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Student Engagement

Student Engagement Authentic Engagement and Student-Centered Learning The concept of student engagement has been sharpened and clarified over the years.  Gone are the days of lecture-style teaching where engagement meant students were compliant, sitting still, and focused on the teacher.  Today, education is moving away from teacher-led instruction to student-centered learning.  You will hear buzz […]

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Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans KNOW THE DIFFERENCE With the implementation of T-TESS, it is important to know the difference in the components of instruction.  Many times educators are expected to write lesson plans that explain in detail the planning process and every aspect of the lesson cycle resulting in ten to sometimes twenty-page lesson plans.  It is

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FAQ: Special Education

FAQ: Special Education What is the responsibility of the teacher regarding modification? The standard classroom teacher is expected to modify methods, materials, and pacing so that students with special needs can benefit from instruction in the well-balanced curriculum within a standard classroom. What do the rules say about help for the classroom teacher? State board

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Special Education Overview

Special Education Placement Sometimes a student initially placed in a standard classroom is unable to function there. When this happens, it is the teacher’s responsibility to ask for a “more restrictive” environment for the student. It is also the responsibility of the teacher to provide adequate documentation for the request to remove the student. When

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Special Education Overview

Special Education Overview In 1975, Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. This act guarantees to all children a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment that will promote academic and social development. For years, special needs children were segregated from the rest of the children in the school. We called

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Working With Parents

Working with Parents It happens every day. Something goes wrong at school. A student goes home and tells his parents. The parents call their favorite school board member. The school board member calls the superintendent. The superintendent calls the principal. At last, someone tells the teacher. Now the teacher must look for help. Too many

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