Category Archives: Elementary Angle

How Parents Can Advocate for Their Child with Special Needs at School

By Andrew Hawk The relationship between the parents of a student with special needs and the personnel of the school the student attends can be tricky to say the least. I have seen disagreements erupt from parents thinking students get … Continue reading

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How to Help Parents Navigate the IEP Process

By Andrew Hawk Having spent the last eleven years as a teacher, including eight as a special education teacher, I have been through the IEP process numerous times. Last month, I moved to the other side of the table as … Continue reading

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Everything Special Education Teachers Want from Their Principals* (*But Are Afraid to Ask For)

By Andrew Hawk In the decades since special education became a mainstay in American education, the details of it (such as delivery models and individual education plan formats) have continued to evolve. From state to state and even school district … Continue reading

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Teacher To-Dos: A Checklist for the First Day of School

By Andrew Hawk For teachers, students, and parents, the first day of school is one of the most influential days of the year. First-year teachers will face emotions ranging from fear to excitement. Veteran teachers will be excited to try … Continue reading

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Teaching Group Work: How to Facilitate Positive, Productive Student Collaboration

By Andrew Hawk One of the most important skills a teacher can instill in students is the ability to work well with others. The world is full of many personality types. Once students are out in the adult world, they … Continue reading

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