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I Need Your Advice

This article and an encounter I witnessed a few mornings ago have left me wondering how to help. On Tuesday morning, as I arrived to the elementary school where I teach and walked through the playground toward my class, I witnessed an encounter between a former student of mine and a general education student. Here’s … Continue reading

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Worthy App: Super Stretch

Worthy App: Super Stretch I’d been searching for a way to incorporate calming, meditative strategies into my daily schedule, especially when trying to help my most scattered students to sit still and focus, and this iPad and iPhone app is PERFECT! It makes soothing yoga stretches fun and accessible for kids. The English version is … Continue reading

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Soothing Music

Studies show that many students focus better and achieve more when listening to music as they work. I have always looked for soothing music to play at specific times in the classroom, but it’s tricky to find the right sound. Some classical and instrumental music is too uptempo and distracting and music I find soothing … Continue reading

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Talking Partners

What You’ll Need: Colored dot stickers for desks Who It’s For: Students who have difficulty speaking to one another, asking questions or having conversations 1. Choose two colors of dot stickers and place them in alternating order on the students’ desks. I’ll use green and yellow, here, as examples. 2. Each morning, write a conversation … Continue reading

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Token Chart

What it is: A behavior strategy to increase motivation and decrease unwanted behaviors Who it’s for: Parents or teachers of children who need motivation to complete tasks or follow directions What you’ll need: A printed copy of this page://emailpangea.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/slide16.jpg , a sheet protector or even a large Ziploc bag, and a dry erase or Vis-a-Vis … Continue reading

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Line Order

What it is:: A line-walking strategy to decrease arguments Who it’s for: Your whole class What you’ll need: Duct tape, a poster chart, Velcro This is seemingly simple, but it has been a HUGE help for students who benefit from structure, predictability, and boundaries. My students used to fight over who would be at the … Continue reading