Heading to SC AG Bell!

I will be exhibiting in Columbia tomorrow.  Please stop by my table if you  are there. Take me to TeachersPayTeachers!     Take me to iTunes!

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How to Save Money on TPT

Tomorrow (11/26/18) and Tuesday Rule the School will be participating in TeachersPayTeachers sitewide sale.  Everything in the store will be 20% off.  At checkout, don’t forget to apply TPT’s Promo code from the top of the page for an additional 5% off. Here are some helpful hints on saving money on TPT.  

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I’m Thankful for You!

I am grateful for all of my fellow professionals who are helping students with hearing loss be as successful as they can be.  Whether you work with deaf/hard of hearing students as a teacher of the deaf, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, psychologist or special education teacher, you know that our professions may not be financially rewarding […]

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Follow-up to post “From the Beginning (or not)”

April 6, 2018 Earlier this year I posted about a new referral that I received, a kindergartner who had not been amplified before January, 2018.  I explained the testing that would be done.  I want to pick up there and broadly describe strengths and weaknesses and what interventions the IEP team agreed on. Overall the […]

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Ten Year Anniversary

March 18, 2018   It is hard for me to believe but it was 10 years ago that I created my first game and started my company Rule the School.  How did that happen you ask?  In 2002 I started a new job as an Itinerant Teacher in a large public school district’s Deaf and […]

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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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The Dot by Peter Reynolds

9/5/16 Have you read this great book with any of your students?  Many years ago I observed that some of my students had very negative self-talk.  Last week a teacher of one of my 4th graders told me the student said to him “I am the dumbest kid in the 4th grade”.  This breaks my […]

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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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