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Respecting education as both an art and a science, iTeach Cafe, LLC, introduces a twist of modern renaissance to the 21st century community of special education. The overarching mission is to offer professional guidance, expert insight, and progressive support to students, families, and professional educators. Visit us at: www.iTeachCafe.net
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Zero-90: From Initial Referral to Evaluation ... or Not!

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Referring a child to the Child Study Team?  Yes!  Ok, now what?

 

Zero to 90: Snapshot of Initial Referral to Evaluation ... or not!  Although each district has their own set of patterns and procedures, there is a law to govern the process of referring, evaluating, and determining eligibility for special education. This quick reference sheet highlights and narrows down the basic steps. 

Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

Referring a child to the Child Study Team?  Yes!  Ok, now what? For parents, guardians, administrators, teachers, and those interested in what happens after a child is referred to the Child Study Team -- this snapshot guide can be helpful! Print, forward, share, and enjoy! 

 

If you would like a copy of this page emailed to you (PDF), contact me: DenverLeigh@iTeachCafe.net

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Your Profile | LinkedIn

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A good connection depends upon great people. Let's connect!  Join me on Linkedin: DenverLeigh@iTeachCafe.net 

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Job Interview: What's not on your resume is just as important

Job Interview: What's not on your resume is just as important | iTeach Cafe, LLC | Scoop.it
Employers are generally pretty intuitive when it comes to interviewing job candidates.
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I love tackling a client's resume and teasing out their strengths.  It's awesome to see their faces light up when I point out something great they've done, but never saw it worthy of taking it's place on their resume before. This is especially fun when we work together on authoring a letter of introduction - the compliment and cherry atop their resume. One client told me, "now, my resume can sell itself" - thank you, Susan K., if you're reading this -  but if you've been on an interview, you know the next sell is actually the most difficult. 


The results of this infographic survey were drawn from 2000 bosses/managers. How you dress, sit, smile, and use gestures will be critiqued more than the information you submit on paper. In addition, responding to a question goes beyond knowing an answer. Tone of voice and eye contact are taken into account, as well as your strategies for answering those crafty, bead-of-sweat provoking questions. 


For more interview coaching and career consulting tips, contact iTeach Cafe!  Be dressed to impressed from the inside out. 

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Parent Survey: How can a workshop meet your needs in helping you to meet your child's needs?

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Attention: Parents/Guardians!

 

What should a parent workshop look like?  Please, take this quick 6 question survey. Your feedback is valued!  

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CYF8ZG8 ;

Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

Parents want to be heard ... and so they shall be!  This is a quick (and anonymous) survey. 

 

Even if you're not a parent, but have a desire to attend a parent workshop due to some other role you share in a child's life - or because you're super awesome and like to be 'in the know' - your insight is needed.  

 

Thanks!

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Special Ed. Snapshot: Referral 101

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Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

Referring a child to the Child Study Team for an evaluation is a complex and often very misunderstood process. This infographic was created in an effort to narrow down the referral process into basic, no frill steps. 

 

For more information, a copy of this infographic or a PRISE booklet, contact me @ www.iTeachCafe.net 

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Defining Citizenship in the Digital Age

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Digital citizenship is not so different from traditional citizenship. We still need to guide students to be kind, respectful and responsible. What’s new is teaching them how to apply these values to the realities of the digital age.
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In Kindergarten we promote good citizenship and friendship building.  Under the umbrella of curriculum, content areas such as Health, Science, and Social Studies touch on these concepts, but what about technology?  Are we prepping children to become good digital citizens?  Do we know what that means?  This infographic is quite powerful and shows the fine line we walk as the push of 21st century learning continues. 

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How Teachers Can Earn Extra Money

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Top 5 Ways For Busy Teachers To Make Some Extra Money – Infographic Teach Onine Mark Exams Sell Online Write a Book Create an App Source: http://busyteacher.org Via: visual.ly
Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

On average, teachers make 12% less than other professionals with similar levels of experience and eduction. Although the field of education is not well known for its millionaires, there are some savvy ways teachers can contribute to their wallets while sharing their much needed strategies, insights, and knowledge. If you're not sure where to start, contact me!  Career consulting is on the menu at iTeach Cafe!  

 

*Career Consulting reaches beyond the field of education. What are your goals?  Do you feel like you're hitting a brick wall? Are you ready to make a move?  Wondering what your options are and where your talents + desires will best be used?  

 

"A good network depends upon great people.  Let's connect!" - D. Leigh

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Top 10 Resources on Dyslexia

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Dyslexia BasicsDo you think your child or student might have dyslexia? "Dyslexia Basics," a factsheet by International Dyslexia Association, tells you the definition, symptoms, causes and effects. Find out how to help.

Via EUdyslexia
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The big buzz word today is "Dyslexia" -- finally, the spotlight is awakening us to resources and strategies geared at supporting students with Dyslexia.  I have a list I am working on, too, but for now this site will get your toes in the water ... enjoy! 

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Quick & Easy Formative Assessments Updated

Quick & Easy Formative Assessments Updated | iTeach Cafe, LLC | Scoop.it

Sometimes it feels crazy overwhelming to keep assessing students and know exactly what they do/don't understand. That's where these quick and easy formative assessment ideas comes in!"


Via Beth Dichter
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We often think of assessment in a formal, summative sense; however, the art of formative evaluation is critical to master in order to assess how well students are grasping concepts.  Jumping past basic recall and simple predictions, formative assessments are great tools for establishing where  personal connections have been made in a child's learning process. While we are reaching for the application and synthesis of knowledge, we need to break free from multiple choice bubbles and encourage students to travel deeper into their learning. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 30, 9:53 PM

This visual that shares a number of ways to do assessments would be a great tool to add to your toolkit. The post provides links to additional resources for assessments. Click here to download the version in the graphic above: (PDF): Formative Assessments.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, November 2, 9:18 AM

Some good ideas here.

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How the Struggling Reader's Brain Works Differently

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Learn how brain differences affect struggling readers, and steps teachers can take to address those differences in the classroom.

Via Collection of First
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I love info-graphics!  Harnessing knowledge and embracing the differences regarding how our brain functions in learning is the key to becoming a great teacher.  We can empower our teachers by providing them facts and insight on how to reach all of their students.  

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AnnC's curator insight, September 14, 9:30 PM

Check for discrimination of similar sounding words.  Provide intense, motivating, and frequent instruction.  Build vocabulary from an early age.  Practice listening accuracy,  auditory sequencing, and phonological memory.  Try Fast ForWord program to building skills for reading.

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Email Etiquette: Five simple thoughts and tips on tone.

Email Etiquette: Five simple thoughts and tips on tone. | iTeach Cafe, LLC | Scoop.it
Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

I find it refreshing to exchange emails with someone who is able to convey their tone accordingly via word choice, grammar, a little twist of humor, and reasonably inserted emoticons. At times, emails can exchanged rapidly and simulate a form of texting, it makes sense to be very brief and lack formalities ; however, outside of that circumstance, I wanted to share a few tips and ideas regarding email etiquette:

 

1 - If you receive an email from someone that takes the time to include a greeting and closing line, it is expected that you do the same.  Make use of that auto-signature when possible, but remember you are still a human and personal touches remind the person on the receiving end of that fact. 

 

2 - If you receive an email with questions and you do not know the answers to these questions, respond with something like, " … I will work on getting the answers to your questions" or "…those are good questions, I will see what I can find out for you."  Completely ignoring the questions while you seek out the answers will immediately send the wrong response once a reasonable amount of response time has lapsed.  

 

3 - If you do not know someone personally … in other words, they do not know your tone or sense of humor … be very careful with you words and writing style.  Yes, inserting a little "LOL"  or smiley face is helpful in these cases, but it is sometimes better to side with kindness, rather than humor or snarky wit … well, at least until they get to know you and can hear your voice in their head while reading.

 

4 - If you must be short, blunt, and automatic with your response due to the time and place of when you receive an email, include an additional line that explains, "…I'm short on time right now, but wanted to respond quickly so you know I received your message.  I will get back to you soon. Thank you!"  

 

5 - Know your audience and let that guide your use of CAPS, symbols, grammar (or lack thereof), word choice, and so forth.  If you get a response from someone who seems to have misunderstood or misread your tone, exercise a little creativity and smooth out those wrinkles as soon as possible. 

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I find it refreshing to exchange emails with someone who is able to convey their tone accordingly via word choice, grammar, a little twist of humor, and reasonably inserted emoticons. At times, emails can exchanged rapidly and simulate a form of texting, it makes sense to be very brief and lack formalities ; however, outside of that circumstance, I wanted to share a few tips and ideas regarding email etiquette:

 

1 - If you receive an email from someone that takes the time to include a greeting and closing line, it is expected that you do the same.  Make use of that auto-signature when possible, but remember you are still a human and personal touches remind the person on the receiving end of that fact. 

 

2 - If you receive an email with questions and you do not know the answers to these questions, respond with something like, " … I will work on getting the answers to your questions" or "…those are good questions, I will see what I can find out for you."  Completely ignoring the questions while you seek out the answers will immediately send the wrong response once a reasonable amount of response time has lapsed.  

 

3 - If you do not know someone personally … in other words, they do not know your tone or sense of humor … be very careful with you words and writing style.  Yes, inserting a little "LOL"  or smiley face is helpful in these cases, but it is sometimes better to side with kindness, rather than humor or snarky wit … well, at least until they get to know you and can hear your voice in their head while reading.

 

4 - If you must be short, blunt, and automatic with your response due to the time and place of when you receive an email, include an additional line that explains, "…I'm short on time right now, but wanted to respond quickly so you know I received your message.  I will get back to you soon. Thank you!"  

 

5 - Know your audience and let that guide your use of CAPS, symbols, grammar (or lack thereof), word choice, and so forth.  If you get a response from someone who seems to have misunderstood or misread your tone, exercise a little creativity and smooth out those wrinkles as soon as possible. 

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Important way to communicate in online environment. 

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8 Education Tools That Are Going Away

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If you don't have children, you may not have noticed the massive changes going on in how students learn. Where adults are struggling with adjusting to the onslaught of technology in their lives, ho...
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No more pencils, no more books ... no more teachers without Nooks? A humorous, yet very true article regarding the tools of the trade and the good ol' days.  Remember the days of learning cursive writing?  How about clapping chalk erasers?  

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A Must See Wheel on The Difference between Usin...

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A Must See Wheel on The Difference between Using Technology and Technology Integration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Purposeful Pedagogy curated by Dean J.
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As a visual learner, I am a sucker for a colorful vendiagram.  

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The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century Literacy

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The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century Literacy.
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Literacy is expanding the way we interact with every fiber of our world. How prepared are your students...better yet, how are you preparing teachers and parents?
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Raise Awareness in 2015 for Special Education & #LimitlessLearning for ALL with #iTeachCafe! Join us!!!

Raise Awareness in 2015 for Special Education & #LimitlessLearning for ALL with #iTeachCafe!  Join us!!! | iTeach Cafe, LLC | Scoop.it
I just supported Limitless Learning for ALL! on @ThunderclapIt // @iteachcafe
Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

This is very exciting stuff right here! 

 

I believe in 2015 we can increase awareness about special education and what #limitless learning means for our students, families, and communities. 

 

Will you help?

 

The race is on to reach a minimum of 250 supporters before midnight on New Year's Eve -- it costs NOTHING but a click + a promise.  

 

What are you promising? 

 

Yourself.  The promise is to motivate the pace of progress by taking a personal interest in learning more about special education and how our laws, schools, and communities are working to protect and empower children with special needs. Make this promise and seek out your place in the lives of these children within your own community.  Limitless learning is for everyone ... including you. 


For more information and ideas on how you can join the process of making progress, check out:  www.iTeachCafe.net and click on 'Events' --- or go here: http://thndr.it/1BMVqus

 

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iTeach Cafe - Educational Consulting

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Educational Consulting services for students, families, and professional educators. Offering a menu of options to meet your needs. Your goals are our mission.
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Updated!  Stop by and say hello ... www.iTeachCafe.net  

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Steps to Create Blended Learning

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Steps to Create A Blended Learning Classroom ~ Educational technology meets traditional AND constructive methods to boost learning. Check out: http://www.scoop.it/t/online-educational-applications/p/4031557723/2014/11/12/new-visual-steps-to-create-a-blended-learning-classroom-educational-technology-and-mobile-learning
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Technology helps to bridge learning gaps and fashion students with awesome tools for expanding their experiences. Schools across the map have embraced this truth; however, without solid support and training, teachers may find technology as more of a hindrance than a help. What is your district/community doing to support professional development in the areas of assistive & instructional technology?
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Follow iTeach on Twitter!

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Follow on Twitter -- get all the cool stuff as it comes out!  A good network depends upon great people - let's connect! 

 

@iTeachCafe 

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27 Tools for Instilling Intrinsic Motivation

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What would you try if there was no chance of failure? I love the notion of grade-free, high-praise activities that challenge, yet encourage high order thinking. As educators, we have the ability and opportunity to ignite learning and inspire greater visions, which not only think outside the box, but without a box all together. 


Intrinsic motivation is the most powerful momentum we can instill in learners of all ages. Reaching beyond the path-goal theory and/or methods for encouraging success, students develop personal relationships with their goals and deepen the grooves of learning when the desire to achieve comes from within their own will. 

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14 Categories of Special Education

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Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

IDEA names 13 categories of  special education for students between the ages of 3 - 21.  Students under the age of 3 may fit the criteria for Preschool Disabled. Can you name all 14 of these categories?  Here's a snapshot reference sheet to print & share! If you'd like a copy of this emailed to you directly, contact me: DenverLeigh@iTeachCafe.net 

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HOMEWORK: Quick tips to engage young learners.

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Homework can be a daunting task, especially for parents.  After a long day at school (and a long day at work), the nightly routine of math problems, spelling words, and reading assignments add to the exhaustion.   Engage your young learner with the help of these fun and easy tips:

 

READING

- Read aloud to a pet or favorite toy

- Make a recording via your phone or tablet of them reading aloud; they'll enjoy listening to themselves, especially if you can add-in special effects via an app!

- Have them read aloud to you in a funny voice or using an accent

- Ask them to act out their favorite part of the story after they're finished reading.

 

SPELLING

- Let them use play-doh or pipe-cleaners to bend and create letters to spell words.

- Use a dry erase marker and let them write on a window or glass top table (yes, it will wipe off!)

- Have them type their spelling words and look for clip-art images to accompany each word to help them visualize meaning.

- Clap out each letter and make up a little song for each word.

- Use post-it notes and a timer for matching words to picture cards (another way to use clip-art)

 

MATH

- Use small, edible treats for counting; raisins, cheerios, grapes, blueberries, etc... (a fun treat to eat when subtracting!)

- Create flashcards using glue + glitter or sand or yarn; when dry, they can trace their finger over the number.  For addition, subtraction or multiplication problems, use this technique for making the answer tactile.

- Look for videos online and interactive math games.  I recommend:

 

www.ABCya.com

www.MathPlayground.com

www.mrnussbaum.com

www.sheppardsoftware.com

 

I welcome your feedback and would love to hear some of your tips and tricks at home, too! 

 

Thanks,

  Denver Leigh

  iTeach Cafe, LLC

Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

Homework can be exhausting for everyone, especially our young learners and their parents.  Try out some of these tips for engaging your child and keeping it fun ... yes, learning can be fun! In fact, it should be! 

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Top 60 iPad Apps for Teaching STEAM Organized by Grade Level ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Top 60 iPad Apps for Teaching STEAM Organized by Grade Level ~ http://t.co/3BC3DUp6sl via @medkh9
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Love it or not, technology is digging its way towards the core of education. Over 55% of us are visual learners, therefore the use of apps would reasonably be the ideal tool for more than half of the population. As a complement to visual learning, kinesthetic learning activities are noted by research as being the most effective way to successfully engage students of all ages. Although visual apps are vivid and interactive, are they kinesthetic enough for those who learn the best through authentic, tactile experiences? Check out these apps for STEM and discover the answer for yourself.
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What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley - YouTube

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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-dyslexia-kelli-sandman-hurley Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't ...
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Dyslexia:  An awesome video explaining how the brain functions with/for a person with Dyslexia. Debunking some of the simple myths and breaking down the basics of what it is, how it impacts learning, and what it's like to manipulate sounds and language. Neurodiversity makes us unique, not necessary "disabled." 

 


 

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Email Etiquette: Five simple thoughts and tips on tone.

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Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

I find it refreshing to exchange emails with someone who is able to convey their tone accordingly via word choice, grammar, a little twist of humor, and reasonably inserted emoticons. At times, emails can exchanged rapidly and simulate a form of texting, it makes sense to be very brief and lack formalities ; however, outside of that circumstance, I wanted to share a few tips and ideas regarding email etiquette:

 

1 - If you receive an email from someone that takes the time to include a greeting and closing line, it is expected that you do the same.  Make use of that auto-signature when possible, but remember you are still a human and personal touches remind the person on the receiving end of that fact. 

 

2 - If you receive an email with questions and you do not know the answers to these questions, respond with something like, " … I will work on getting the answers to your questions" or "…those are good questions, I will see what I can find out for you."  Completely ignoring the questions while you seek out the answers will immediately send the wrong response once a reasonable amount of response time has lapsed.  

 

3 - If you do not know someone personally … in other words, they do not know your tone or sense of humor … be very careful with you words and writing style.  Yes, inserting a little "LOL"  or smiley face is helpful in these cases, but it is sometimes better to side with kindness, rather than humor or snarky wit … well, at least until they get to know you and can hear your voice in their head while reading.

 

4 - If you must be short, blunt, and automatic with your response due to the time and place of when you receive an email, include an additional line that explains, "…I'm short on time right now, but wanted to respond quickly so you know I received your message.  I will get back to you soon. Thank you!"  

 

5 - Know your audience and let that guide your use of CAPS, symbols, grammar (or lack thereof), word choice, and so forth.  If you get a response from someone who seems to have misunderstood or misread your tone, exercise a little creativity and smooth out those wrinkles as soon as possible. 

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Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, February 18, 9:29 AM

I find it refreshing to exchange emails with someone who is able to convey their tone accordingly via word choice, grammar, a little twist of humor, and reasonably inserted emoticons. At times, emails can exchanged rapidly and simulate a form of texting, it makes sense to be very brief and lack formalities ; however, outside of that circumstance, I wanted to share a few tips and ideas regarding email etiquette:

 

1 - If you receive an email from someone that takes the time to include a greeting and closing line, it is expected that you do the same.  Make use of that auto-signature when possible, but remember you are still a human and personal touches remind the person on the receiving end of that fact. 

 

2 - If you receive an email with questions and you do not know the answers to these questions, respond with something like, " … I will work on getting the answers to your questions" or "…those are good questions, I will see what I can find out for you."  Completely ignoring the questions while you seek out the answers will immediately send the wrong response once a reasonable amount of response time has lapsed.  

 

3 - If you do not know someone personally … in other words, they do not know your tone or sense of humor … be very careful with you words and writing style.  Yes, inserting a little "LOL"  or smiley face is helpful in these cases, but it is sometimes better to side with kindness, rather than humor or snarky wit … well, at least until they get to know you and can hear your voice in their head while reading.

 

4 - If you must be short, blunt, and automatic with your response due to the time and place of when you receive an email, include an additional line that explains, "…I'm short on time right now, but wanted to respond quickly so you know I received your message.  I will get back to you soon. Thank you!"  

 

5 - Know your audience and let that guide your use of CAPS, symbols, grammar (or lack thereof), word choice, and so forth.  If you get a response from someone who seems to have misunderstood or misread your tone, exercise a little creativity and smooth out those wrinkles as soon as possible. 

Angela Kerr's curator insight, March 1, 11:20 AM

Important way to communicate in online environment. 

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How Do You Individualize Instruction? (Infographic)

How Do You Individualize Instruction? (Infographic) | iTeach Cafe, LLC | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, Beth Panitz, Ed.D., Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC
Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's insight:

How do you individualize? Does a graphic like this guide instruction, curriculum, lessons or all the above?  Most teachers are visual learners, as are their students; wouldn't it be fun to have students create  personalized graphic like this to outline their own individualized pathway to learning? 

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 23, 2013 1:41 AM

Some tips on individualising instruction.

Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, January 2, 8:21 AM

Great visual! 

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