Tagged with special education

team brooke – the middle school version

team brooke – the middle school version

{image is a photo of Brooke and a dog that she met on Nantucket last week} Middle school starts tomorrow. I’m trying to pretend I’m not freaking out. I’m totally freaking out. In order to keep up some pretense of the former, I sent Brooke’s new team the following, as I do every year. It … Continue reading

its own reward

  The phrase “peer mentoring” has always bothered me when applied to typically developing kids (or adults) and their differently-abled same-aged peers. The first definition that comes up for mentor is “verb – advise or train (someone, esp. a younger colleague).”  A mentor and his or her mentee are not really considered equals, but teachers … Continue reading

not always

not always

Brooke on pajama day, soaring to new heights with Ms J The other night, I went to a small group teach-in run by a Special Education attorney. I both love and hate things like that. I love them because I have found that there is no more powerful tool than information when advocating for my … Continue reading

the in between

the in between

Inclusion is about a sense of belonging, about feeling respected, valued for who you are. It is an all-encompassing practice of ensuring that people of differing abilities related to, for example, sex, age, and race, feel a sense of belonging, are engaged, and are connected to the goals and objectives of the whole wider society.” … Continue reading

team brooke 2013/14

Ed note: Yes, I do this every year. And yes, it’s a pain in the arse to write. But I think it’s worth the time. I believe that writing to the people who will work with my child and referring to them as a team matters. I believe that telling them who she is and … Continue reading

least restrictive environment

* Talking about LRE is kinda like playing that game with Chinese fortune cookies. Instead of adding ‘in bed’ to the end of every fortune, you add ‘that works for my kid’ to the end of every sentence. ~ Me to another autism mom yesterday while discussing the Least Restrictive Environment clause of IDEA ~ … Continue reading

speed blogging

* Ready … Set  … Go. I have nine minutes. Nine. But I really, really want to tell you something. So I’m going to give it my best shot. In nine minutes. Damn. Make that eight and half. OK, here goes … The deficit model of education sucks. The idea of focusing on what we … Continue reading