5 critical mistakes schools make with iPads (and how to correct them)

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and has seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration. While there are many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, EdTechTeacher's been  struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads. … [Read more...]

Resources to help teachers combat bullying

Bullying is a complex issue that requires a multi-level approach if we are to put an end to it. Because educators are seeking strategies and practical approaches, Teaching Tolerance has pulled together resources including magazine articles, quizzes, guides, and classroom activities in Bullying Basics. (posted January 13, 2013) http://www.tolerance.org/supplement/bullying-basics … [Read more...]

The use of RTI to identify students with LD: Review of the research

In the Use of RTI to Identify Students with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Research, Drs. Doug Dexter and Charles Hughes present the regularly stated criticisms of the current LD identification methods and review the latest research on the impact of RTI as a method for LD identification. They explore whether that research addresses the concerns and criticisms its proponents have about the use of the IQ discrepancy method or if additional research … [Read more...]

Autism: Evidence-based practices

Want to know more about what professional practices have been found to be effective with children on the autism spectrum? Explore the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders' Evidence-Based Practice Briefs. The Center has created briefs on each of 24 identified evidence-based practices. A rich treasure trove, indeed! (posted January 24, 2013)http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/briefs … [Read more...]

Caring for the medically fragile child in the school setting

The presence of children with special healthcare needs in schools has broadened the responsibilities of teachers, school nurses, paraprofessionals and other school employees. This publication, The Medically Fragile Child: Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs in the School Setting, comes from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). It educates school personnel on their roles and responsibilities in relation to children with special healthcare … [Read more...]

6 tips for brain-based learning

In this free classroom resource guide, you’ll get practical tips across the K-12 spectrum -- a reading list and a variety of resources to help you learn more about this fascinating field. To help you and your students learn more about their own brain power, Edutopia has also included a bonus project that will get students thinking critically about how they learn. (posted March 1, 2013)http://www.edutopia.org/brain-based-learning-strategies-resource-guide  … [Read more...]

Educator manual | Supporting the student with Down syndrome in your classroom

This educator's manual describes the special educational needs that students with Down syndrome often have and discusses teacher strategies for addressing those needs in the general education classroom. (posted March 1, 2013)http://www.dsawm.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=EdUFKA910ek%3D&tabid=87  … [Read more...]

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