Category Archives: Skills Lesson

Looking Ahead, Looking Out, and Looking At the Present

Renay is back from her trip to Santa Barbara where she met up with a local school there to explain the benefits of #BetterTogether and #TeamInclusion. The specific details, we’re not going to share, but we look forward to hearing … 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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Giving Choice and Respecting the Choice

This week snuck up on us, we’re afraid. Grade reports came out and it’s a little hard to see over the weeds right now, but we’re treading water with our students trying to make it to the first quarter grades … 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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Where To Put Your Worries

It goes without saying, special education is unlike a lot of jobs. There’s a lot of moving pieces and not all the moving pieces move at the same rates in the same direction. And the student you just saw happy … Continue reading

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Politics (and a Little Bit of Religion)

The adage is “to not talk about politics and religion in the workplace”. What they forgot to say, unless you work in a school. And especially when discussing classes of History and US Government. While ParaEducate is not going to … Continue reading

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Choosing Literature Part 1: The Background

So earlier this month, Renay was working on a new blog post and then after a few key conversations, she realized she was about to blog post something and she had just made a list of suggestions with no real … Continue reading

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What Does 2016 Have In Store?

The New [calendar] Year has started, and it’s been busy days as we’ve returned to work. But 2016 is more than just moving into another grading period and approaching the bunches of Mondays off that happens every year. We’re really … Continue reading

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The Potpourri of ParaEducate

Perhaps the most unique aspect of paraeducating and running everything ParaEducate for Renay is the medley of work that sprinkles its way into daily life. At the top of the list is something we’ve talked about for a few weeks … Continue reading

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