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Five Posts You Might Have Missed

Five Posts You Might Have Missed

Before we take a break for the holidays, we wanted to share with you some posts that you might have missed. We recently celebrated our 300th post (an amazing feat if we do say so ourselves). Don’t worry, we will be around before the end of the year to talk about all the exciting things planned for 2015. Check out these carefully curated posts from this past year and if you feel so inclined, share them with a friend or colleague.

1. 12 Things To Remember When Working With Challenging Students

Let’s face it. Some students are hard to work with for a litany of reasons. Maybe you are experiencing a challenging year in your classroom. Before you throw in the towel or give up hope, read this list of DOs and DON’Ts when encountering students who push you to the brink.

2. Young Man With An Autistic Twin Brother Makes Documentary About The History Of Special Education

Meet Miles Kredich, a teenager with a twin brother who has autism. Watch this short (8 minute) documentary that gives a history of special education and gives a great case for inclusive education.

3. On Being Joe’s Mom: Why Inclusion Is Important To This Mother

One of the most important speeches about inclusion and the mindset of a mother with a child with special needs that you will ever hear. Watch this ten minute video…it just might change how you think about parenting a child with a disability.

4. What Does Full Inclusion Really Mean?

I know that I do not have a corner on the truth. While belief systems and worldviews tend to get mired in rhetoric, the big picture of inclusion (specifically inclusive education) is far more forgiving. My aim in this piece is to clarify a big misconception about what full inclusion really means.

5. Why Bother Giving Access To Curriculum For Students With Significant Disabilities?

A 30+ year veteran teacher gives her thoughts on why it is important for students with significant disabilities to be given access to the general education curriculum. This is a must read if you are a teacher in a self-contained classroom.

Thanks for spending some time with us. If you have anything you would like to add please tell us about it in the comments section below!

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Providing Structure Without Stifling Creativity

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The classroom you just entered, in a Montessori school in Austin, isn't exactly noisy, but it certainly isn't perfectly quiet. Busy-ness and chatter is all around you as children work in groups at activity centers. In one corner, partially screened … [Continue reading]

13 Disability Resources on the Web You May Not Know About

13 Disability Resources You May Not Know About

A few months ago we were contacted by a volunteer researcher with EducatorLabs. They said that they read our post on Literacy for All Learners and were interested in sharing some resources. They gave us an amazing list of links and we did not want to … [Continue reading]

Simple Techniques For Writing An Epic Dissertation

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Dissertation writing is a compulsory requirement in graduate and postgraduate programs of different universities. This is required by your supervisor to confirm your knowledge in your respective field. Therefore it is a serious concern for every … [Continue reading]

7 Digital Business Strategies for Educational Publishers

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Educational publishers have invested heavily in digitizing their content, but many are disappointed with the market’s response. That is because widespread digitization has led to a glut of inexpensive or free material, which has reduced demand, while … [Continue reading]

How To Help Your Child Prepare For Their Exams

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Helping your child prepare for those important exams The Christmas season is upon is, all the plans for the festive season are in full swing and the excitement and euphoria is rising on a daily basis. Responsible parents however, have an eye on … [Continue reading]

Strategies For Writing A Thesis For Students With Dyslexia

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Millions of people have dyslexia. Dr. Sally Shaywitz of Yale University even claims that one in five individuals have dyslexia. Although numerous studies already show that dyslexia is not an indicator of intelligence, many people still think the … [Continue reading]

How Not to Work with Kids with Special Needs

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By David Perry A version of this post was originally published at How Did We Get Into This Mess?  This is my son swimming at a party this summer. He's never happier than when he's in the pool, using his body, feeling the water, playing and filled … [Continue reading]

5 Ways To Build Superb Relationships With Paraprofessionals

5 Ways To Build Superb Relationships With Paraprofessionals

This post was originally published at Special Education Guide. Don’t be jealous: I have the very best paraprofessionals in the world. They know exactly what to do even when I am not there. They are like an extension of my brain and I could not do my … [Continue reading]

How This Teacher Is Dealing With Special Education Burnout

How This Teacher Is Dealing With Special Education Burnout

Despite what you think of me...I am not an expert. I know that I have this blog (rated in the top 100 of education blogs in the world), a podcast, nearly 10K Twitter and Facebook followers combined, and over a decade of working in a special education … [Continue reading]