Category Archives: Classroom

What You Didn’t Know You Need To Have A Plan For….

Renay left last week for a quick personal trip. She returned to Los Angeles for a meet up with some friends from college because it was Homecoming. It was a good return for Renay. While many things have been added … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned From the Best Teachers

Paraeducators are pretty much the luckiest trainees that are rarely invested in by their district, school, and sometimes even the students. But currently, in California, some districts have access to grants to pay for the education and training of future … Continue reading

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Process of Modifying or Adapting a Test

If you haven’t had a test by now in a general education class, we kinda wish we were you honestly. Tests happen. They are a fact of school. Whether they’re called ‘assessments’, ‘quizzes’, or something else to decrease stress, it’s … Continue reading

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Skills that All Paraeducators Need

It doesn’t matter if you work with preschool students or high school students: most paraeducators work for the district not their campus, and not the families of the student. At a moment’s notice, you could be working with kindergartners or … Continue reading

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Why You Actually Don’t Need the Answer Key(s)

For the past fourteen years, Renay sometimes wished for the answer key for certain activities. Sometimes, ultimately though, academics is not about the answer. For example name a river in Europe that changed lives for all who lived along it? … Continue reading

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“Wait, We Do Inclusion?”

It usually surprises Renay when she walks into an established district with a veteran teaching staff who have no clue that what they provide is an inclusive education for students with disabilities and who may also be learning a second … Continue reading

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No Really, It Doesn’t Need to Be All Done

In the flurry of projects that get hurled at students this time of year, it’s a good reminder: it’s just school and it doesn’t need to get all done. For years we’ve discussed modifying curriculum and adaptations. But what if … Continue reading

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The Spring Time Slide

It was Alfred Lord Tennyson who noticed that spring time shifts thoughts. And in school, no matter how many of inches of snow or sleet stand between students and the outside, spring changes the tenor of campus. It’s not just … Continue reading

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The Value of Time

Two weeks ago, Renay took a gamble on something in her personal life and wrote up a personal statement and submitted it to a committee for evaluation. She figured in the end, the worse the committee would say would be, … Continue reading

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Repost– 21 Things That Make A Good Paraeducator from Jan. 2014

In May 2014, our blog suffered a major melt down, and as a result, we lost almost all our original posts dating back to the blog’s inception since 2013. Sometimes, we get lucky and we find an older post in … Continue reading

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