In the Middle School years, access to the class content can become very challenging.  This is one of the reasons that I have enthusiastically embraced the Chromebook. Tools such as Read&Write for Google give students access to content that they could understand if it were...

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I am not an artist. I draw stick figures. However, I AM a teacher. And the beauty of being a teacher is that I am ALWAYS learning how to do something new. This includes art. As a full-inclusion teacher, art is often one of the avenues I...

I don't pride myself on being an artistic person, so I was nervous about coming up with an idea for my class contribution to the school auction. Pinterest to the rescue! I quickly found a plethora of ideas to choose from, so I settled on a simple,...

Furry Friends: Classroom Reading Buddies   We all remember having our favorite stuffed animals growing up.  From              teddy bears to plush elephants, we all had a furry friend to take with us to            tea parties...

 When I was a little girl, I would often play “school” with my friends or stuffed animals. I’d make attendance sheets, create “lessons”, and grade tests. When I decided to become a teacher, I have to admit that I was still naive to think that teaching...

““Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.” - Common Core State Initiative Website Perseverance and problem solving is one of the overarching goals to the Common Core standards.  How do we attain perseverance, specifically in the sciences and mathematics? Do we teach a lesson on...

I taught a lesson a few weeks ago introducing the topic of unexpected and expected behavior, and I used clips from the movie Elf to do so. We all love Buddy the Elf for his very unexpected behaviors in the movie, but it’s not always...

We are biking, running, walking, skating and riding in Hope Technology School’s annual bike-a-thon. Funds raised will support all of our school’s inclusive programs. Please help us support Hope Technology School!   Date: Saturday, May 17th, 2014 Location: Beginning at HTS and riding along the Baylands Trails Time:         ...