Taking Intervention to the Next Level with Authentic Text

Nov 25th 2017

As a special education resource teacher, one of the biggest challenges I’ve seen students struggle with is transferring strategies they learn during intervention lessons to authentic text. Often times students can use their decoding skills in controlled text in the […]

The Imposter Syndrome: Life as a Special Education Teacher

Oct 21st 2017

NEWLY REVISED ULTIMATE SPECIAL EDUCATION SURVIVAL KIT! Today I had a rare moment: some peace and quiet at home and an opportunity to sit down and read a book.  As I was diving into Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg I […]

Dos and Don’ts of Behavior Reflection

Sep 16th 2017

Do you struggle with helping students process their behaviors and learn to make better choices? Are your time-outs ineffective? Are your students repeating the same negative behaviors?  Having strategies for effective behavior reflection is critical to creating a positive learning […]

Don’t Teach Another Phonics Lesson Until You Read This…

Aug 27th 2017

As a resource teacher, I use specialized instruction in my intervention groups to help my students meet their IEP goals as well as make progress towards grade level standards. While implementing the district prescribed intervention curriculum, Wilson Reading System, I […]

Essentials of a Special Ed Resource Room

Aug 20th 2017

I’m so excited to be back in the classroom this year! After 14 years as a special education resource teacher, I changed gears to work in the capacity of an Instructional Coach and Special Education Coordinator in high needs schools. […]

How Animals Can Help Children Learn

Jun 13th 2016

Animal characters are present in children’s lives from the very beginning on toys, books, and cartoons. Children soon learn to associate animals with comfort, play, and safety. When animals are personified, children readily understand and apply the lessons and messages […]

TPT Fresh Start Sale January 20-21

Jan 20th 2016

Use code Start16 to enjoy up to 28% off all Astute Hoot products January 20-21st on www.teacherspayteachers.com. This Fresh Start sale is the perfect time to purchase our top-selling bundles such as our Reading Intervention Essentials Bundle, Math Intervention Problem-Solving […]

Use Picture Clues to Support Decoding & Comprehension

Oct 18th 2015

“My name is Dexter the Detecting Deer. Now let me tell you why I’m here. I’ll help you look for picture clues, So you don’t get the reading blues. Look at the pictures to figure out What the words are […]

Eliminate Math Anxiety {FREE BOOK}

Sep 20th 2015

Panic, paranoia, shutting down, frustration, and lack of confidence are all symptoms of math anxiety. Math anxiety has been defined as feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in […]

Teaching Visualization to Increase Comprehension

Sep 7th 2015

“I’m Vern the Visualizing Vulture; use me like a TV. Events, characters, and settings are what I help you see. If you picture these in your mind like your favorite movie, Then understanding what you read will be so groovy!” […]

Mastering Multisyllabic Words

Apr 12th 2015

                                            “I’m Charlie the Chunking Chipmunk. What’s new? I break words into small chunks and you can, too. Look […]

How to Use Elkonin Boxes and Sounding-Out Slates

Mar 30th 2015

                                        “I’m Sally the Sounding-Out Snake. S-s-say, have you heard? Stretch out all the sounds that you see in a word. […]

4 Dirty Little Homework Confessions

Nov 2nd 2014

  As a former special education teacher, I always thought that homework time would be a breeze when my boys Alec and Jake got to school.  I knew all of the most effective strategies and consulted many parents during conferences […]

It’s Fall Y’all! 50% Off Sale on EVERYTHING on Website!!!

Oct 15th 2014

    The holiday season is quickly coming upon us! To show our appreciation for your support we have marked every single product 50% off when you purchase directly from our website. Click here to check out our store! Hurry…sale […]

Meet Sally the Sounding Out Snake

Feb 18th 2014

“SSSSSSSalutations! I’m Sally the Sounding Out Snake, Stretch each sound out and a new word you will make Put them back together in a blend And your reading will be on the mend.” It is so exciting when beginning readers […]

Meet Charlie the Chunking Chipmunk

Feb 9th 2014

“What’s up? I’m Charlie the Chunking Chipmunk. I help you break unknown words into small chunks. Look for little words or sounds that you know, Put them back together as a word and you’ll be the star of the show!” […]

Holiday Survival Guide for Teachers

Nov 26th 2013

Our school recently kicked off the holiday season with a Winter Wonderland celebration this past week.  In Arizona, that means delivering 12 tons of snow to school grounds!  The kids are super excited for all of the wonders of this […]

Visual Schedule

May 1st 2012

  Are your mornings hectic, frazzled, or full of frustration? Try making a visual schedule to break down all of the steps. Use photos or clip art as a visual cue. Kids can refer to the chart to see what they […]

Easter Egg Fun

Apr 4th 2012

Super fun way to practice basic skills; fill plastic eggs with letters, sight words, math facts, etc. and have your kiddos choose eggs from a bucket or find them around the house. When they open them up, they can practice […]

Hazel’s Reading Roost Reading Strategy Unit

Feb 11th 2012

Students are loving our decoding and comprehension strategy animals. It is amazing to see how engaged they are and great reading progress they are making. 🙂 They especially love the accompanying story Hazel Learns to Read and the adorable animal […]

Games That Teach: Part 3

Dec 8th 2011

Use marshmallows, goldfish, M&Ms and other snacks to practice forming letters, words and numbers. Children can eat them after they practice.  This a yummy way to learn!  

Games That Teach: Part 2

Dec 2nd 2011

Use a Sharpie or sticker to put letters or numbers on the hoods of matchbox cars. Children can practice letter, sound and/or number recognition as they play. They can also practice lining them up in alphabetical or numerical order. This […]

Games That Teach: Part 1

Oct 23rd 2011

Turn Hopscotch into a fun learning game!  Use chalk to draw a hopscotch and fill in the squares with a specific concept (numbers, shapes, letters, sight words, etc.).  Kids will have so much fun jumping and moving while learning basic […]

Reading with your kiddos at home…

Aug 7th 2011

Parents, does this sound familiar:  “I’m too tired to read,” “You read it to me mommy,”  “I already read at school today.”  Sometimes having kids practice their reading at home can turn into a chore or a fight, even when […]