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11820en-us2014-04-13T14:57:23ZSun, 13 Apr 2014 14:57:23 +0000hourly12000-01-01T12:00+00:00Building the Child You Want
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<p>Yesterday's New York Times Review (4/13/2014) had an interesting piece entitled <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/opinion/sunday/raising-a-moral-child.html?partner=rss&emc=rss">Raising a Moral Child.</a> Surveys have shown that parents across cultural groups are more concerned with raising children who are kind and caring than with focusing on achievement.    It's interesting specifically because parents' stated desire often has little to do with the way they are raising their children.  They may have a picture of the kind of person they hope their child will be but it has little to do with the kind of child that they are raising.</p>...<p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/04/16/building-the-child-you-want.htm">Read Full Post</a></p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/04/16/building-the-child-you-want.htmWed, 16 Apr 2014 10:32:02 +00002014-04-16T10:32:02ZLots and Lots of Hands On Math
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<p>I have found that the best way to help students with disabilities understand the abstractions of math is to give them lots and lots of hands on experience.  I recommend some commercial resources in my article on <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/od/MathematicsforSpecialEducation/fl/Rational-Numbers-Fractions-Ratios-and-Decimals.">Rational Numbers</a>, but I think the ones your students make for themselves may be just as valuable, if not more invaluable.</p>...<p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/04/13/lots-and-lots-of-hands-on-math.htm">Read Full Post</a></p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/04/13/lots-and-lots-of-hands-on-math.htmSun, 13 Apr 2014 14:57:23 +00002014-04-13T14:57:23ZRevisiting Old Resources
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<p>My students just read "Fun with Fish" in our reader, and it seemed a great opportunity to pull out some old resources.  I did <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/od/Preschool-Units/a/Preschool-Early-Intervention-Unit-On-The-Ocean.htm">an ocean unit at ESY</a> two years ago, and realized that using some of those resources would engage my students and could be expanded to support Nevada science standards, learning to sort animals (ocean animals in this case) by characteristics, make observations and generally learn more about ocean environments.</p>...<p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/31/revisiting-old-resources.htm">Read Full Post</a></p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/31/revisiting-old-resources.htmMon, 31 Mar 2014 21:43:29 +00002014-03-31T21:43:29ZFractions for Students with Disabilities
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<p>The new Common Core State Standards have students mastering skills with fractions in third grade:  for students with disabilities, the demands are way too much.  They are expected to compare fractions, find equivalent fractions and add and subtract fractions.  Daunting for general education students, but downright impossible for our students, unless they have a firm foundation of understanding.  In a new article, <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/od/mathfoundations/a/Fractions-As-A-Primary-Foundation-For-Using-Ratios-And-Rational-Numbers.htm">Fractions as a Primary Foundation for Rational Numbers</a>, suggests ways to acquaint and then build skills for students with disabilities.</p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/30/fractions-for-students-with-disabilities.htmSun, 30 Mar 2014 22:28:19 +00002014-03-30T22:28:19ZMore Easter Resources
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<p>I added two new puzzles to my Easter dot to dots for skip counting.  I have two different sets of dot to dots now.  One for the sets, <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/od/holidaysthemes/ss/Skip-Counting-Dot-To-Dots-For-Easter.htm">the original set</a>, offers counting to twenty and counting to one hundred, either by fives (for puzzles to twenty) or by tens (for puzzles to ten.)  This early practice is essential for students to skip count by 5's and tens.  Skip counting will support functional math skills like telling time and counting money.</p>...<p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/23/more-easter-resources.htm">Read Full Post</a></p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/23/more-easter-resources.htmSun, 23 Mar 2014 18:22:32 +00002014-03-23T18:22:32ZBroadening the Math Platform
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<p>After putting up my Easter activities, I decided it was time to go back and attend to my math resources:  I decided to work on one of the most challenging areas of math or students with disabilities (and many typical students.) <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/od/MathematicsforSpecialEducation/fl/Rational-Numbers-Fractions-Ratios-and-Decimals.htm"> Rational numbers.</a> We know them best as fractions, decimals, ratios and percents.  We use them in many ways to represent research, to understand the relationships between different parts of populations . . . in fact, understanding rational numbers is one of the most important skills for people who work in the science and technology fields.</p>...<p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/19/broadening-the-math-platform.htm">Read Full Post</a></p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/19/broadening-the-math-platform.htmWed, 19 Mar 2014 23:19:57 +00002014-03-19T23:19:57ZSimple Tools for Big Jobs
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<p>It seems that since the George W. Bush administration that everyone seems on the make.  I know, I'll get slammed for making a "political comment" and should stick to special education because I know nothing about politics (I did get my picture taken with Erin Bilbray last weekend, but . . . )  Business and making money seem to be the biggest value right now.  The Edison Schools as a corporation, despite their vaunted claims, have failed to meet the supposed promise, though there does seem to be some truth in the notion that corporate interests are stripping the school of resources so they can sell us computerized education.  Yes, "virtual schools" do hire teachers who can teach at the kitchen table in their jammies, but I have questions about whether the performance of a student on a keyboard is truly a full measure of how they are doing as students.</p>...<p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/17/simple-tools-for-big-jobs.htm">Read Full Post</a></p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/17/simple-tools-for-big-jobs.htmMon, 17 Mar 2014 10:51:30 +00002014-03-17T10:51:30ZA Big Shout Out to Liberia
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<p>I was both delighted and distressed to get a response to my last blog posting, Counting Goes On . . . from Daniel Q. Kollie.  I will be writing back to Daniel, and following up on his comment that my site is recommended.  Hmmmm . . .</p>...<p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/15/a-big-shout-out-to-liberia.htm">Read Full Post</a></p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/15/a-big-shout-out-to-liberia.htmSat, 15 Mar 2014 11:19:02 +00002014-03-15T11:19:02ZCounting Goes On . . .
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<p>When you deal with students with severe challenges, you find that your students struggle with learning the numbers, but more importantly <span style="text-decoration: underline;">understanding</span> the numbers.   We want them to understand one to one correspondence, so they can count out a named number, they can write the number and they can actually create a visual image in their heads of that number.  That last one is hard to prove, yet if you use images to add and subtract numbers in your head, you know it is possible.</p>...<p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/10/counting-goes-on.htm">Read Full Post</a></p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/03/10/counting-goes-on.htmMon, 10 Mar 2014 08:04:42 +00002014-03-10T08:04:42Z Building on Common Core State Standards
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<p>I've been trying to focus on my math resources, but I also realize that I need to build more Common Core State Standard resources.  I decided to double up, and write some IEP goals aligned to the common core state standards.  I'm working with my students to build place value comprehension right now, so I decided to create<a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://specialed.about.com/od/specialedacronyms/g/Ccss-The-Common-Core-State-Standards.htm"> IEP goals for the CCSS place value standards.</a> The ones I wrote use the second grade standards:  I will add some for middle school (which will include decimals and rational numbers) but I hope these get you started thinking about how you align the standards with your IEP's.</p>http://specialed.about.com/b/2014/02/28/building-on-common-core-state-standards.htmFri, 28 Feb 2014 09:51:55 +00002014-02-28T09:51:55Z