Special Education

Book Notes: “Routines for Reasoning” – Kelemanik, Lucenta, Creighton

Book Notes: “Routines for Reasoning” – Kelemanik, Lucenta, Creighton

I love those rich conversations with colleagues when they express a thought and you feel like you agree completely, but you’ve never been able to express it that clearly. That’s how Routines for Reasoning makes me feel – the book explores strategies teachers can employ to help develop students’ reasoning and problem-solving abilities. Each of the strategies does such a… Read more →

Experiencing Disabilities in the Math Classroom

Experiencing Disabilities in the Math Classroom

Region 4 Educational Service Center hosted their annual Math Conference, and they usually offer a handful of sessions addressing students with special needs (EL students, students with IEPs, struggling learners, and more). This year, I attended a fantastic session by a new presenter, Leximar Irizarry. The heart of Ms. Irizarry’s session was a cluster of five stations that attempted to replicate… Read more →

Always Moving Closer to the Math

Always Moving Closer to the Math

Meet Taco, my trained snail. I give him signals, and he walks up and down a tree in my backyard. If you’ve worked with integer tiles, you can see some quick connections. The yellow commands look like positive integer tiles, and the red commands look like negative integer tiles. After students experiment with Taco the snail, they are ready to… Read more →

Differentiation & Co-Teaching with TI Navigator

Differentiation & Co-Teaching with TI Navigator

Two of last week’s sessions at T3 in San Antonio highlighted some great strategies to differentiate for Special Education students using TI Nspires and TI’s Navigator teacher software. Andy Aguirre, from Northside ISD’s new Harlan HS, share very practical strategies for differentiating a TI Nspire activity to meet the needs of different learners. She began with a .tns file from TI’s… Read more →