So here is an issue that comes up a ton at Student Study Team meetings. What can parents do at home to help students improve in reading comprehension and math other than just making their kids read and help with homework? I always go back to ask your kids questions. Reading comprehension isn’t a skill that just applies to books. If you have a kid who has difficulty giving a retell of a story, they probably also have difficulty giving a retell of the TV show you just watched. Ask you kids to tell you what happened in the TV show and ask follow us questions– so what happened first? Ok, what then? If your child is having difficulty with higher level comprehension (inferencing, finding theme and lessons) ask lots of why questions. Why do you think she did that? How did she change in the movie? So what was the big idea of this episode? Reading comprehension boils down to being able to TALK about things that you have read and to answer questions. Asking questions about movies, TV shows, the book that your kid just read, and even video games that they are playing can build those same skills. My new project is going to be creating a handout of questions so if you have any good ones let me know!
Like everything else, finishing the scoring guide for my assessments took about a month longer than I expected. The good news is that it is DONE and up! I was originally going to just put up pictures of the scored assessment but instead I decided to go ambitious. I wrote sample present levels to match the scored assessments and put up a ton of Common Core aligned goals. These are goals that I actually use– which is why I built things like assistive technology, multiplication charts, and read alouds into them. I am still adding to the goal bank so if you think there are important academic areas that I missed, let me know.
Check them out and let me know what you think! Assessments and goals
Look around the site! I am holding off on blogging for a bit until I have all the base content up. The goal is for this site to be a mixture of a blog and of useful teaching and parenting resources. I have a ton of new content up on behavior contracts and technology. Let me know what else I need up!
Welcome to Rose’s Resources!
For those of you who have been asking if I had a blog or a site to share my materials, here it is!
About 10% of our kids nationwide get special education supports. That means there are millions of parents– and teachers– nation wide trying to navigate a system than can feel overwhelming. After more than a decade working in the field, I have a few tricks up my sleeve and materials to share. Feel free to browse and leave comments! I look forward to hearing from you!
For those of you looking for teaching resources for special education, check out my site on TeachersPayTeachers. I have all sorts of curriculum and assessment materials up there to browse!
For those of you looking for general Common Core teaching resources, check out Teachapedia, my website of general teaching resources.
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