Category Archives: Begining of the Year

Hands Off, Eyes Up

At some point in their academic career, most students with disabilities start having some issues with an adult who may follow them a little closely. Certainly, many students love the extra attention. But many do not. There are subtle methods … Continue reading

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Too Many Words

Renay has come in the last few days in a malaise. Anything extra beyond sleeping and eating has really been put to the back burner. Days are filled with new schedules, new observations, new professional relationships, new students, and new … Continue reading

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You Set the Tone

There are an awful lot of ice breakers in the first week of school. Name games that are old hat to some students, they are brand new to many others. So how do you support a student with ice breakers? … Continue reading

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Early to Rise

The new school year is upon us. Whether you’re a veteran, newly hired, newly reassigned, it’s much like starting a race. There is a lot of hope that goes into the new academic year. Did students grow up over the … Continue reading

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Dear General Education Teacher…

One might consider we are posting this so late. After all, this would be a wonderful letter for the Beginning of the Year series. But we met a series of recently hired folks and we thought we’d share this now … Continue reading

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Settling in For the Marathon

Those initial days when you were trying to figure out how to deal with behaviors, social anxiety, and you’re perhaps making a dent in decision making for academic adaptations. It’s the pattern of enforcing preferred behaviors, modeling academics, keeping track … 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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Building Rapport And Moving to The Next Place in Student/Educator Relationships

Paraeducate, the blog, was moved to Friday because of a special event in Renay’s life that she swears she’ll tell you all about in October. As a part of our back to school series, we’re looking at the process of … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Don’t Break The Copy Machine

Renay wants to tell you first thing: the copy machine was already broken when she arrived in the copy room at 2:00pm exactly at the time when she was supposed to be checking out due for the pre-service day. So … Continue reading

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Ring Ring Goes the Bell

Whether that first bell has sounded for you or not, we’re back for the 2017-2018 academic school year. We hope your summer has been relaxing. We’ve been working away at plans all summer for this year’s blog. With that said, … Continue reading

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