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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 →

Teacher Prompts—Reminders for Teachers

by Laurie DuBos As we begin the new school year and think about working with new or returning students, teachers are often considering how they can better encourage students to remember to follow routines, complete tasks, or wait their turn–usually… Continue Reading →

You’ve been sitting down for how long??

In school, especially middle and high school, we tend to plan period to period. When we plan in period increments it becomes easy to become so focused on the parts that you forget to think about students’ experience across the… Continue Reading →

Simply Magical Post-its

I have a theory:   Office referrals for both behavior problems and academic difficulties would decrease exponentially if teachers were armed with post-its.   Yes, just post-its.   We use them all of the time to remind us to make… Continue Reading →

Catch ’em Being Good

Most people are wired to notice things that don’t match our expectations.  We notice the person facing the wrong way in line or the person speaking loudly when everyone else is whispering.  In the same way our attention is drawn… 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 →

The 45 Second Rule: Using Wait Time to Increase Student Success

Studies have found that teachers typically allow only 1.5 seconds to respond after asking questions. However, research conducted by Mary Budd Rowe found that when teachers embed more wait time there are significant benefits in the quality and attitude of… 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 →

Social Stories

“Social Stories are a social learning tool that support the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people with autism.”  -Carol Gray, creator of Social Stories Social Stories are short, simple stories that describe social situations, interactions,… Continue Reading →

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