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Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Monday, November 29, 2021

Dance with the Girl You Brought!

 What?  I know that many of you have heard me say this . . . 

And maybe you've seen my meme . . . 

It's one of my Pinterest AAC & Literacy Quotes

Why?  Dance with the one you brought means flexibility to me.  It means thinking carefully about how you can be as effective, efficient, and engaging every day!

How?  Here are a few examples.  

* Figure out what works with the students you have, making accommodations to fit their needs.

• Use the light tech tools you already have (e.g., dry erase cubes, velcro cubes, paddle boards).  

• Use high tech tools you are familiar:  For example, a sorting activity for word walls, math, or making words, etc.  may work equally well on Google Jamboard, Smartboard, Microsoft PowerPoint, or the iPad   Sticky app.  

•  Pick a task to suit the time.  For example, at the beginning of the day, many students are more primed to focus and work on harder tasks, such as guided reading.  Many phonics tasks feel quite game-like (e.g., What Makes Sense, Speed Bingo) and can be fun afternoon activities.

Where?  The book Wonderful Word Wall Fun:  Tips, Tools, and Templates (Musselwhite, 2021, Teachers Pay Teachers) provides many examples of using the 'Dance with the one you brought' concept!!

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