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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Education Rethink: 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners

A great posting on dealing with the new standards and how to handle the breakdowns into units and lessons. This was one that I wanted to repost so I could remember it and I hope it helps others as well.

Education Rethink: 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners: I hit a point yesterday where I found myself overwhelmed by the standards. I was trying to make sense out of how to organize them into uni...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Wow!  I just signed up and started working on my lesson plans for 2012-13 and was wanting a place to do them online, on the web and yet have great flexibility, PDF printing for filing with the administration, and even with parents.  Thanks to Twitter and some searching on Pinterest I found it!  You can too:
The fee for one teacher is a moderate annual fee (won't break the bank) and for me to have access to my plans online, anywhere, with my phone, my tablet or any desktop, is worth the approximately $1 per month access.

I have already started planning and am excited about getting this tool in the front pocket of my tool-chest! I want to share with my fellow educators and let them see a great classroom tool for the teacher. It even helps us Exceptional Educators by allowing us to enter the IEP goals that we are going to work toward in our plan right beside the  Common Core Standards.

Hope you like it too!

A great listing in a slideshow of a list of Great Apps for Special Needs teachers from Educators Technology....


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Great Ideas in Getting to Know Your Students-Thanks Tom!!

One of the great treats in using Twitter is following some really creative educators and administrators from around the globe.  One such Twitter friend that I follow is Tom Barrett (@TomBarrett) from Nottingham, England.

He has on his blog a set of great ideas and methods for getting to know your students when school begins (my school starts August 1st)...and just using one of these creative ideas is well worth the time if it will bring the students closer and unified at the beginning of the school year, rather than wonder who that new person in the room is; or just what music does Mr. Don listen to?  

Please be sure to watch all of the slides, and if you are like me you will have to press the pause button to make sure you get all of the great information Tom has provided.

While your there you may wish to subscribe to his blog and/or follow him on Twitter. I know I've learned quite a lot from him and look forward to his tweets and blog updates with great interest.

Thanks Tom for the hard work!  Thanks for helping each of us around the globe be better educators!


A great collection of resources for the Inclusive Classroom

A great tool is a Live Binder account. An even better tool is a Live Binder account that is shared by a great resource educator. Such is one that was listed in Twitter today. I was amazed at the content and quality of the Inclusive ideas and information that had been accumulated. You will find, as I did, a wonderful plethora of great materials, resources, and information.

Resources for the Inclusive Classroom
The LiveBinder is sponsored and curated by
Please go to their website for more info and to tell them how their collection has helped you and your co-teachers.