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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday Mean-O! Vocabulary Fun!

This is a fun way to support vocabulary development.

1) Collect words that students are struggling to understand throughout the week; share the meaning, use them in a sentence, etc, and add them to a 'New Words' list (for example, students can put a word they're struggling with on PostIts, or teachers can add them).

2) At the end of the week, review the words, and make up sheets of 6, 9, or 16 words, depending on your students.  See a sample list below (these words are collected from the book Hatchet, as abridged by Maureen D and shared at:  Tarheel Reader )

Note:  Make at lest 2 versions, with words in different places.
 3) Now play 'Mean-O'.  It's basically bingo, but calling out word meanings instead of word labels.  

4) Remember:  use the 'Musselwhite Bingo' approach:
1 Bingo = Bingo
2 Bingos = Tingo
3 Bingos = Thringo

See this post for full explanation:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Name Writing Tips

Name writing is a classic IEP goals, with too many students spending years on inauthentic tasks such as:
- tracing
- copying
- being put through hand-over-hand assistance

Dr. Gretchen Hanser and Deanna K Wagner,  and I have just published five 'tips' to support a range of activities to help students engage in authentic, interactive, and FUN opportunities for name writing, using typical pencils or alternative pencils.  The five tips are:

Sign In, Sign Up,  Sign Off Overview

Name Writing:  Sign In

Name Writing:  Sign Up

Name Writing:  Sign Off

Name Writing:  Data Collection

Connect to the tips below:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

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