Archive for August, 2013

Teaching Pretend Play Skills to Young Children with Autism

See if this scene, paraphrased from the introduction of an article published in Young Exceptional Children, has a familiar ring… During center time in an inclusive preschool setting, a young boy with autism sits alone and lines up blocks. Sometimes he holds a block close to his eyes, examining it closely, but he does not really […]

What Makes a Successful Teacher in an Inclusionary Setting?

If you ask a student what makes him/her successful in school, you won’t hear about some fantastic new book, new methodology, or video lecture series; most likely you will hear something like, “It was all Mr. Jones. He cared so much that he just never gave up on me.”  What students take away from a […]

Make a Difference This Year

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of state and federal accountability news, funding issues, and staffing discussions, those of us in the education field lose sight of why we loved being a teacher.  As a general education and also special education teacher for more years than I want to admit to, I tried to make […]

The Importance of Early Learning!

Today, the Texas Early Learning Council is launching a statewide public awareness campaign on the importance of early childhood education and responsive caregiving! Throughout the state, various ads will be running on television, radio, and the internet. These ads will encourage adults to learn more about early childhood and ways they can support healthy development […]

Change: the Name of Progress

I have been reading a book called Expect to Win  by John Mason and one of the chapters really spoke to me– maybe it will speak to you as well.  Here is a summary of this short but meaningful chapter. Change is a word that should inspire rather than frighten you because it is impossible […]

Children Experiencing Homelessness: Improving Access to Early Childhood Care and Education

Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), indicates that more than 1.6 million children in the United States are homeless. Sadly, 42% of these children are under the age of six. The homeless status means that these children live on the streets or in homeless shelters. If […]