emotional behavioral disorders

Likely if you have worked in education for any length of time and even more likely if you work in special education, you have been on the receiving end of disrespect by a student. As challenging as this may be, it is our responsibility as educators to maintain a sense of rational detachment in these…

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The goal of intervention is to help students develop skills. As educators when we recognize that a student may need additional support in a skill area, interventions must ALWAYS be considered before special education services. The skill area may be academic, speech and language, social, functional, behavioral, organizational, or a specific focus unique to the…

Read more Advocacy Series #9 Intervention begins with self-reflection…

The foundation of any Individual Education Program (IEP) or Educational Evaluation that is done within the United States is truly rooted in the laws outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Yet, my goal will not be to detail those verbatim because quite honestly that would be really boring for me to write…

Read more Advocacy Series #1 Yes, it is a legal process, but that shouldn’t scare you away…

The picture at the top of this post is one of my most favorite. It was taken about six years ago on a family trip to Myrtle Beach. We have a larger version of it hanging in our living room and it caught my eye as I was sitting back and observing the conversation between…

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Fixed Perspective of Behavior

Uncooperative, difficult, defiant, rude, disrespectful, naughty, etc.

Growth Perspective of Behavior

Communication, skill-based deficits, mental health, regulation.

Implementation is the residue of design, and when done with fidelity provides a proactive and responsive approach to teaching. EVERY student in our classrooms can be supported during implementation when we believe… …that it is our ROLE to support the learning outcomes of EVERY student. …that we need to establish RELATIONSHIPS with EVERY student. …that…

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Planning… such an essential component of education. There is a definite scope and sequence to our work. A process that supports effective instruction and classroom management. When we plan we consider so many factors; curriculum, test scores, class size, time, resources, classroom management, systems and routines, just to name a few. Each derived from expectations…

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Within the sphere of education there are many different titles. There are the members of a school board, custodians, psychologists, general education teachers, the superintendent, paraprofessionals, counselors, various administrators, principals, special education teachers, specialists, social workers, school nurses, cafeteria staff, etc. This list is by no means exhaustive, however it is representative of the varied…

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Invisible Obstacles - Designed with the Vecteezy Editor

If you spend any time on social media it is likely that you have seen the image of three children watching a baseball game in two different scenarios. The first scenario is labeled equality. It depicts the three children, each of different heights (one short, one average, and one tall), all standing on a same…

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Ebb and Flow

Every social situation that we encounter has a distinct culture. Consider a grocery store. Have you ever heard the sound of a glass jar crashing to the floor? Or possibly witnessed the toppling of a perfectly arranged stack of boxed cookies? Surely, you’ve been in the check-out line and witnessed a child screaming in agony…

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