“FREE” Easy Research Writing ‘Template’ For a Simple 5 Paragraph Essay

Help your student write independently ***Click below for a FREE blank template  Students who learn differently might find the attached “Research Writing Template” helpful when constructing their own 5 paragraph essay. For a personal narrative, persuasive, or argumentative essay, students will find this basic outline easy to use. Simply fill-in the areas using their own data and information. Remember, a persuasive and argumentative essay is an attempt to change someone’s opinion so students will look for […]

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Practice Academic Skills This Summer

I think most people will agree that exceptional children who practice any form of academics during their summer break, will have a smoother transition back to school. If you like the idea of helping your child stay academically focused but dread having to continue a specific routine or maintain a home-school classroom, here are a few quick ideas to keep the momentum without schoolwork being the center of attention. Timing is everything   You need […]

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3 Common Misconceptions About Teacher Appreciation Week

This week marks the annual “gift fest” for teachers throughout the country. Now, if that sentence sounds a bit cynical, it is not meant to be. On the contrary; I love teachers and everything they have to offer. What I don’t love, is that parents and the Parent Teacher Student Organizations (PTSO) wait until this very week, when the school year is about to be finished, to “honor” this group of men and women who […]

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3 Easy Steps for Special Education Students to Get Ready for College

Here are some ways to help your student get ready for college. Take these steps now to make living away from home a smoother transition. 1) Take advantage of the college tour. * Meet with the department of disability before signing the acceptance letter. * Get a feel for the special education environment. Use this department to your advantage. They will help guide you. If it doesn’t “feel” right it won’t be right. 2) Large […]

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3 Reasons to Add “Teachers’ Notes” to the IEP and 3 Reasons It’s a Mess

Students with “Copy of teachers’ notes” as an accommodation should take ‘note.’ I couldn’t resist that pun, but really, this is no laughing matter. If your student has this accommodation on the IEP, most likely by now, you’ve realized that it doesn’t work as smoothly as it should. If parents are not aware of this accommodation, they can request to have it added as an addendum to the IEP. The case manager and the regular […]

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