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strategies to support kids on the autism spectrum

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Aaron Lanou

Preserve Student Dignity: Give ‘em an out

Preserve Student Dignity: Give ‘em an out Aaron Lanou   How often has it happened that you called on a student and she didn’t know the answer? There’s that awkward few seconds when you and all the other students are… Continue Reading →

How to Do the Do Now

How to Do the Do Now by Aaron Lanou   In middle and high school classrooms, the “Do Now” is ubiquitous. It is a necessary element of the lesson, with a dual purpose: 1) it gives students something to do… Continue Reading →

Big Thinking Requires [Consistent] Visuals

by Aaron Lanou   BIG THINKING Teachers regularly ask students to do big thinking: infer what this character is thinking; synthesize what you’ve learned from these various sources; provide relevant evidence for your claim. We may take for granted that… Continue Reading →

The Most Important Three-Word Phrase

The following is the text from a speech delivered by NYU Professor Kristie Patten Koenig at the Doctoral Convocation Speech for NYU Steinhardt, May 11, 2017 First, on behalf of the faculty I would like to congratulate each of you for… Continue Reading →

Directions: Say it in three

Teachers like to talk! When we lead a lesson, support a student, and give class directions, we tend to use lots and lots of language. Seriously. Lots of language. The irony is, much of what we are saying in the… Continue Reading →

Word Sneak for class discussions

Struggle with getting full student participation during whole-class discussions? Word Sneak is an activity that helps scaffold small-group or whole-class discussions for all students. It’s particularly helpful to encourage 100% participation, with support for students who are reluctant to participate…. Continue Reading →

Priming students to ensure success

Students do better when they feel successful and confident. Catching them off guard or unprepared can make them feel quite the opposite. So when posing questions to the class, allow students time to think about their answers without having to… Continue Reading →

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