We are getting close to our fall conferences here in my Chicago suburb and it got me thinking about some of the questions I liked to ask families during my classroom days. Conferences are typically centered on what is happening in the classroom, but during that first set of meetings, I often shifted the focus to the families and the student. I would ask how they thought the year was going, what “wins” they had experienced, what questions they had and so on. Many of my students didn’t have reliable ways to communicate with me, so getting that information was key to school success. If you can relate to this scenario, I have created a form that you can download and use for family conferences, IEPs, or other parent/guardian meetings.
I love playing music when I present or work in classrooms. I have playlists related to collaboration, movement, reflection, and other activities. Today, I want to share one of those lists with you, my inclusion-themed playlist! Hope you enjoy it and have fun creating your own lists related to connection, belonging, and community.
We may be sheltering in place, but Coaster refuses to “stay”! I have made him available to all of you as of last week via my YouTube channel.
To support teachers and families who are teaching and learning virtually, I released this video so teachers of young children can share storytime with their students, and teachers of older students can craft lessons about writing (e.g., “Tell the story of pet adoption from a pet’s point of view”; “Coaster thinks his wheels are wonderful. What do you think is wonderful? Write a short story (or picture book) to help others understand how you think/feel about your wonderful thing/person/idea).”
Have your own copy of Coaster and want to make your own video? No problem. I own the copyright for this book so you are all welcome to make your own public videos, classroom clips, etc. Pass it on. This video of me reading of Coaster is free for all of us to use, read and share now and in the future!
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I have had such a great fall visiting schools, districts, and organizations around the country, but also here in my own backyard of Chicago.
It is really amazing to see teachers come out of their classrooms to learn about inclusion or differentiated instruction or autism on one of the first days of the school year. I know it is not easy to get away this time of year, but I always hope that participants in my workshops find ...
I absolutely love stories as a way to share ideas and illustrate positive practices. This video was sent to me by Indrani Solomon and her son Pranoy. It is a glimpse inside Pranoy's life as a friend, classmate, athlete, and student. Here is a bit of what Indrani wrote about ...