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Behind the Schoolhouse Door: Eight Skills Every Teacher Should Have Thumbnail

Behind the Schoolhouse Door: Eight Skills Every Teacher Should Have

Posted on November 11, 2010

The story is told of a boy who was seen searching frantically for a coin he had lost. It was dark. The boy was down on his hands and knees beneath the corner street light looking for his coin. He was very intent. A man happened by and asked the boy what he was looking for. It went like this: Boy: “I dropped a coin and I’m trying to find it.” Man: “Where did you drop the coin?” Boy: “Oh, I dropped it over there,” as he pointed to a spot well beyond the area illuminated

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Structuring an Effective Meeting

Posted on November 11, 2010

The Utah Mentor Teacher Academy learned about Effective Meetings from Creative Leadership Partners LLC presenters, ask Wendy Larsen and Dr. Rene Diaz.  The article, How to Run an Effective Meetings, can be read here on the Essential Educator website: http://essentialeducator.org/?p=1526 Additional tips include: Begin every meeting with a Check-in.  Ask everyone to introduce themselves with their current positions and add some key information such as expectations for the meeting or perhaps

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Response to Intervention: Tiers Two and Three – Reflections on Dr. Evelyn Johnson’s UMTA Presentation Thumbnail

Response to Intervention: Tiers Two and Three – Reflections on Dr. Evelyn Johnson’s UMTA Presentation

Posted on November 11, 2010

I recently had the privilege of listening to and learning from Dr. Evelyn Johnson, rx from Boise State University as she presented on Response to Intervention. She primarily focused on identification of “at-risk” students, more about Tier 2 preventative treatment, defining “response” and what to do when students do not respond. Although this initially appears to be large in focus, there were several key ideas that resonated with me, ideas that are not necessarily new, but have taken

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Neurodiversity Pride

Posted on November 11, 2010

The American Psychiatric Association first recognized Asperger disorder in 1994, patient and classified it as a subtype of autism. As the diagnosis became more common, it also took on the label of high functioning autism, and the concept that autism was a spectrum, not a single diagnosis. Our knowledge regarding Asperger grows exponentially, thanks to the Internet. I was interested to learn more about Asperger Syndrome Disorder (ASD), and especially interested in the diagnostics, educational,

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Considerations in Teaching More Advanced Students With Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Posted on November 11, 2010

In this article, search the three terms used in the title will be referenced as “AS” or “the spectrum.” Talents: Many students on the spectrum demonstrate exceptional abilities in a vast array of skills and talents. These can include but are not limited to: exceptional memory, mathematical skills, calendar projections, computers, music, exceptionally early and advanced reading skills (“hyperlexia”), poetry, writing stories and general writing skills, spelling, punctuation and gra

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Assessment of Children Suspected of Having Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted on November 11, 2010

I sat at the table, recipe materials laid out, ready to start my assessment of a five-year-old boy suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This student just started speaking last year, and all of the autism screeners his school team administered had come out positive. Within minutes of meeting him, however, it was apparent that this student was not autistic. He used integrated eye contact, pointing, and verbalizations to let me know he wanted to play with a toy on a high shelf.

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The Individuality of Asperger Syndrome

Posted on November 11, 2010

"A student with Asperger" are words that can bring fear into the heart of the most seasoned teacher. Why are they in my class? Where did they all come from? What am I to do? These questions have very complex answers that often do not feel like answers at all and when all is said and done the student is still yours to deal with. I began my career as a school psychologist in Detroit and then moved on to what was then the country’s largest school for students with autism, sildenafil Burger S

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Helping Students with Autism—Tips for Educators

Posted on November 11, 2010

Essential tips for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders produced by Easter Seals and made available by the American Federation of Teachers. This publication covers common characteristics of students on the spectrum, general teacher tips, teaching social skills, behavioral concerns, and collaborating with families.

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GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!!

Posted on November 11, 2010

We have probably all found ourselves in a social situation that wasn't comfortable or pleasant. Perhaps the group already knew each other and you were the newcomer. It is also possible that you didn't know how to become involved in the conversation or the group didn’t try to include you. Maybe the topic of discussion was something that you knew very little about or didn't capture your interests. Maybe you found your mind wandering to other topics or wishing you were someplace else. Even wo

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Distinguishing Difference from Disability: The Common Causes of Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education Thumbnail

Distinguishing Difference from Disability: The Common Causes of Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education

Posted on November 11, 2010

Communities Flourish When Equity Matters. Education expands our understanding of ourselves, viagra 60mg the worlds in which we live, prescription and the possibilities of what we can become. Students have a right to high-quality learning opportunities in which their cultures, website like this language, and experiences are valued and used to guide their learning. Equity is measured by the degree to which people belong, feel included, and are empowered. Universal equity cannot be achi

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