To be fair to me, I’ve worked in Special Education for the past 21 years, in 7 countries, and I’ve seen ‘preferred seating’ and ‘preferential seating’ when listing accommodations. This post describes why ‘preferential seating’ makes the most sense once I sat down and thought about it. … More Is PREFERRED SEATING an Accommodation?
Inclusion has been a push for the past few years and it has made a lot of changes in international schools where there is less pressure and less government oversight pushing schools towards best practices. But in this article I document what I’ve seen and where I think things are going. … More Inclusion is Easier Said Than Done: Learning Support (SEN) in International Schools
What is working memory? This is something I always think I know, but then can’t give the best definition in my head when it comes up. Or can’t come up with good accommodations off the top of the head when trying to help a student. So when I came to a new school recently and … More WORKING MEMORY: What it is and how you can Support it in the Classroom
The Break Pass or Allow Breaks accommodation pops up in many IEPs, but you don’t always see it implemented in the day to day. This article outlines how I have used it with some students on my caseload. … More The “Break Pass” IEP Accommodation
Getting everything done as a Learning Support or Resource teacher can be hard. There are a lot of moving pieces. This post shares a system I use to make sure I follow up on everything possible. … More One way I stay Organized as a Learning Support (Resource) Teacher
Getting everything done as a Learning Support or Resource teacher can be hard. There are a lot of moving pieces. This post shares a system I use to make sure I follow up on everything possible. … More How I Follow-up as a Learning Support Teacher
Math can be a tricky subject for students, and also Learning Support teachers. I wrote this post to share what I do to support teachers and students in a push-in and pull-out environment for math. … More MATH Learning Support: Notes from a Resource Teacher
If you are only doing the One Teach, One Assist model of co-teaching or push-in support you need to level up and try to implement the other models as much as possible. This post and video give an overview of how to do the 6 models of co-teaching/push-in support, and examples from my current practice. … More 6 Co-teaching Models: Engaging all Learners through Push-in Support
Standardized testing in schools is a hotly debated topic. This article explores the reasons for standardized testing from a Special Educator’s perspective. … More Is Standardized Testing Really that Bad? A Special Educator’s Perspective
Sometimes parents needs some help, but who is going to help them? Sometimes Special Education teachers and case managers can be the ones to help build parenting best practices. … More Teachers Teaching Parents to Parent: Is there a place for teachers to guide parents in best practices?