Workshops on Math IEP Objectives and Data Collection, and Instruction for LD, ADHD, ASD

Announcing 2 workshops for educators working with students with special needs on math. These are designed to be hands on, with immediately implementation and can be delivered to schoolwide or district wide audiences. Identifying, writing, and monitoring progress for IEP math objectives that will support the entire year of math and that will allow all… Continue reading Workshops on Math IEP Objectives and Data Collection, and Instruction for LD, ADHD, ASD

Multiplication by 2-Digit Factor – Scaffolded and Color-Coded

This was used for a student with ADHD who understood how to do the multiplication but would rush and repeatedly made simple mistakes. This grid and color-coding strategy was used as a means of slowing him down. He had to alternate between highlighting and writing each product for an individual multiplication of two digits. This… Continue reading Multiplication by 2-Digit Factor – Scaffolded and Color-Coded

Long Term Effects of Disabilities

Often we view disabilities in the context of the individual as a student, or a child or adolescent. The long term effects may be had to understand or extrapolate based on what we see at the younger ages. There was teacher candidate whom I trained who had ADHD and struggled in the program in which… Continue reading Long Term Effects of Disabilities

Multiplying and Carrying a Tens Digit

Carrying the TENS digit in a multiplication problem is a sticking point for many students. To address this, I use a task analysis approach to zero in on the step of identifying the product for the ONES as a prelude to carrying. In the example below, 5 and 4 are in the ONES place and… Continue reading Multiplying and Carrying a Tens Digit

Making Sense of Fractions – Regrouping with Mixed Numbers

It is easy to get caught up in the steps and rote memorization when working with fractions. The brain processes information more effectively when the information is meaningful. ADHD makes paying attention to rote memorization of steps even more challenging. Below is an excerpt of work I completed with a middle school student who has… Continue reading Making Sense of Fractions – Regrouping with Mixed Numbers

Information Processing Analogy – Big Picture

Effective instruction is effective because it addresses the key elements of how the brain processes information. I share an analogy to help adults (parents and educators) fully appreciate this. Information Processing Model Below is a model of information processing first introduced to me in a master’s course at UCONN. Here is a summary of what… Continue reading Information Processing Analogy – Big Picture

Shopping Cart of Accommodations

Teachers have a thousand tasks to complete every day. Identifying and sharing accommodations is an important one that takes time. This blog post shows a resource that allows teachers to literally shop for accommodations like they shop for items on Amazon or Target. Overview Accomods is an online source of accommodations for special education and… Continue reading Shopping Cart of Accommodations

Token Sheet to Address Target Behaviors

Perhaps the vast majority of students with disabilities need support with math. Their challenges with math can be directly related to their disability or can be the result the effects of an ongoing struggle with math. The later results in what is termed secondary characteristics. When I work with students with a disability, I first… Continue reading Token Sheet to Address Target Behaviors

Classroom Management – Point Sheets

Here are some point sheets or check lists I have used to help shape behavior. This is a follow up to the post on classroom management. Left: for groups Middle: for individuals Right: for students with autism who would benefit from visual schedules