Differentiating writing for students on the spectrum

I am always searching for ideas for differentiating for learners with communication, social, and learning needs. This article on differentiating writing instruction for learners with autism is one such resource I have accessed on more than one occasion. This article by Karen Berlin is one of many great articles on supporting diverse learners that can be found [Read more…]

FUN FRIDAY: End of year ideas

Today is the last day of school in our community, so teachers have spent the week celebrating, reflecting, and enjoying their students. If your year is ending soon and your are looking for some quick and easy ‘last week’ rituals and ideas, see this short post by Brandi Jordan on The Teacher’s Lounge. I just […]

Visual schedules, reminder strips and more

If you have students with autism or other disabilities who need the help of visual supports, you may want to examine the photos and examples over at Do2Learn. Picture schedules and visual directions can help students become more independent, learn unfamiliar tasks, and reduce their anxiety about new routines (e.g., checking a book out from […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Powerful PowerPoints

We thought some of you would be interested in some tips for creating better PowerPoint presentations so we went straight to the experts at Presentation Zen. These ideas may help you communicate content more effectively (especially for content that is more complex in the upper grades). Consider that many learners with autism think in pictures […]

Differentiate with passion projects

Project-based instruction is one or the best ways to address diverse learning objectives in a classroom. Projects allow us to provide enrichment as we provide feedback and direction, we can help students practice IEP objectives such as reading, writing, or communication skills, and we get to see students work “outside the box” of seat work […]

FUN FRIDAY: Ready for summer reading…

If this doesn’t inspire your students to prepare their summer reading list, we don’t know what will!

Reading comprehension for students on the spectrum

I have a guest blog about reading comprehension and autism this week on Home Educating Family Publishing. If you have students on the spectrum needing a little extra support in this area, you may want to take a peek.

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: A train ride without leaving the classroom

I can think of no better way to start out Autism Awareness Month than to share this cool Google tool that allows users to take a train through the Swiss Alps. For those that do not know much about autism, trains are a popular special interest area of many on the spectrum and more than […]

FUN FRIDAY: Radio reading

Give your students a microphone and let them pretend to be a broadcaster while reading at their next small group reading center. Miss Kindergarten uses “Radio Reading” to transform reluctant readers into enthusiastic announcers. Your students can build fluency unintentionally, as they entertain their peers with a “show”. This technique can be especially helpful for […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Do you have the time?

Today’s tip is a 2-for-1! I just love the Adapting Creatively blog; it is written by the mother of a young lady with Rett syndrome. She includes so many practical tips for home life and teaching and the idea we are featuring today-the use of visual timers-can actually be used in both situations. Visual timers […]