My favourite thing about a new school year is CHANGE. While the bulk of my program stays the same from year to year, I thrive on the opportunity to find new ideas and implement them into my classroom to either improve an area of my teaching or enhance what is already there. This year I […]Read More My New Favourite Things 2018
The beginning of any school year comes with a lot of anticipation and anxiety. As teachers my husband and I prepare ourselves for the transition from a restful summer to the hustle of back to school by setting our alarms earlier and earlier everyday for the last week of summer. It never works, and after […]Read More Welcome Back!
When the school year ends, I like to reflect on the journey from September to June from the lens of the staff and the student. When I think of success in teaching, I think, what was the most rewarding part of my year? It may not have been goals met or marks achieved, but rather, a day […]Read More The Integrative Approach
April 2nd marks Autism Awareness Day, and is an especially great day for ASD teachers as it allows us to break our focus from the few children that we have focused our entire year on and ‘spread the wealth’ of acceptance to the rest of the world. In honour of the day when we recognize […]Read More Special Ed Is My Norm
This weekend marks Mother’s Day and a time to reflect on our own journeys through Motherhood and also those who inspire, connect and support us. I have used my good friend Andrea Haefele‘s posts about her daughter Bella in the past, with the efforts to bring to light the struggles and successes of raising a […]Read More #BeyondAwareness
Discovering a passion for Special Education early in my career, I never gained experience in nor desired to have a “mainstream” class of my own – not yet anyway. In my current position I focus on behaviour needs and have the opportunity to visit many different classrooms outside of Special Education settings – many being […]Read More The Inclusive FDK Classroom [Aviva Dunsiger]
Today, April 2nd, marks World Autism Awareness Day. Today we Light it Up Blue in our homes and schools to show support for those who live with Autism, day in and day out. In my career, I have the opportunity to work with extraordinary teachers and families of children with exceptionalities. Having a sibling with special needs myself, I find […]Read More A Letter to Petie
In a Special Education setting, behaviours must be taught, practiced and reinforced in order to maintain and generalize skills for different environments outside of your classroom. Keep it simple and expand when necessary, starting with these tips. 1. Establish a set of rules. Provide a visual of the rule you want your student to follow. Simple picture communication symbols are […]Read More What Are You Working For?
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was created to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards for goods and services across the province. Read more about the ins and outs here, but in short the Act ensures that businesses and public spaces allow appropriate accommodations for people with disabilities to participate fully in society like […]Read More AODA: A Decade in the Making
With Social Skills and Inclusion at the forefront of my teaching practice, I am always looking for new ways to introduce ASD concepts to the neurotypical peers of my students. In my experience, young children are the best receivers of this sensitive information, and I usually begin sharing knowledge with students in Kindergarten. These learners typically take […]Read More Picture Books for Teaching About ASD