FM Lapel Mics

5/6/17 Recently one of my students complained that he didn’t like using his FM system because of the “scratchy” sounds.  I listened to it and did not hear any scratching.  Then he explained that the mic flips over when the teachers are wearing it.  I asked “What should you do when that happens?” and he […]

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Check out Unit 3 – Amplification!

April 2, 2017   The latest unit in the Interactive Self-Advocacy Notebook is available here.  I hope you find it useful!  It includes a Rationale – have you ever been asked at an IEP meeting why a  student should be pulled out of class to learn this information?  Here you go! What is included in […]

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Progress Monitoring

3/19/17 I have a question for anyone who works with deaf/hard of hearing students with self-advocacy goals on their IEPs.  Our state recently required that all IEP goals be progress monitored 7-10 times per quarter.  This is easy to do with many types of goals but not so easy for self-advocacy goals. For goals related to wearing and […]

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Unit 2-Anatomy of the Ear- Interactive Self-Advocacy Notebook

2/11/17     Have you ever had anyone ask you “Why do you need to remove that student (with a hearing loss) from classroom instructional time to work on learning about the ear?” This is a very common question and the answer is the very basis of self-knowledge.  I’ve had students tell me they feel stupid […]

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Self-Advocacy Interactive Notebook for Kids with Hearing Loss

1/22/17 What is an Interactive Notebook? As a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing, I had little exposure to Interactive Notebooks until I noticed them in the regular ed classrooms that I’m frequently in.  There they are used across many subjects.  Why? For my purposes I see two important reasons.  First, they are brain-based learning […]

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*Apps now available on new platform*

10/30/16 I am so excited to share that my apps are now available in the Chrome Store. Over the past several years, I have had innumerable requests for Rule the School apps to be used on devices other than Apple products.  Because of the widespread adoption of Chromebooks by school districts, I have had many […]

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First quarter is almost over?

October 15, 2016 It’s hard to believe that there are only 2 more weeks in the first quarter of the school year.  It has been sooooo busy but: < I love my new students < I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know my middle and high school students and their needs.  I have worked at the […]

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Self-Advocacy – Part 4 – Communication Repair

10/10/16 Previous blogs discussed Equipment Management, Self-Knowledge, and Preferential Seating so today let’s look at Communication Repair (CR). Can you imagine how excited I was to see CR as part of the Common Core Standards Speaking and Listening Strand for Grades K-2?  Kindergarten: Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or […]

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Self-Advocacy – Part 3 Self-Knowledge

10/1/16 In the 5 specific areas of self-advocacy, past blogs looked at Preferential Seating and Equipment Management.  Let’s consider Self-Knowledge.  Why should we spend time working on this?  At IEP meetings, I’ve been asked “Why should Susie be pulled out of the classroom to work on this?”  My answer lies in social-emotional development – specifically […]

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Self-Advocacy: Preferential Seating

8/30/16 What does it mean? Acoustically, it means two things: √ Seated away from a source of noise such as computers, overhead projectors, noisy classroom pets, noisy students, pencil sharpener, etc. √ Seated near a speaker Visually, it means the student is sitting near and facing the teacher or whoever is speaking in order to be able […]

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Self-Advocacy: Equipment Management

8/15/16 When I think about what my students need to become successful in school and life, I have teased out the 5 categories of skills shown above.  Let’s consider equipment management first. What is equipment management and why is it important? Whether a hearing loss is sensorineural or conductive, it means that the brain has […]

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Why Spend Time Working on Self-Advocacy Skills? (Part 1)

8/9/16 This is a question that I get frequently.  Teachers, parents and administrators ask “Why should a child be pulled out of class to work on these skills?  Let’s talk! When this knowledge is taught AND used effectively, a student will take charge of his/her hearing loss and school situations. Why should professionals who teach […]

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