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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 →

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 →

Using Roles and Building Self-Awareness

School is social and for autistic kids, this can be tricky to navigate. Social situations– essentially any situations where space is shared with others– can be difficult because the expectations are not consistently explicit and clear. Throughout the day, students… Continue Reading →

Fostering Independence in the Classroom

by Lauren Hough-Williams Fall is an exciting time for students and teachers alike: Sharpened pencils, pristine classrooms; new books and opportunities for a new year. There is a mix of nervous anticipation and the excitement of potential in the air…. 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 →

Together in Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity

by Allison Graham Brown   “It seems that for success in science or art a dash of autism is essential.” -Dr. Hans Aspergers   Neurodiversity is a buzz word right now, but what does it really mean?   Well, neurodiversity,… Continue Reading →

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