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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Learning Strategies

Thanks to Julie Frost, ESL Coordinator for District 211 and current participant in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists, for her insights!


In foreign language we used this strategy a lot and I use it in ESL too. Text to self; text to text; text to world. These sentence starters were given to me.
Text-to-self:
What does this remind me of in my life?
What is this similar to in my life?
How is this different from my life?
Has something like this ever happened to me?
How does this relate to my life?
What were my feelings when I read this?
Text-to-text:
What does this remind me of in another book I’ve read?
How is this text similar to other things I’ve read?
How is this different from other books I’ve read?
Have I read about something like this before?
Text-to-world:
What does this remind me of in the real world?
How is this text similar to things that happen in the real world?
How is this different from things that happen in the real world?
How did that part relate to the world around me?
I found this cartoon which I thought was cute!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Something to Make You Smile and Celebrate!

The 2018 Gerber baby was just named, and he is Lucas Warren, the first child with Down syndrome to receive the honor.
The 18-month-old from Dalton, Ga., was selected as “2018 Gerber Spokesbaby” from more than 140,000 photos submitted by parents.
Let's celebrate the widening of America's perspective!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

More Great Classroom Advice for Special Learning Needs Students and for ALL Students

Rhonda Barbeau from Township High School District #211 and a current participant in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists shares the following effective classroom strategies:

1. Make sure students understand the directions. Whether it is visually, auditory or however they learn.

2. Show the students what the end project will look like.

3. Show the students on a graph, or checklist, or whatever works, that they are making progress. If a student has stalled at a certain point, it is a flag to me there is confusion and I need to help them out.

4. Every step can be broken down. Even if you think you cannot break down a step anymore, take time to think about it and find a way to break it down even more.

5. Patience, and encouragement every step of the way.

6. Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility! The best-laid plans don't always work. Then drop back 20 and punt. (Sarah's favorite - always good advice - especially good for Super Bowl weekend!)

Thanks Rhonda!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Great Classroom Advice for Special Learning Needs Students and for ALL Students

Marilyn Benjamin from Oakton Community College and a current participant in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists shares the following effective classroom strategies:
  • Begin with discussion of the goals and objectives for each lesson
  • Use problem-based learning providing a bigger picture unit/lesson question and have students discuss in groups possible solutions or answers
  • Offer lesson materials in a variety of learning preferences and include technology
  • Do something fun and challenging related to the lesson (games from the Internet , Jeopardy, Family Feud or solve riddles)
  • Give formal and non-formal assessments allowing re-teaching of material when necessary
  • Use small group work for socialization (needed for work and life skills) and reflection of assigned academic work
  • Break skills into smaller steps student(s) can master
  • Use mnemonic measures or other retention aids 
 Thanks, Marilyn, for all you to foster student success at Oakton!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Nominate an Outstanding Learner, Teacher, Administrator or Support Staff

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So many worthy folks out there! Please nominate someone special today! Go to http://www.iacea.net/ to nominate an outstanding teacher, administrator, learner, or support staff.

Friday, December 22, 2017

More Hard Working Educators!

Thanks to the following individuals from the central-southern group for their hard work honing skills and learning new strategies to give the greatest opportunity for their students to succeed: 


Lisa Gerontes-Bowe, Illinois Central CollegeCheryl Holder, Illinois Eastern CollegeKristina Holland-Deadmond, Kaskaskia CollegeAmy Lambert, Illinois Central CollegeSara Wise, Illinois Eastern College Special addition to the group for last week: Joseph Tully, Wilbur Wright College



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Appreciate the Hard Work of our Adult Ed Educators!

Thanks to the following individuals for their hard work honing skills and learning new strategies to give the greatest opportunity for their students to succeed: 

Rhonda Barbeau, Township High School District #211
Marilyn Benjamin, Oakton Community College
Yolanda Bennett, Moraine Valley Community College
Meg Dawczak, Moraine Valley Community College     
Kristy Durkin, College of DuPage                                    
Julie Frost, Township High School District #214
Patrick Lohan, Moraine Valley Community College     
Raylynn Stokes, South Suburban College 

It's such a privilege to work with all of you!