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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Monday, January 19, 2009


The videos brought a new prospective on what special needs students may have to go through day to day. The video hasn't really changed the way that I view the special needs students, I have a special need student in my class but he really doesn't seem to function in that way he has some moments but for the most part he displays that he is just one of the other students. He has asked that he be treated as the other students to the RVI teacher that would assist him. On thing that I can say is the time that we watched the last video that upcoming week I had a conference with the student's parents and I used the technique they gave in starting off with something positive about the student and not negative things


AimeeMcD said...

I admire that you you were able to use the technique. I am thinking this spring during IEP these techniques will be a huge help for you as the teacher and for the family. I am wondering what kind of response you recieved from the child and the parents? I am glad to hear that the child wants to be treated the same and not receive any special treatment. That speaks volumes about the child. Good luck!

Riley said...

I totally agree. It is funny how the videos pointed out things that we wouldn't think about. I also agree that the video didn't change the way I view students. It did enhance my understanding of them though. About a quarter of my students are special needs students.I have a combination of students who do not want to be treated differently and those who do want to be treated differently. It is great to see students who have the drive to perform to the best of their abilities. I heard a really neat name for a strategy to use when talking to parents. It is called the Oreo strategy. This is where you start and end with something positive (the cookie part.) Then, in the middle you address the areas that you are concerned about (the filling part.) Other teachers say that this is very effective.

Jayna said...
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Jayna said...

I worked as a para in special ed for about 8 years and we always made sure to give the parents positive information as well as the negative issues. I used to make a book about our non-verbal severe students entitled "Look what I can do". Then I filled the book with pictures of them doing things that most of us take for granted...smiling, looking at you, etc...this really helped the parents. Like all parents, the parents of special needs children love to hear "braging" about their child.