Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tasks Galore!

Another long break. Thought it might be the end of the blogging, but I was loaned these fantastic books that have really inspired my special education practice and I felt the good word about them had to be spread. Tasks Galore! is loaded with great ideas and examples of practical job and life-skills tasks to support exceptional students. The authors outline how to put the tasks into practice and the reasons why exceptional students learn best through tactile/kinesthetic exercises. The tasks require preparation and materials, but they'll quickly inspire your creativity. You'll be looking at all the "useless" things lying around your home in a different way.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Reading and Writing Site

It's been too long since the last post, I know. Thankfully it's because I've landed a temporary position until the end of February. That really shouldn't be an excuse for not posting a link or two, but I have been faced with the challenge of differentiating instruction for ten developmentally delayed youth, all with very different levels of cognitive, physical, and social ability. The days are busy and the evenings equally consuming, but dodgeball on Tuesdays, soccer on Fridays, and delicious meals at home (see the menu here) are the life preservers keeping me afloat.

At school this week, we will be continuing with a creative writing project. While researching methods of teaching creative writing for new and developing readers and writers, I came across this site. Thought I'd share it, if you haven't already made it a tab in your bookmarks list.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

~William Wordsworth