The more you get to know the children in your class the better you will become at picking up the signs that something isn’t right. That sentence was easy to write but hard to put into practice because… Continue reading 5 ways to build positive relationships with your students.
This well I asked Twitter, through the special education slow chat (#SpEdSC) to share their favourite resources to use in their classrooms. Some high tech ideas and a good helping of classic resources. Communication was a big topic … Continue reading Our Favourite Resources #SpEdSC
I have discussed on many occasions the importance of positive relationships when working with young people. I work with vulnerable student groups, mainly autistic young people, and those who communicate and see the world differently. This relationship dynamic can shape their view of adult to adult and adult to child interactions for their entire lives. Continue reading Blurring the lines: Teacher/student boundaries in SEN.
The terminology used for an intense episode of challenging behaviour that may be displayed by Autistic children and young people can vary wildly according to the ethos and values of those witnessing it. An accepted term seems to be Meltdown (but … Continue reading The importance of CARE in managing meltdowns.
Is there anything more distressing and potentially damaging than the moment an adult places hands on a child?
This is a reality faced by many teachers daily. Many are put in difficult situations having to support vulnerable children through crises with limited support from leadership, external agencies or maybe even parents. Continue reading Restraint in Schools: The Last Taboo
Many young people I have taught have found efficient and effective ways of communicating a need or a want at some point in the past that then becomes their primary way of communicating. Unfortunate as they grow and develop into … Continue reading Teaching Alternative Behaviours.
We all need a good quote, whether it’s for a birthday card, to stick up on the wall or post to twitter/pinterest. Here are some quotes you might find relevant to teaching. If you send me a picture of one … Continue reading The best quotes for teachers from literary greats
This is my 100th blog post. So to celebrate I tried to come up with 100 reasons to blog. I have linked some to my blogs and a couple to external sites. I have loved blogging over the last 17 … Continue reading 100 Reasons to blog
I am in a reflective mood this rainy August morning. This blog may stray onto a bit of a personal theme, so forgive me. Back in December I pledged to take up the #teacher5aday challenge and pledged to focus … Continue reading An update on my #teacher5aday pledges.
This blog is, and I will say it now – a bit of a ramble, a shambolic collection of half baked ideas. It was triggered by a recent change in my life that has left me carting car loads of … Continue reading Are your resources holding you back?
This is part 2 of the Online Safety & SEN series. In this blog I will look at why it is so important that our most vulnerable students are supported. What is it that makes students with special educational needs … Continue reading Online Safety & SEN 2: Why is it so important?
Online Safety is essential. This is not up for argument. But what are the risks for children with special educational needs? Continue reading Online Safety & SEN 1: The Search for Research
First of all I need to apologise for neglecting #SpEdSC this term. I will refocus soon I promise. In the meantime here are a collection of great ideas from last months slow chat. If you don’t follow this group of … Continue reading Tips For Staying Positive From #SpEdSC
If you have recently qualified and looking for a teaching post I would urge you to consider working in a specialist provision, whether that be a PRU, special school, specialist unit or residential school. Why I hear you ask? Well … Continue reading 10 reasons why NQTs should consider working in specialist provision.
I would like to thank Lynn McCann for writing this post about developing an effective CPD model. Lynn runs a consultancy business, she is definitely concerned about the outcomes of her support on the children. She supplies a lot of … Continue reading Guest Blog: Developing a CPD model
After about a year I have completed my NPQML. This course is intended for those in middle leadership roles to develop areas of their practice Known as competencies. This was not an easy task but I wished I had undertaken … Continue reading NPQML: Final Reflection.
This blog was prompted after I read this research paper. When you are a teacher of children diagnosed with ASD, you have a job to do, you are in a position with responsibility to carry out a task. How often … Continue reading Autism: Express Yourself.
There are some excellent lessons us educators can take from George RR Martin’s epic tale of the fight for the throne of Westeros. Friendship, struggle against adversary, loyalty to name just a few. Here are a selection of quotes that … Continue reading 10 Game Of Thrones Quotes For Teachers
Okay so this is a bit of a cheat blog, I have used a twitter chat to crowdsource – (tweetsource?) these tips for you. So we have advice from a range of connected educators all in one place! I asked … Continue reading 7 Tips for unwinding after a challenging day
Graphic design for teachers, or at least those of us not blessed with artistic talents used to be limited to choosing Comic Sans or Times New Roman for worksheets. Now thanks to the wonders of modern technology we can use … Continue reading 6 Apps for Creative Teachers.