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Special Education Apps | Best iPad Apps for Kids | Educational iPad Apps - A4CWSN.com

Special Education Apps | Best iPad Apps for Kids | Educational iPad Apps - A4CWSN.com | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it

Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and carers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products...


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Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs

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Special education teacher Laurie Wasserman says collaboration, diligence, and compassion can help schools better support students with learning difficulties.

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Classroom Management That Creates Harmony Instead of Hostility

Classroom Management That Creates Harmony Instead of Hostility | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it
Music teacher Kevin Mixon offers tips on adopting a classroom-management style that reinforces learning goals and expectations instead of simply punishing bad behavior.

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Juan Legarda's curator insight, February 12, 2014 6:34 PM

Let your students know you for your kindness and intelligence. Fear is not  a good teaching companion. Deserved Respect and a sense of teamwork are! Do not be afraid to be genuinely nice to your students, to show real care, and you will see the rewards pronto!

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What is Dysgraphia?

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What is dysgraphia? This learning disability affects writing abilities and causes difficulty with spelling, handwriting and putting thoughts on paper.

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Prevent Confusing Language From Confusing Students

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David Ginsburg is a consultant specializing in instructional coaching, school leadership, math instruction, and new teacher training.
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First study shows promise for tablets to become key teaching tools for autism - CBS News

First study shows promise for tablets to become key teaching tools for autism - CBS News | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it
60 Minutes on CBS News: First study shows promise for tablets to become key teaching tools for autism - Tablet computers with special apps are unlocking the brains of autistic children, allowing them to communicate things their parents never knew...

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4-Step Process for Helping Students Transfer Decoding Skills to Written Text

4-Step Process for Helping Students Transfer Decoding Skills to Written Text | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it
Reading Horizons Teacher Trainer, Shantell Berrett, discusses how to help students transfer decoding skills to everyday texts with a simple four-step process.
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The Reading Brain: How Your Brain Helps You Read, and Why it Matters

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Reading is a complex task that requires many parts of the brain. Learn what happens in the brain when you read and what you can do to build a reading-ready brain.
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Whose Children Will Get the Best Jobs in the 21st Century? | Psychology Today

Whose Children Will Get the Best Jobs in the 21st Century? | Psychology Today | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it
The best jobs will go to applicants who can think. By Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed....
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Sensational Senses

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Did you know most of the incoming information to your brain is discarded after 15-20 seconds, unless it is relevant or interesting to you?

 

Hopefully, you haven’t discarded this post yet!  You don't want to miss out on learning how a snake can be comforting for some students or why a slice of lime can make a world of difference in the school cafeteria!

 

All learners learn in different ways, relying on different senses. The more information is coming in through a variety of senses, the more likely it is that students will find some of it relevant or interesting.

 

The following tips are to stimulate your creativity – how can you introduce new concepts or skills through a variety of senses? Or how can you meet some of your students sensory needs so they are able to find the information you are teaching to be relevant or interesting.

 

VISION:

 

* Consider using photographs instead of PCS or icons. Some students will relate more to actual photos for their visual schedules instead of other images. Make it even more engaging by having the student take the digital photos.

 

* Comic formatted books can be very motivating for middle school students to read. An app for the iPad, Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are addresses many subjects (i.e. liking who you are, not worrying about what others think, what to do when feeling stressed) that are on the minds of middle schoolers.

 

HEARING:

 

* Record social stories for student to listen to at listening center. Use Speech Journal app to combine recorded messages with your own images.

 

* Incorporate music to help with classroom transitions. This can be as simple as playing instrumental music, or teaching the students songs to sing when changing activities.

 

SMELL:

 

* A friend made a weighted snake for her son to wear around his shoulders to give him sensory input. She added the sense of smell by sewing the snake out of one her old bed sheets. Her son loves the comfort of “smelling” his mom at school.

 

* You’ve probably heard of cleaning your palate before courses at a formal dinner party. Did you know there is a way to clear the olfactory palate? How you ask? Put a cut up lime in a baggie and have your child smell it. This can be helpful if all of the smells in a school lunchroom are overwhelming.

 

TASTE:

 

* Some students love to explore objects by tasting them, chewing on them, and/or just putting them in their mouths. Instead of telling the students to stop this behavior, give them an alternative to chew on. It can be as simple as a piece of gum, or a piece of chew jewelry.

 

* It is fun to connect traditional recipes when studying different countries or cultures. For students who have reading challenges, or students learning English as a second language it may be challenging for them to follow a written recipe. There are some visual cookbooks available, but many times they do not contain the recipe the student wants to make. An alternative is to take photos of a person preparing the desired dish and begin making a customized cookbook!

 

TOUCH:

 

* Teachers have been providing fidget items (i.e. squishy ball, Silly Putty, variety of fabrics, etc.) for students to use to help them regulate. Chances are there are probably other children in the class that could also benefit from having a fidget item. Go to your nearest dollar store and purchase a variety of fidget items so you have enough for whole class. Put the items in a tub, bucket, or other storage container and offer them to any student.

 

* Continue providing math manipulatives so students can learn mathematics by doing mathematics. Even middle school students can benefit from having objects to help them move from the concrete to abstract levels of understanding. The brain is constantly looking for patterns; the use of manipulatives helps the student see the patterns.

 

How else can you incorporate Sensational Senses in your lessons? Click on the speech bubble icon below to post a comment.

 

                                  – Charmaine

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Bloom’s Taxonomy – A Parent’s Guide

Bloom’s Taxonomy – A Parent’s Guide | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it

 Bloom's Taxonomy is a term educators are familiar with.  Now learn how to help parents understand how they can provide higher level thinking activities for their children at home.

 

                                                                    – Charmaine


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ABCya! Friendly Letter Maker - Learn to Write a Friendly Letter!

ABCya! Friendly Letter Maker - Learn to Write a Friendly Letter! | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it
ABCya! Computer Lab: Language Arts - Type a Friendly Letter | This interactive activity helps students to learn the five parts of a friendly letter. By following the step by step guide, students can create a letter and then print it.

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A Boy, Some Bullies and Autism - Patch.com

A Boy, Some Bullies and Autism - Patch.com | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it
A Boy, Some Bullies and AutismPatch.comOne boy's story hits home about how a sharp rise in the incidence of autism means more knowledge, funding—and kindness—is needed. By Heather Borden Herve I'd like you to meet my nephew, Jessie*.
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Story Arts | Storytelling Lesson Plans and Activities

Educational Web site, designed for teachers, librarians, and students,explores the use of storytelling in the classroom to enhance speaking,
listening, reading and writing skills.

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Our apps for Special Education list is HERE!!! | The Spectronics Blog

Our apps for Special Education list is HERE!!! | The Spectronics Blog | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it

You asked.....and we listened! We are so excited to bring you our apps for Special Education list. Starting with just 60 of our favourites (It was SO hard to...


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Not Quite Autism | BrightStar Reader Community

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You've heard of PDD-NOS, but you don't really know what it means. This article is an overview of the subject in easy layman's terms.
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Elementary homework seen as effective tool of education | SeacoastOnline.com

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Seven-year-old Henry Ardito, a first-grader at Little Harbour School in Portsmouth, doesn't mince words when it comes to homework.
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The 5 Levels of Digital Storytelling | Digital Play

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Time Worksheets | Printable Time Worksheets for Learning to Tell Time

Time Worksheets | Printable Time Worksheets for Learning to Tell Time | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it
Printable time worksheets for learning to tell time. Produce clock faces for lesson plans or use for extra practice.
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LEARNING & MEMORY: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget? | Brain World

LEARNING & MEMORY: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget? | Brain World | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it

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Study: MRI reveals brain function differs in math-phobic children

Children who get anxious about doing math have brain function that differs from children who don’t, with math-specific fear interfering with the parts of the brain involved in problem-solving, according to functional MRI (fMRI) scans of 7- to...
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12 Ways to Teach Your Visual Learner | Education.com

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In many ways I am a visual learner.  How about you?

 

This article gives 12 tips in helping children who are visual learners be successful.

 

What tip do you have to share?  Click on the speech bubble icon in the bottom right hand corner and share your ideas!

 

                        – Charmaine


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Inclusion: The Right Thing for All Students – SchoolBook

Inclusion: The Right Thing for All Students – SchoolBook | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it

Cheryl Jorgensen, faculty member at the Institute on Disability addresses the need for schools to be restructured so all children can be presumed competent and educated with their peers.

 

Read her Open Letter to the chief academic officer of New York City Schools.

 

Click the blue Follow button in the top right corner and join us as we share resources about making differences in the lives of children.

 

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Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers

Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers | Special Education in the Elementary World | Scoop.it

Discover great ideas and strategies to use as a teacher with this collection of videos covering Math, Science, English, History and more.

 

                                                                      –Charmaine


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Free Illustrated Story Starters from the Young Writers Workshop

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A collection of illustrated writing prompts for young children...

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