Long Range Planning in Regards to Math for Students Receiving Special Ed Services

Below is a photo of a hyper-doc that I use to map out a long range plan for math services and academics for students receiving special education services. Here is a link to a video explaining how the document is organized and how it “works.” (Note, the image of the document on the video is… Continue reading Long Range Planning in Regards to Math for Students Receiving Special Ed Services

“They Will Never Need This Math”

As a parent of a child with a disability and as a math educator, I am repeatedly struck by the fact that a group of adults (educators and professionals) convene to discuss and plan how to help a child. A great deal of time, resources, and money is concentrated on that child. Awesome! Unfortunately, in… Continue reading “They Will Never Need This Math”

Progress, but in What Direction!?

In the video, Charles Barkley has made great progress getting to Annapolis for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Problem is, the tournament was in Indianapolis. For obvious reasons, in special education we frequently discuss and recognize progress. As in the commercial, there can be a lot of progress, but in what direction? Is it moving the… Continue reading Progress, but in What Direction!?

Math Intervention is Packing a Suitcase

In working with students with special needs on math programming and services, a common and important issue is that the student is behind and there is a tension between math intervention to fill gaps and addressing ongoing grade level content. Unpacking the situation There is no single grade level for math, as is the case… Continue reading Math Intervention is Packing a Suitcase

Mailbag Jan 25, 2019

Are you a parent of a student with special needs who is struggling with a math topic? Are you a teacher figuring out how to differentiate for a particular student on a math topic? Pose your question and I will offer suggestions. Share your question via email or in a comment below. I will respond… Continue reading Mailbag Jan 25, 2019

Slippery Slope – 3rd Grade Multiplication Word Problems to Slope in Algebra

Top left is a scaffolding I use to help students learn to solve math problems using multiplication (3rd grade). The situations are typically rate problems (e.g., 5 pumpkins per plant or $2 per slice of pizza) although the term “rate” is not used yet. The same concept of rate plays out in high school with… Continue reading Slippery Slope – 3rd Grade Multiplication Word Problems to Slope in Algebra

Mailbag Jan 26, 2019

Are you a parent of a student with special needs who is struggling with a math topic? Are you a teacher figuring out how to differentiate for a particular student on a math topic? Pose your question and I will offer suggestions. Share your question via email or in a comment below. I will respond… Continue reading Mailbag Jan 26, 2019

Graduation, Now What?!

I believe that the high school diploma is widely viewed as the end game of K-12 education. The purposeĀ of special education focuses on life AFTER the diploma. The focus of our collective efforts should be on NOW WHAT? I have posted on this topic and want to circle back to it. If the purpose of… Continue reading Graduation, Now What?!

1 and 2 Step Word Problems – Important First Dominoes PART 1

Several special education teachers responded in a poll indicating that the most difficult math topic to teach in elementary school is solving multi-step word problems. This happens to be a topic that is massively important and the first of several dominoes that will fall all the way through high school and beyond. One and two-step… Continue reading 1 and 2 Step Word Problems – Important First Dominoes PART 1

Standards vs Deficits and Long Range Plans

I’ve had discussions with multiple caregivers and parents recently about IEP objectives and evaluation/assessment. I think this is not only an important issue but is an issue that is a foundation for special education. The purpose of special education, as established in IDEA, is outcome based. The focus is on the future life of the… Continue reading Standards vs Deficits and Long Range Plans