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Strategies for Successful IEPs

January 12, 2020

The only battle more epic than Batman vs. Superman might be “parent vs. teacher” in a special education IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting. My First IEP I’ll never forget one particular IEP… I was accused of “not having the student’s interests in mind.” David had ADHD and a learning disability in written expression.  David’s greatest challenge…

Student Motivation: How to Get Students in the “Green Zone”

August 18, 2019

It’s second hour in Mr. K’s class. The bell has just rung.  Mr. K is ready to get started with his lesson. But, here’s what Mr. K doesn’t know is lurking under the surface: Susie was just dumped by her boyfriend because of an untrue rumor posted on social media last night. Jimmy’s coach stopped him…

80/20 in Special Education: How Special Ed Can Create Big Gains With Minimal Effort!

June 10, 2017

Can You Relate…? You’re a special education teacher (or maybe you know one) sitting in a building-wide staff meeting.  In the meeting, the results of your state’s annual, standardized test scores were released.  The results are good, except for one segment of students that are not showing enough improvement and thus hurting the school’s overall…

Increase Motivation: Identify Your Multiple Intelligence

April 16, 2017

Are you smart? Immediately you start judging yourself. Maybe you answered “yes.”  Or, “no.”  Or, maybe you waffled with indecision. As a society, we make this judgement of others all the time.  Even the best teachers in education find themselves with thoughts like, “Kyle is a bright kid, he’ll learn this quickly.  But Laura will…

“Betsy DeVos Is Now the Most Powerful Educator In America!”

February 13, 2017

“Betsy DeVos is now the most powerful educator in America.” That was the first thing I heard when I flipped to NPR yesterday. You can agree or disagree with the appointment and subsequent approval of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, but I think we can all agree that… The most powerful educator is YOU. Whether…

Report Cards: Dealing with Poor Grades

October 21, 2016

If you’re like the millions of parents who open report cards and sigh, this article is for you. Upon opening a report card, you experience a flood of emotions.  Almost like going through the 5 stages of grief: Denial:  “No, this can’t be right.  I made him sit at the kitchen table every night and…

Why Is Homeschooling the Fastest Growing Segment In Education?

September 16, 2016

“The number of parents choosing to homeschool their kids is growing 7 times faster than the number of kids enrolling in K-12 every year.” (as reported by Education News, click HERE for the full article.) Do you wonder why that is? Education is free in the United States and many parents enjoy the fruits of…

Study Skills: The Missing Link

August 29, 2016

College is hard. I will be going into my third year at a university and I can honestly say these past two years have kicked my butt! Many of my friends called me a “nerd” in high school because I really cared about my grades and wanted to do well! The teasing was worth it…

Quiet Classroom: Techniques For Teachers to Tend to the “Talkers”

August 15, 2016

Ever have a hard time quieting or controlling a loud classroom? I recall from my grade school days the frustration and agony teachers would have when the class would just Not. Stop. Talking!!!!! But… have no fear! We came across an article that gives some super awesome and creative tips on how to quiet down…

Parent Involvement: Creating Success With Study Skills

July 21, 2016

We know that teaching any type of skill takes practice, monitoring, and feedback (see our prior article “Teaching a Skill”, click HERE.).  We also know that this type of “coaching” takes time and attention and this can be a challenge for teachers. How can you possibly give students the type of individual attention I’m suggesting?…

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