Archive for April, 2013

Help Spread the Word!

National Teacher Day is May 7, 2013.  It is a time to thank the nation’s teachers for all you do. And the best way to be thanked is to be respected as the professionals you are. http://play.simpletruths.com/movie/heart-of-a-teacher/     Rosemary MangesRosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from […]

RTI and Assessment: How Much is Enough?

  “Response to Intervention (RtI) is the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals and apply child response data to important educational decisions.” The RtI assessment process relies on identifying the components that are essential for a comprehensive assessment system: […]

Rethinking Recess: What are the Benefits?

In early 2009, researcher Romina Barros of Einstein College  found that third grade students who had at least 15 minutes of recess every day behaved better in the classroom than their peers who did not get daily recess. A safe and healthy recess has tremendous potential, not only to get our children more physically active, […]

The iPad is a Trojan Mouse

Some thoughts taken from Larry Cuban‘s latest book Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education. Technology doesn’t magically change teacher’s practice. You can have students use iPads in much the same way that they once used slate boards. But what new technologies like tablets or laptops can do is […]

Neurodiversity in the Classroom

Here are seven ways that you can activate the strengths of your students with special needs, whether you run a full-inclusion classroom, a self-contained special education classroom, or anything in between: • Discover your students’ strengths. Before they even come into your classroom, find out about your students’ strengths and abilities by talking with previous […]

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to focus on the protection and care of our most vulnerable and trusting resources – our children.  Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. Since that time, individuals and organizations have joined during April to raise the public’s […]