April showers may or may not be in your part of the world, but spring is starting to feel more spring-like for sure! April is Poetry Month!
There are a lot of words that get thrown around in the special education world. Two of the most frequently used, and least understood, are modifications and accommodations. Every child on an IEP has both of these. Every child on a 504 plan has one of these. Actually, teachers make adjustments for every child in […]
So, your child has been referred for special education. Suddenly you are dumped into a world of acronyms and forms and legal jargon. It can be overwhelming. This month, let’s break it down. We’ll start with a basic, and common, question. IEP vs 504 Plan? What’s the difference?
Women. We make up just a little bit less than 50% of the total global population. We have been around just as long as men. As a gender, we have scientists, rulers, authors, artists, composers, doctors, teachers, and pretty much every career path ever. For much of our species existence, women have been on the back […]
We are military families. We move. A lot. And everything is fine, kind of, when it’s just you and your spouse and maybe a dog/cat/goldfish. But now you have kids, and they go to school. So your military moves have taken on a WHOLE new dimension: which district has the BEST schools.
Getting the kids dressed, fed, and out the door in a reasonable time can be tough, especially when you and your spouse also need to prep for the work day. However, there are definitely ways to optimize your morning routine.
Find out how with my best school day morning routine, parents edition!
It’s the latest thing in education. Chances are that your child’s teacher has been talking about SMART goals all year long. You see the signs and charts all over classrooms and schools. So you nod your head. You act like you know all about it. All the while you are inwardly scratching your head, confused […]
It’s (almost) Winter Break! That glorious week plus reprieve from school for kids, and added entertaining responsibilities for parents. Teachers will tell you that kids will forget a few things over winter break, but there are easy ways to keep learning over winter break.
Today is Giving Tuesday, a day devoted to charitable giving of all kinds and to all places. And the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is full of opportunities, both big and small, to give to others and give back to our communities or to a favorite cause.
Now you know WHY you should use Khan Academy to teach, but how exactly do you set it up for success? Sure, there are guides on the website, but I’m a real teacher who really used this platform to teach my very real fourth grade students.
Khan Academy has been a lifeline in my classroom, and personally.
If you don’t know Khan, you need to get to know this awesome educational service ASAP.
Trip are awesome, and that’s a (mostly) fact! Taking a trip to anywhere gets you out of the house and experiencing something new. When you make a trip something that is educational, everyone in the family benefits!
Every year, the struggle is real: what to get for the teachers in your life. Seriously, this is tough. There is a ton of stuff out there that is marketed at teachers, but most of it is actually useless or will just take up valuable space. So here’s what teachers really want (and need from you) for any gift giving occasion, straight from this teacher to you!
If your child has been experiencing significant academic or social/emotional challenges, now is the time that is begins to be discussed and interventions begin to be put into place. As a parent, this can be very overwhelming and frightening. Suddenly, your precious child has been identified as potentially having special educational needs. Take a deep breathe and let me help guide you.
It’s popcorn month! And that is way cool, because it means some awesome things for both parents and teachers. Here’s how to make popcorn, yes popcorn, educational AND fun!