Standardized testing is a source of great debate among those in the field of education. Whatever method you choose to measure student progress and program effectiveness, chances are, your child or student will eventually have to endure some sort of standardized testing. Like many other schools,...

One would think that since I am both a mom and a teacher, then helping my children with their homework would be a piece of cake. One would think that, wouldn't they? Alas, such is not the case with this teacher-mom, and my only solace comes...

One of the most anxiety causing rituals in school are tests! We’ve all had a nightmare (or experienced one in reality) of showing up for a test in which nothing on it looks familiar or comprehensible!  You’ve probably also experienced a time in which your...

Have you ever read through the state standards and wondered, "How am I going to teach THAT?" As a first year teacher, I can often feel overwhelmed looking through the California State Standards. One of the areas that can often leave me feeling especially perplexed...

Great Class Management Tools for the New Teacher I am a new teacher, and often friends and family will ask, “How is your  first year of teaching?” I think Rick Smith said it best when he said, “Being a new teacher is like trying fly an...

Ask any child what his/her favorite subject in school is, and you will most certainly hear "recess" from many -- if not, all -- of them. However, for many children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), recess is not their favorite thing about school....

The 8th graders who I teach social studies, wrote  acrostic poems about Martin Luther King, it was perfect timing as they were doing the same thing in Language Arts. Before we began the writing we took the time to watch great videos and the impact...

When the White House put out a request for films about school technology, our students answered the call.  They found advisers, and got together to write the script and plan the shots.  They held the cameras and the microphones: they made it happen.  What you...

Tips for managing a fully-inclusive classroom are really not much different than what you would use to manage a traditional classroom in a regular education setting. However, there are some things that need to be considered and the list below are some of the more...