Increasing Opportunities to Respond: Tools for Teachers and Administrators

Think back to your days as a student and visualize your favorite class or teacher.  What did the teacher do in that class?  What did the students do?  In all likelihood, you did not sit quietly for the entire class period while the teacher talked.  You probably focused more of your effort on creating new products or sharing ideas with your peers than on sitting still.  Unfortunately, for many students, including those with disabilities, the effort needed to sit quietly for long periods of time overrides any effort to learn.  Yet, active engagement is the strongest predictor of academic achievement (Dotterer & Lowe, 2011). [Read more…]

Engagement in Instruction and Increasing Opportunities to Respond Resource Guide

We are pleased to announce a new product to help newsletter readers find valuable educational resources related to topics such as student engagement, classroom management, co-teaching, reading, and mathematics.  We have compiled current online resources, arranged them by media type, highlighted the five we found most helpful, and identified those that are family-friendly.  Our first Resource Guide, Increasing Student Engagement and Opportunities to Respond, compiled by Donni Davis-Perry is currently available.  We will share additional guides in upcoming editions of Link Lines.

Techniques for Active Learners

This Considerations Packets provides 18 techniques that teachers can easily implement to increase time on task for all learners. Techniques are grouped into the following categories: Motivation and Focus, During Instruction, Cooperative Group Work, and Evaluation. Specific techniques include Whip Around and Pass; I Have, Who Has?; Pinwheel; Paired Reading; and Outcome Sentences.

From Seatwork to Feetwork – Engaging Students in Their Own Learning

In this podcast Ron Nash, Keynote Speaker at the College of William and Mary Symposium on Professional Collaboration and Inclusive Education (2011), shares how teachers can employ active learning strategies in the classroom to enhance student learning. He provides suggestions for how to develop relationships with students; build learning communities in the classroom; and get students up and moving, talking to each other, and interacting with the critical content.

Mother And Son Share the Impact of the I’m Determined Project

In this podcast Jonathan Brooks, a youth leader for the I’m Determined Project, and his mother, Tiffany Burton, highlight how the life skills learned through this project have helped them to make positive changes in their lives –  both academically and personally.   Jonathan shares how his involvement with I’m Determined has improved his self-esteem. Tiffany provides her perspective as a parent involved with the project, and reveals how it has impacted her younger son as well.

Apply Now: I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit

The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with
imdeterminedDisabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 11th Annual I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth will meet to identify ways to become better advocates and lead more self-determined lives. The selected individuals and a parent/guardian will receive paid registration, dormitory accommodations, travel expenses and meals for the three-day event. A concurrent Parent Summit for the selected participant’s parent/guardian will be held at the university. Application deadline March 9, 2017.  Read more

Library Book Suggestions – January 2017

The following books are available to check out from the T/TAC William & Mary Library. [Read more…]