Philosophy Of Education

Principals, and Special Educators – Check Out These Most Requested Classroom Management Strategies

Our Spring ’08 workshops were packed with participants and we all read many evaluations. Many from the evaluations from the Spring inservice tour included requests for individuals to create favorite interventions. We noticed that many workshop participants requested a similar couple of interventions. By popular request, we have been posting your selected interventions the following.

# 1 Favorite Intervention

Where Will Your TV Watching Skills Be Needed?

Any intervention that used a classified ad format was extremely popular. The method listed here was the most used in the bunch. The intervention is to ask students to create Help Wanted ads depending on the pair of skills they’re acquiring. Many participants liked the examples we gave at school with the ads students create and wanted copies. They like how these silly ads may leave students wondering “Where will my TV watching skills be needed?”

Here are some from the examples that drew probably the most comment:

Experienced TV Viewers Needed for High Paying Jobs

A large company seeks TV viewers to function long hours in a horizontal position. Must like donuts and chips.

National Firm Needs Nappers Now

If you love to sleep, this task opportunity will open your vision. If you wake with the crack of noon, we could wait. On-time applications not accepted.

Mall Rats Wanted for Executive Positions

Years of leaning up against the wall or looking at a bench needed for an exciting opportunity with major corporations. If you know how you can hang out all day, your future as one of our hard-driving employees is simply unlimited. If you’ll be able to demonstrate to be able to say something nasty about everyone who walks by, then you may be the perfect person we’d like in customer relations. Put those valuable many years of experience like a …

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Special Education

How Special Educators Make a Difference
How Special Educators Make a Difference

Special education is an often overlooked and underappreciated part of the larger education sector. Often, people correlate knowledge degree with grade school, high school, or college teaching and administration. But there are many other incredibly important regions of teaching and education, like special education, that provides service-minded individuals a chance to make a positive and lasting difference in students’ lives.

J.T. Watts is one teacher who chose a career in this education specialization. In his 41 years of teaching, Watts helped children with varying learning disabilities and, he says, they helped him too. Many of the student’s Watt’s taught had dyslexia, a disability that causes visitors to reverse both words and letters.

Dyslexia is an example of a learning disability.

Special education teachers often help students with disorders that affect intake, processing, comprehension, and retaining knowledge. Watts’ approach was to assist in his student’s self-esteem by teaching them types of overcoming their confusion with words and letters. Watts implemented a strict memorization regimen of multiplication tables assuring capitals. His students become so efficient them to be eventually capable to take on their teacher. Says Watts, “I did get beat 1 time on state capitals. I developed a careless mistake as well as the students didn’t miss any. He never permits me to be done with it, either.”

Special educators, like Watts, use a few different methods when teaching special education students. Modifying the curriculum to best fit a student’s personal learning needs is a popular and successful tactic. When inquired about the perks of his job, Watts replied, “I still find it the most difficult and stressful job in education. In the special education field, teacher turnover is high. But it is very fulfilling. It’s just worthwhile to find out the progress. When the lights start, you will see it …

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