March Events- SXSW + Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

March is going to be busy over here in Austin, TX. If you happen to be in town, definitely check out these exciting events!imgres-1

3/7: Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls/Go Greene Automotive Call to Action!

Calling all smart girls aged 14-18, with your driving permits and licenses or preparing to get their permits or licenses! The team at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is hosting a workshop for you on Saturday, March 7th from 2-4pm at Go Greene Automotive.

  • Cars aren’t just for boys – girls should have the same skills when it comes to driving; it’s more than just knowing how to drive or getting a license
  • Smart Girls will learn how to change a tire, check and change oil and fluid levels, and other skills to ensure girls feel comfortable driving and operating a vehicle – all in a fun, interactive session.

Check out the flyer here: smartgirls call to action and RSVP ASAP to info@teaching2gethertexas.com

3/11: SXSWedu 2015- Come see us in two sessions! images

Inclusive AppRoom: Viewing Apps Through Disability

Presented with BridgingApps
Weds, March 11 at 11:30am

Hilton Austin Downtown Room 410

EdTech for Inclusion = EdTech for All

Presented with Whizzimo
Weds, March 11 at 9am

Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A

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3/15: SXSW Interactive 2015- Pre-Registration Required

Inclusive AppRoom: Viewing Apps Through Disability 
Presented with BridgingApps
Sunday, March 13 at 3:30pm

JW Marriott, Room 310-311

Will you be presenting at SXSW? Please let us know about your sessions, too!

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The Third Teacher: Mindful Classroom Design at the Rise School

First we shape our buildings. Thereafter they shape our lives.

-Winston Churchill

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In the Reggio Emilia approach to education classroom design is considered the Third Teacher (the first 2 are instructors and peers). Here at Teaching2gether we agree wholeheartedly. Teachers convey critical messages to their students by way of the prepared environment.

When we label materials with pictures and text we provide access for all our students: readers, non-readers, English Language Learners and any visitor to the classroom.  When we post a schedule on the board it calms our students with attention-based disabilities, provides modeling for children with executive functioning needs, gives the class a sense of where we’re headed in our day, and holds teachers accountable to stay on task. When we provide differentiated materials we allow students to make conscious decisions about what helps them learn.

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Strong Communities and Healthy Kids through EdTech: GoNoodle.com

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EdTech is a big theme at Teaching2Gether. We understand there are endless apps and online resources out there, and that while some fail to meet our expectations, aim to replace the teacher, or are cumbersome and clunky, some are so great and we can’t imagine teaching without them. Continue reading

Speech Therapy: The Roots of Self-Advocacy

Ms. Hughes uses a portable whiteboard to create on-the-spot visuals and to ensure  repeated, varied exposure to concepts.

Ms. Hughes uses portable whiteboards to create on-the-spot visuals and to ensure repeated, varied exposure to concepts in any setting.

At Teaching2Gether, we do a lot of thinking about the purpose and nature of inclusion and collaboration.  We know the two go hand in hand, but we also have started to think broadly about who the collaborators can be when it comes to creating an inclusive classroom. Continue reading

SXSWedu update coming soon but in the meantime..

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“Fair isn’t equal. It’s giving everyone what they need.”

We are coming off a whirlwind week of exploring new apps, meeting visionary teachers and “edupreneurs” and listening to fascinating speakers at the #edtech conference, SXSWedu. It was truly exhilarating to consider how technology will make our classrooms ever more inclusive. We can’t wait to share our new knowledge with you – just as soon as we look through all our notes and get our thoughts in order! You can read some of our real time revelations if you check out our twitter feed. In the meantime we wanted to share this great article on creating a good old fashioned classroom environment where everyone can learn together, from this excellent website and resource, Think Inclusive:

5 Strategies For Structuring An Inclusive Classroom Environment

Check it out and check back soon for more high-tech ways to get inclusive!

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Thanks to Matt Holloway over at the blog, What’s So Specialwe just read this fascinating report on the State of Learning Disabilities in the U.S. in 2014, published by the NCLD. Among many interesting findings, in regards to the Common Core they report that many challenges lie ahead (surprise surprise!). Here is what they recommend: (more…)

All Hands on Deck

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These teachers from P.S. 124 in NYC use Stations daily in order to work with every child. They lead two stations while the other two groups are independent.

You joined the teaching profession to help kids, right? Not for the summers off, the “shorter” working hours (ha!), and definitely not for the pay. You want the very best for ALL your kids, just like the rest of us. However, it’s really really hard to meet all those needs in your classroom by yourself every day. Most teachers go home at the end of the day thinking “If I could have just done _______ for that one kid…”

The good news is you’re really not alone in that endeavor. Continue reading