Category Archives: Classroom

We All Fall Down…

If you missed the headline, after seventeen years of working in secondary, Renay was assigned to work elementary this year. Despite the fact that the majority of the students Renay has been working with are just smaller than students she … Continue reading

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Thresholds

Renay started this month talking about a teacher she used to work with. While there were things about this teacher she just did not like, there were many take aways from the way the class was conducted that made sense. … Continue reading

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Hard. Good. Essential

It probably should not be a surprise that Renay was riveted to the television, like generations before her for the moon landing, for the Challenger Explosion, September 11th. And now, a presidential election that has broken a glass ceiling– a … Continue reading

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I’d Do Anything…

Renay spent this week looking at the sky. If you don’t know, the sky in much of California is either dayglow orange or yellow soot grey. Neither is healthy right now. Renay has been nearly trapped inside working on work … Continue reading

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Little Talks

Renay has been working with teachers, service providers, and parents across the country and consulting about distance learning. She will be the first to tell you that she is hardly an expert about distance learning. While this seems to be … Continue reading

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How To Motivate At A Distance

In other years, when we talk about ‘motivating at a distance’, we are usually talking about a paraeducator being on the other side of the classroom or maybe from another classroom entirely. This is the one time when we might … Continue reading

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From A Distance

Renay was really wrapped up last week with last-minute meetings. Like many other public school campuses across the country, Renay’s campus is becoming a distance learning model for the time being. There are a few things that have happened in … Continue reading

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Making Connections

February is a packed month in ParaEducate. There are a lot of things that need our attention at this time of year. Renay just came by with a sticky note of a list of things, but we were not up … Continue reading

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Magical, Mystical, Modifications

Renay was called to task this week for failing to provide any modifications in a class. Before anyone gets on sides, Renay was pretty upset. Though the class has been working on the particular assignment for a month, it has … Continue reading

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Laugh. Educate.

When the week has been hard because all the students can think about is a day off, you can feel like you are just counting the minutes along with the students. But there are some moments of clarity. Renay has … Continue reading

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