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The Learning Value of Digital Media: Audiobooks, Videos, & Video Games

May 11, 2020

We are both educators, but you can stick a fork in us… we’re DONE! We’ve always said that we could never “homeschool” our own children. Having to do it in global shut-down, while managing growing demands of our “day job,” is simply too much! So, we’ve scaled back. Waaaaaay back. All those social media memes……

A Salute on Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

May 5, 2020

It’s May, 2020. Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us… Where are the words?? During this global pandemic, you shifted on the turn-of-a-dime. There simply is not a way to properly express “appreciation” for what you’ve done for our students. My daughter’s teacher happened to made a social media post last night, expressing a sense of…

How Special Education Students Can Succeed…
Quickly & Without Frustration Copy

April 28, 2020

The #1 complaint from SPED teachers is that students don’t understand their “challenges.” They don’t believe in themselves. They feel “stupid” and become apathetic towards their potential. This can all change. Quickly! 4 Primary Ways to Make Fast, Forward Momentum In fact, these steps can catapult special education students past many of their gen ed…

The Brain Circuit: How the Brain Works

April 26, 2020

The Brain Circuit Video Transcription The brain has dozens of different sections. Each section does something different to help us move and process thoughts. Think of the brain like your digestive system… Your digestive system is made of many distinct organs. Each organ does something different. But, these organs work together to digest your food.…

RTI Tier 1 Interventions:
The Small Set of Skills with 80% Impact

April 24, 2020

RTI Tier 1 interventions are the “first line of defense” for supporting students. Response to Intervention (RTI) was designed to help prevent students from needing special education assistance. Tier 1 instruction is delivered to the whole class. Assessments monitor progress of students. If students are struggling to learn specific concepts or strategies, they would then move up…

80/20 in the Classroom: How to Change the Way You Work

April 19, 2020

There is a universal rule that governs our lives behind the scenes. It works silently, only observed by those aware of its existence. The people who understand its power spend more of their time living happier lives.   They use this principle to accomplish more in less time. We can see it at work in…

Standardized Tests:
Two Proven Ways to Raise Test Scores

April 5, 2020

Research consistently confirms there are two critical ways to raise test scores on standardized tests: Build “cognitive flexibility” with metacognitive strategies.1 If students don’t have problem-solving strategies for learning content, well… they won’t learn it! Obviously. Teach the curriculum, not “to the test.” Teaching “to the test” –also known as “item teaching”– actually lowers test scores; it…

Why Is Simplicity So Complicated?

March 27, 2020

In medicine, doctors will prescribe the minimum effective dose. Meaning, you want to cure the illness but minimize the side effects. Learning is no different. When learning new materials, we want to use the strategies that are most effective, with the least amount of side effects, (time, energy, stress/anxiety). Graphic organizers can be good tools…

Could Your Special Education & RTI Students be More Successful Than Their “General Ed” Peers?

March 20, 2020

What if your students could create their own “David and Goliath” story?   It’s not only possible, it’s quite simple. How do I know? Three reasons… First, It’s Been Done Before! In 1896, in the slums of Rome, a young woman was put in charge of a young group of children labeled “impossible to educate.” Her students…

The Challenges of “D-I-Y” Study Skills Programs

March 15, 2020

Trying to Piece Your Own Study Skills Program Together? It’s “back to school” season, which means I’ve been talking to a LOT of educators in the past few months. That’s normal for this time of year. However, something is different this year. I’m hearing something I’ve heard a lot over the past 20 years, but…

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