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The Lost Art of Teaching Soundly Structured Lessons

The Lost Art of Teaching Soundly Structured Lessons | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Mike Schmoker discusses the essential elements of effective lessons—and wonders why they are so often violated in schools today.

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susan koceski's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:37 AM

Here is a good article that highlights the importance of solid lesson design by Mike Schmoker with links to explicit instruction and lesson design. 

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Mich. middle school football team conspires for touching touchdown

Mich. middle school football team conspires for touching touchdown | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Olivet Middle School players schemed to give a special needs teammate his moment of glory
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Love these boys!  Completely empathic.  

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Successful co-teaching: What teachers need from their administrators

Successful co-teaching: What teachers need from their administrators | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Co-teaching is a buzzword throughout many school districts and in the world of special education.
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Cohesiveness is often the problem.  Great tips for sharing the teaching!

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24 Things Only Dyslexic People Will Understand

24 Things Only Dyslexic People Will Understand | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
I'm not a slow reader. It's just that all the words and letters never want to sit still.

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Golly.......somehow this warms my heart!

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On Being a Junior Photographer

On Being a Junior Photographer | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
In the early 1970's  I was selected for our elementary's "enrichment" program.  I suspect it had something to do with test scores.  There were just a handful of us little ragamuffins excited about ...
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Inquiry should not be saved for only "the few".  

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Center for Literacy and Disability Studies — clds

Center for Literacy and Disability Studies — clds | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
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An important resource for those teaching/learning with students who have significant cognitive disabilities.  

 

EXEMPLAR TEXT SUPPORTS

A collection of open-source, accessible texts that were created to provide students with significant cognitive disabilities with access to the content of the Exemplar Texts listed in Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards at a complexity level that will help them develop reading skills.

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How Technology Is Changing Education For Students With Disabilities

How Technology Is Changing Education For Students With Disabilities | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
New technology is changing the world of education for students with disabilities. From autism to hard of hearing and other challenges, technology is starting to make a big difference.
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Some tech tips for students with disabilities

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PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core

PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
The 17-state governing board adopted a manual that gives guidelines on issues such as read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts tests, and calculator usage on the math test.
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UPDATE: PARCC has posted online the materials on accommodations for special education students and common-core testing that it made available to its governing board. Please see memo to the board that outlines the contents of the policy; a PowerPoint presentation on the manual, and a draft of the final policy. An edited version is planned for release in late July.  

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6 Innovations in Social Emotional Learning

Tom Vander Ark is an education advocate, advisor, and author of Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning is Changing the World. Tom is Founder and Executive Editor of Getting Smart and a partner in Learn Capital.


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Social emotional learning "teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, effectively and ethically,"

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Special Education Teachers Are “Moderately Satisfied”?

Special Education Teachers Are “Moderately Satisfied”? | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Special Education Teachers Are "Moderately Satisfied"? - #TeamInclusion #spedchat http://t.co/YWzyEOs5oM #jobs
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8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom

8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
This post shares 8 assistive technology tools for disabled and ECE students in the classroom.
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"Thankfully, educators today can implement many new technologies to make their courses more accessible at little to no cost, to aid students with disabilities, whether those students are in a traditional or online classroom. While most people may be familiar with alternative keyboards and touch screens that replace traditional touch-type keyboards for people with mobility challenges, other new technologies are constantly in development, and each is a great boon to the learning process, opening doors, expanding learning experiences and even broadening the parameters of what can be learned for millions of students."


Tools for greater accessibility..........

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Teresa Pearl's curator insight, January 10, 2014 8:12 PM

Short list of great AT tools that can easily be implemented in inclusion settings.

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Lesson Design

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I am pondering the notion of "good" lesson design.  From the document:  

 

'Guiding questions and Learning Maps serve at least two major purposes. First, teachers 

may be better prepared to teach their classes if they have a very clear understanding of
the objectives and content that they will be teaching in their classes. Second, students
may learn better if they have a very clear understanding of the connections between what
they are, what they have, and what they will be learning."

 

 

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Thinking Deeply in Kindergarten

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As part of our county's effort,  a fabulous network of schools exploring Harvard University's Culture of Thinking framework has been created.  Participants are able to attend "walk throughs" at a d...
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Students with IEPs, even YOUNG ones, CAN be taught to THINK deeply!  

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Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Daily collaborative planning time at Mesquite Elementary enables teachers to plan differentiated instruction to address the progress of each student. Credit: Zachary Fink


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Many, many resources to meet the needs of everyone!

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Does Homework Always=Learning?

Does Homework Always=Learning? | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
This post is in response to this week's question from the 2014 Teacher Leadership Challenge This summer, I experienced first hand a small taste of what some of my students experience on a nightly b...
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"” We need to be more focused on how students learn the material and can apply what they learn, and not be so hung up on the need for repetitive “practice” (homework.) Let’s focus on the game for students, recognizing what they know and have learned and how they can apply this information."

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SmarterBalanced : Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines

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Smarter Balanced
Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and
Accommodations Guidelines

SBAC has released their Usability, Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines.

 

They can be found at:

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/SmarterBalanced_Guidelines_091113.pdf

  
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Innovations in Special Education | eSchool News | eSchool News

Innovations in Special Education | eSchool News | eSchool News | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

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A few new ideas , just to kick around.

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Teaching For Understanding Project Organizer

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This is a project organizer from Project Zero Teaching for Understanding.  It was created as a way to help teachers organize a unit of study in ways that keep learning and thinking at the forefront; student inquiry a priority.  


This framework is a guide that can help keep the focus of educational practice on understanding, while allowing teachers flexibility to design units that fit their priorities and teaching style.

 

for more information of  Teaching For Understanding , go here:  

http://www.uknow.gse.harvard.edu/teaching/TC3-1.html

 

 

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"If You Listen, You Will Hear Us"

A Leicestershire-produced DVD and guidelines aimed at involving people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) in the planning and commission...

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They not only have the rights, but they have opinions (likes and dislikes).  They cannot communicate in ways we prefer (with spoken language).  But they do communicate.  

If you learn to listen, you will learn to hear them.  

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Monica Braat's curator insight, July 27, 2013 5:18 PM

Great information about "Communication Passports" in the later part of this video!

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The Genius of And

The Genius of And | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
I am prepping by reading the packet of articles for a class through Harvard's Project Zero next week. The mini session is called "Effective Professional Learning Communities:  Supporting Learning i...
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Know where they are.  Know what they need.  

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Accessibility and Accommodation Manual for Students with IEPs

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A group of states designing tests to measure how well students are mastering the common standards last week approved a slate of testing supports that includes read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts assessment for students with disabilities and written word-to-word translations to some English-language learners' native languages.

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Grit Is A Better Indicator Of Life-Long Success In Children

Grit Is A Better Indicator Of Life-Long Success In Children | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
If you find yourself asking what is a good indicator of future success in life the answer seems to be Tenacity Trumps Talent! Tenacity, or [...]

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Tenacity trumps talent!

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The Five Secrets To Being A Special Education Teacher And Still Love Your Job

The Five Secrets To Being A Special Education Teacher And Still Love Your Job | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
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Some really great tips for special educators who want to thrive !

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The Big Four - Get connected to the best resources for The Big Four

The Big Four - Get connected to the best resources for The Big Four | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
The Big Four Community Ning is a year round learning network to support Instructional Coaches, Classroom Teachers and Educational Leaders.
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Resources for "the Big Four':  Classroom management, content planning, instruction, assessment

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Special Education: Success Story with ADD And ADHD

Special Education: Success Story with ADD And ADHD | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Based on nearly 40 years, here are my tried and true teaching strategies to garner success with ADHD and ADD students demonstrated through this fossil activity.
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