Monday March 10, 2014
When you deal with students with severe challenges, you find that your students struggle with learning the numbers, but more importantly understanding the numbers. We want them to understand one to one correspondence, so they can count out a named number, they can write the number and they can actually create a visual image in their heads of that number. That last one is hard to prove, yet if you use images to add and subtract numbers in your head, you know it is possible.
One of my students arrived with an IEP goal that requires her to be able to count numbers in different formats. I realized this was a powerful way to help students generalize this skill across settings. So, I created a new article with free printable resources you can use to Build One to One Correspondence. Hope these templates provide your struggling students with lots of extra practice.
Friday February 28, 2014
I've been trying to focus on my math resources, but I also realize that I need to build more Common Core State Standard resources. I decided to double up, and write some IEP goals aligned to the common core state standards. I'm working with my students to build place value comprehension right now, so I decided to create IEP goals for the CCSS place value standards. The ones I wrote use the second grade standards: I will add some for middle school (which will include decimals and rational numbers) but I hope these get you started thinking about how you align the standards with your IEP's.
Friday February 28, 2014
I first wrote about the Common Core State Standards when I learned about them at the 2010 Council on Exceptional Children Conference in Nashville. At the time I saw the strength of having a set of national standards that helped us accurately compare the success of different states and evaluate the effectiveness of the public policy that lawmakers put in place and either fund, or fail to fund.
Special educators need to know their way around the Common Core State Standards, since we are required to align our iep's to the standards. At the same time, if we have any hope of succeeding at getting our students on the bottom of the curriculum ladder, we need to know the rungs on the ladder. I also discovered that I don't have any general information. I have written an article in my glossary to address that omission.
Thursday February 27, 2014
Sometimes the holidays just seem hackneyed: but then I remember that these cultural events are important for telling our national "meta-narrative," that explains who we are and why we do what we do. Morgan Freeman may wish to end "Black History Month," but until we really do successfully integrate people of African descent into popular culture it's good to mark the month by sharing some of the stories.
So, too, St. Patrick's Day. We forgot how the immigration of the Irish was considered a danger to true Americanism, an invasion of Papists who would challenge the hallowed protestant assumption of the Anglo Saxon majority. Instead the Irish won their way into the heart of popular American Culture, B'gosh and Begorra.
So, I will read leprechaun stories and talks about Ireland. And wear green on March 17th in honor of my Father's Irish mother (Downey.) I will also provide you with resources to spark the interest of your students and keep them engaged.