Special Education Support in a Grid Classroom

Meghan PahlkeBlog, Differentiate Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better, Reflect Better

TL:DR: The Grid Method can be effective with all students, including those with IEPs. When building a Grid, be proactive in making accommodations ahead of time. Both the general education teacher and the special education teacher have an equal role in the classroom. At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, my general education co-teacher and I were ready to … Read More

Episode 44: Leading Behind the Scenes with Dr. Amy Mathews-Perez

Darrin PeppardLeaning Into Leadership

From her ‘messy leadership’ perspective, Dr. Mathews-Perez shares how leaders can use modest expertise to embrace everyone’s reality. AMP, as her friends call her, shares her story of management blinders, being an impatient learner, and shares tips on how leaders can be truly effective. That, plus your #PepTalk and more on this week’s show. MORE EPISODES

See the Ability Behind a Disability

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Differentiate Better

TL;DR: Understanding differing abilities help us define the obstacles and the bias about ableism. Lesson plan ideas on talking about abilities and special needs by putting the person first. Explore a growth mindset while learning about biased perspectives. Equity and Inclusion Reflection Questions: Why does the society we live in consider able-bodied individuals as having more value? Think of a … Read More

Independence is Messy: Student Independence

Teach Better TeamBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: It’s often easy to judge what students will be able to do for themselves. Teaching behaviors may help students master life skills within the classroom. Check to see if there is a missing skill that is preventing them from learning the next steps. Supporting independence builds students up! New Student I had the opportunity of gaining a new student … Read More