Inclusion

This past summer I had the opportunity to teach summer school. I knew at the start, that some of my students had a tendency to get escalated or leave the room when frustrated. I decided to use a calming space within my classroom to help with this. At the onset, I taught what the space…

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I have found embedded in the day-to-day activities, routines, and structure of my classroom, ample opportunities for the instruction and development of interpersonal skills. One such example is seating, something that I do not leave up to chance. I decided at the onset of starting in general education, that I would switch the seating in…

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Every time I hear the term “sped student” it absolutely makes my skin crawl. Not only is this not person first, it also automatically assigns an identity to the student being referenced. How often is the term “gen. ed student” used in reference to one particular student? I will answer that, rarely, or never. Students…

Read more Advocacy Series # 10 Special education is a resource not an identity…

It is our responsibility to provide EVERY student with opportunities, to learn, improve, and grow.

Every student MUST have a general education teacher… I struggle with even writing this post because the foundation of Equitable Teaching is to ensure that every student has their learning outcomes met through the accessibility of their general education teacher. The truth is however, is that this is often not the case. Every student with…

Read more Advocacy Series #4 Every student MUST have a general education teacher…

In a world that consistently accommodates for adults…
let’s not forget that children and adolescents need accommodations too!

The word “ownership” always comes to mind for me when I think about how we identify and support the learning outcomes for EVERY student in our classrooms. Who “owns’ the responsibility of supporting those learning outcomes?  As I shared in What is Equitable Teaching?, I am of the opinion that the learning outcomes should be…

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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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