Archive for December, 2013

Accessing the General Curriculum in Social Studies: Inclusion in the Age of STAAR

In this workshop we will: Develop instructional strategies such as use of Graphic Organizers, Visual Aids, Mnemonic Devices, Movement, and Storytelling for teachers in inclusive Social Studies classrooms Align accommodations available to students with disabilities on Social Studies assessments with classroom instruction Engage in brain-based strategies and learn how to apply them in the classroom […]

Making it Stick: Memorable Strategies to Enhance Learning

We all use strategies throughout our day to remember the variety of facts and ideas we need to retain. Strategy use forms a critical part of our learning experience. Strategies help us organize information into patterns and encourage purposeful learning. Our brains are selective. Brains tend to remember information that forms a memorable pattern. It […]

Co-Teaching: Moving Beyond One Teaching, One Assisting

  “To utilize another form of co-teaching, Ms. Bennett will frontload vocabulary words by working with a small group of struggling students, while Ms. Myers introduces the warm-up activity to the majority of the class. ” Read the rest of the article below: http://education.wm.edu/centers/ttac/resources/articles/consultcollaborate/coteachingmovingbeyond/index.php

Allowable Test Administration Procedures and Materials (New Location)

As you may know, TEA has moved the Allowable Test Administration Procedures and Materials (formerly known as the “optionals” or OTAPMs) to the District and Campus Coordinator Manual. That manual has been published online and is available here: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/manuals/dccm/. Information on the ATAPMs begins on page O-11. The relevant language is: These test administration procedures […]

Supplemental Aids Resources

Some students who receive special education services are eligible for the paper-based accommodation, Supplemental Aids. These accommodations can be highly effective when they are closely tied to classroom instruction, and the time to begin implementing their use (if you haven’t already) is now. A few resources: Basic Supplemental Aids Description (TEA) Full TEA Supplemental Aids […]

Straddling the Co-Teaching Fence

Small groups should be the focus of a lesson, not an afterthought. In my fourth grade classroom, most of our students are far more successful when they are taught in small groups than when we try to teach the whole class at once. Interesting blog post here from Johnny Cataffo, from Mansfield ISD: http://www.middleweb.com/10884/straddling-co-teaching-fence/

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