Targeting Independence: A Shift in Mindsets for Students Who Have 1:1 Paraeducators in General Education

 

Promoting independence for students with disabilities does involve a number of specific strategies, but it starts with having the right mindset.  As it has been said before, culture eats strategies everyday.  If school staff wish to empower their special learners in being more independent, each team member first must be bought in.  … Continue reading

Targeting Independence: Why We Must Take the Conversation of Using a 1:1 Paraeducator Seriously

Today I am going to throw a bunch of research at you, but it is research that is worth keeping an eye on.  It surrounds the hot topic of using a higher level of support in a 1:1 paraeducator for a student in special education.  While providing a paraeducator to support a … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: It All Starts, Goes, and Ends with Love!

“The secret to life is finding out what you love and then finding a way to get paid for it.”  This small bit of wisdom was passed my way years ago by a former supervisor, and it’s wisdom I carry close because it echoes in our work every day.  In education, we … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: Making Routines Routine

If you are getting stuck on which points of the day to really focus on first with independence, look for the common routines.  Look for events that take place everyday, at the same time, and have a very similar order to them.  This can be a morning entry, getting lunch, math warm-ups, … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: The 3 Point Prompt

For young learners who frequently struggle with noncompliance the road to independence can be a long one.  But every journey begins with a first step.  Every journey begins with a plan.  The 3 point prompt is not going to be appropriate for every early learner, but for many it can provide … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: 10 Mantras of the Special Educator!

Independence is not bought, it is won.  Through the small victories provided by passionate educators our leaners do more with less.  But every warrior needs a battle cry, every competitor needs a cause, and ever special educator needs a mantra.  Not just a reminder about the lives we change, but … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: Be the 1st Man!!!

Those who consider themselves part of the Seattle Seahawks fandom pride themselves on their passion, their love, and their impact on the game.  And to a large point they have made Seattle one of the best places for a player to call home.  They refer to themselves as the 12th man and they … Continue reading