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12 days of inclusion

Every year I share some sort of holiday countdown in the form of recommendations or ideas. Last year, my twelve days countdown featured recommended books. The year before, I suggested gifts for educators, families, and students. This year, the launch of “12 Days of Inclusion” comes immediately following the release of my latest book [with my co-author Sheila Danaher], From Text Maps to Memory Caps: 100 MORE Ways to Differentiate Instruction in the K-12 Inclusive Classroom. Therefore, I am ...

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Idea #4: Create creative crayons

Many young learners need alternative materials for coloring and writing. You can certainly purchase crayons in other shapes (my very favorite are these irresistible and brightly colored crayon rocks that come in a dandy red velvet bag), but you can also make your very own for home or the classroom.

There are many tutorials on the web to make your own, but the basic...

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Idea #3: Teach collaborative art

One adaptation that inspires both creativity and peer connection is collaborative artwork. Murals, quilts, and large-scale paintings can all be done collaboratively, but so can smaller pieces. As an on-the-spot adaptation, this preschool teacher had her students pass their pictures around the table and asked each child to add something new to each picture.

One student with autism could not draw with markers or crayons, but she...

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