune (moon pie in the moonlight)|
A really big pizza pie...
Fly Me To The Moon
Last summer, did it find you standing alone?
Blue Moon Today! Friday 8/31
Clair de Lune
Moonlight Sonata: Unwind with Ludwig
Mr. Moonlight (Sr. Lux de Luna)
Bad Moon Rising
Shine On, Shine On Harvest Moon
Friday, July 11, 2014
MzTeachuh: When GenEd and SpecEd Collaboration Really Works: ...: Classroom problems are obvious: the student is not successful academically or has behavior issues. The solutions are not so obvious. Her...
Scenario #1: The student makes an effort, but remains well below standards despite effective interventions.
SpecEd will ask (or should) for documentation of the intervention. The parent should already know how many hours per day for how many weeks the student has been in the intervention--and have products of the work accomplished. The data of the student's further need should not be a mystery to anyone. Parent contact should be regular. GenEd needs to be organized for this. Hopefully, the intervention classes at the school site are coordinating and use the same result templates so a parent or SpecEd teacher can readily identify the strengths and needs of the student during a specific time period. If there is other, more unusual input over a period of time about the student, GeEd needs to document this with type of behavior, date, and class activity.
An anecdotal report might go like this:
10/5/-- Margaret began classwork, but after 10 minutes was drawing rather than writing the assignment. The picture was of a child, but it was one big circle with a smile. She did this for 10 minutes, then sat still, not working, despite many prompts to write.
With accurate data, Admin, GenEd and SpecEd should meet with the parents and may then suggest Special Education testing to the parent, if the parent has not already requested it.
A situation once arose at a Middle School where I was RSP for Grade 6. The structure was four teachers on a team, and I worked in the classrooms of Math and ELA. A Soc. Science teacher clued me into two transfer students she noticed may be SpecEd but perhaps their paperwork hadn't arrived yet.
One student had created an illustration for an essay that struck the teacher as disturbing. She showed it to me, I was able to observe and speak to the student. I contacted the Ed. Psychologist, and the Grade 6 Counselor. After getting contact info from his previous school across country, we discovered the parent had not informed us the student had been identified as ED (Emotionally Disturbed) and had a serious incident the previous school year. We couldn't clarify why the parents did not inform us, but because the Social Science teacher actually checked and read her classes' assignments every day we could get him to the proper placement quickly.
Another student was not able to understand the work at all, but was very popular despite a stutter. Again, the team of Counselor, Ed. Psychologist, SpecEd and GenEd did a search of his records, spoke to the parents (who needed a translator, the Ed. Psychologist was fluent in Spanish) and we found that due to frequent school changes, he had never been tested for SpecEd, or Speech Therapy. I tested him from my end, the Speech Therapist from his end, the Ed. Psychologist from her end, and we were prepared for a meeting which resulted in a better placement.
Scenario #2: The student has shown grade level ability, but is too disorganized to function in the class.
Again, do we have a record of this behavior?
An anecdotal report might go like this:
Luis does well when he has his supplies and brings his homework and outside reading book. But he is missing important items at least 3 times a week. Dates of missing work for March: 3/3, 3/5, 3/9, 3/10, 3/14 etc.
Has GenEd contacted the parents about this lack of functioning? Is there something unusual at home that might be the cause of the disorganization? Now I'm going to get personal, only because I have had to ask myself this question. How organized is the class? How's your classroom management? Are enough cues and directives given to end one activity and start another? Is the class tidy and organized so this student has an appropriate amount of space to function? If the lack of function is not the result of parents or teacher--there could be a Special Ed. reason. Executive functions (ability to be organized) can be impaired by learning disabilities. But not always. If the student's previous teachers are available for comment, ask how little George did last year. So if previous answers to these questions show a need for testing, the SpecEd team will find out--is it ADHD? a learning disability? or just a future Absent Minded Professor who needs a personal assistant? (Kind of kidding about the last, but sometimes parents and teachers feel like they are in that role.)
In my experience as RSP (Resource Specialist) we tested many more students for learning disabilities than qualified for Special Education programs, particularly in Grade 6. That is due to the fact that the huge change in schedule created a perfect storm of confusion for awhile until the kids got their sea legs. But a lack of executive function could well show a need for Special Education support, so please document the need so the student can be fairly evaluated.
Scenario #3: The student is a behavior problem.
Now we are to the real issue to solve. Why do students act up? For attention, for control of the class, or to escape the class through disciplinary action that takes them to the office or maybe to the ramp outside the door (btw, that last strategy is an illegal move and should not happen. Students need supervision.)
Again, do we have a record of this behavior?
An anecdotal report might go like this, and not necessarily only in a referral:
Student (Kayleigh) got out of seat three times in fifteen minutes, and moved around the classroom. She then whacked Angelica on the back of the head, disrupting class.
For a behavior referral for Special Education, you record all instances, and contact with the parents. The team of professionals that is your school and includes you, will research everything about the student, test the student, while effectively managing a positive behavior contract.
At the first, and I mean first, sign of defiance, contact the parent and document. The most effective teachers I worked with, and later emulated, did this simple thing, and ran a peaceful classroom. Also, document the conversation. Is this tedious? Yes, GenEd, it is. I know, I was GenEd, too. But a behavior issue is the most vital to document. If, deep in your heart, you feel this student has an emotional or serious behavioral issue--contact SpecEd, the Counselor, or the Ed. Psychologist. Maybe the student doesn't have serious problems that may lead to self injury or injuries to others. But maybe so, and you could save injuries and lives if the student gets help early.
In one high school class during a reading intervention, a student was doodling on his work one day. We discovered it was a rather graphic picture of two young people, one threatening the other with a knife. Taking the picture to the Ed. Psychologist, and having a meeting with the parent led to counseling for the student who had been bullied and assaulted the previous year. His uncle had been murdered in a gang initiation 18 months before. The student was affected. He received counseling.
To be transparent, a positive behavior plan is the most challenging to coordinate with a team of teachers for effective implementation. Really hard. But we don't give up. Good results help everyone.
When GenEd and SpecEd collaboration really works, there's nothing finer in the school system.
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 7/11/14: MoMA Presents Five Tips for Teaching With Works of Art http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/07/moma-presents-five-tips-for-teaching.h...
MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 7/11/14: When GenEd and SpecEd Collaboration Really Works: Playing To Each Other's Strengths http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/07/when-gen...
MoMA Presents Five Tips for Teaching With Works of Art
5 anti-bully apps you should know about
What Do Teachers Think About EdTech?
Curriki - Social Network for Educators to Exchange Lessons, Textbooks and Courses
Free web tool for engaging students in writing
Living Wax Museum: Researching & Portraying Influential People
How Districts Divvy Up Cloud Services
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 7/11/14: Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior: What to Expect and When to Be Concerned http://ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotion...
Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior: What to Expect and When to Be Concerned
Disney Wants Disability Access Suit Thrown Out
Zero-tolerance policies are destroying the lives of black children
Numbers Matter in Special Education
ADHD: Why We Do What We Do
Types of Therapy for Children and Teens With LD
When GenEd and SpecEd Collaboration Really Works: Playing To Each Other's Strengths
MzTeachuh's List of 25 Movies to Watch With Your Teens
Need To Know More About Learning Disabilities?
Hot Fun In The Summertime
Blessed are the Peacemakers: Happy Birthday, Ringo
Free Cool Ed Sites for Kids
Principal's Suggestion Box Letters #10 and #11
Let's Read, Read, Read!
MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Creating A Living Classroom: Teaching Secrets: Arranging Optimal Classroom Seating http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/07/31/tln_merz_seats.html ...
Teaching Secrets: Arranging Optimal Classroom SeatingBulletin Boards
Easy, Effective Way to Display Student Work in the Classroom
Displaying Student Work
|I'm so curious as to who they are.|
The Teacher Report: 7 Creative Approaches to Classroom Seatinghttp://www.weareteachers.com/community/weareteachers-blog/blog-wat/2012/07/17/the-teacher-report-7-creative-approaches-to-classroom-seating
Teaching As Leadership Classroom Jobshttp://teachingasleadership.org/sites/default/files/How_To/INV/I-5/I-5_Classroom_Jobs.pdf
The Clutter-Free Classroom
Classroom OrganizationCreating a Classroom Community
Thursday, July 10, 2014
MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Being Organized (Within Reason): 1. CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION http://clutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com/p/classroom-organization-giveaway.html 2. 100 Clas...
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: Visiting Vincent in L A (Van Gogh, That Is): Cypress, Van Gogh Teacher fun! April and Melanie at LACMA. What do Special Education teachers do for fun in the summer? Go to ...
|Cypress, Van Gogh|
|Teacher fun! April and Melanie at LACMA.|
|Here we are--no turning back.|
Van Gogh was our big draw. I can't explain how his paintings are like meeting a person, but they are. A sensitive, positive person who is happy to see you.
The exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art pulled together artists contemporary with Van Gogh as well as artists in the Expressionist movement, especially in Germany, who were inspired by Van Gogh.
|Woman and Two Children, Gauguin|
The exhibition included paintings by Van Gogh's buddy Gauguin. Here's one where everyone is wearing clothes.
|Still life by Cezanne|
This is a very famous painting by Cezanne. I always expect the fruit to roll off the table.
|Studio Interior, Matisse|
Apparently Matisse loved his studio, and here is its' painted portrait.
|Improvisation #28, Kandinsky|
There was Kandinsky, Kirchner, Leger, Franz, many more. Almost too much to absorb, like museums often are.
|The Street, Kirchner|
There were so many families with children of all ages at the museum, very cool on a warm Los Angeles day.
And what is most fun for Special Education teachers in the midst of world famous art? Why, play with kids at the hanging plastic spaghetti structure, of course.
It is a privilege to view art that I've just previously seen in text books or online. There are local galleries, presentations, and folk art everywhere for us to enjoy.
Although, Van Gogh is my favorite, I also really enjoyed this painting by Marc Franz.
|The Stables, Marc Franz|
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 7/10/14: Foundation for Successful Social Skills Groups for Teens http://special-ism.com/foundation-for-successfu-social-skills-groups-for-teens...
Foundation for Successful Social Skills Groups for Teens
Asking special needs kids to clear the same bar
Childhood Abuse Tied To Dyslexia
What We’re Watching: Live Online Speech Therapy
MoveAbout Activity Cards – A Deck of Sensory Motor Fun
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 7/10/14: Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’ http://dangerouslyirrelev...
Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’
7 PD tips for your instructional technology integration plan
Using eLearning tools to maximize summer PD
The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech
The Beginner’s Guide To Competitive Gaming In Schools
100+ eBooks On Everything You Might Want to Know About Microsoft Products
Focusing On Creativity In A Digital Era
MzTeachuh: Can Schools Change? Tweets of the Day 7/10/14: A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/a-school-that-ditches-all-the-rules-bu...
A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor
Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives
Standards and Testing in the Obama Administration
The Importance of Hearing from Teachers Around the World
Some New Orleans charters take extra steps to reach students with mental health needs
Join Teaching Channel’s Book Club
Library For All’s Push For Literacy In Developing Nations
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
MzTeachuh: Summer Activity: How Does Your Garden Taste?: (from top L) Rosemary oregano, sweet marjoram,sage at the bottom. What is a full-on sensory experience in your backyard? Gardening! Yo...
|(from top L) Rosemary oregano, sweet marjoram,sage at the bottom.|
What is a full-on sensory experience in your backyard? Gardening! You can spice up your life through the tastes, smells and textures, get exercise through digging and squeezing the soil through your fingers, and feel the wind and sunlight, listen to the birds, see the sunrise (morning people), the sunset (night people) and generally be a citizen of nature in good standing--there in your backyard (or deck, patio, or even windowsill.)
|In the grocery store!|
Where do I find something to plant in the garden? Home and garden stores, even your grocery stores, frequently have living plants in the veggie area, such as rosemary, mint, and more. They aren't much trouble to grow, neither are tomato or squash plants.
|Violas in a garden salad.|
Cooking With Your Own Herbs From the Garden
Even flowers like violas are edible! Who knew? Violas have a faint radishy taste.I sprinkled Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing over this salad. We liked it quite well, and, of course, it is beautiful.
Let's Go Mexican! Use Herbs From Your Garden
|Chives, oregano and marjoram.|
|Grow some peppers!|
|Tortilla Feliz (Happy Tortilla) I learned to make my own! |
This is who came out!
|Fresh Sweet Basil, oregano, garlic. Yummy.|
Cooking really helps keep the summer slide at bay, too, using all that math. Measuring math (especially fractions), time measurement, and then you get to eat the result. That's the best STEM ever!
Your Own Home Grown Herbs! Let's Go Italian!
|Garlic, easy to grow-vibrant when fresh!|