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Resources for Using the Small Catechism with Students with Special Needs

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Your student with special needs has reached confirmation age, a big milestone in one’s faith life. We make a big deal about confirmation in our congregations, and rightfully so. But it’s not just about the church service with the white robes and the big party afterward; that’s just the photo opportunity. As a teacher or parent, you are thinking about …

A Special Education Teacher’s Perspective of the New Explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism

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Let me start by saying, I love the catechism. I think it’s important to teach ALL children and adults, including those in special education, the tenets of the faith laid out in Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation. But I must confess, my first reaction to this new explanation was this: “Whoa, that’s a lot of print! Anyone who has trouble …

Over and Over and Over Again

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Over and over and over again. Doesn’t that seem like the story of school and church? We do all kinds of things over and over again. We value everyday routines and rituals. A very old adage in teaching is that the key to learning is repetition, repetition, repetition. And yet, when carried to the extreme, repetitive behaviors become a stumbling …

Autism in Lutheran Schools?

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Autism in Lutheran schools? Yep, it happens all the time. You might think that just because you work in a Lutheran school, you’ll never encounter a child with autism. Then you might be mistaken. Remember how we talked about something called the autism spectrum? Included in that spectrum is a very broad range of abilities and behaviors. Many students who …

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Autism and the Church—what does this mean?

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Autism and the Church—what does this mean? April is Autism Awareness Month, so there have been all kinds of posts on social media and elsewhere on this topic. There was a time not so very long ago when the term autism brought to mind a child or adult who was not aware of the “real” world; who had bizarre, uncontrollable …

A Letter to My Young Teaching Self

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I read a recent blog post by Bernard Bull that inspired me to write my own similar post. He wrote a letter to his eighteen-year-old self about his learning and education.  It made me think about what I would say if I were to write a letter to my younger twenty-something teaching self. I started teaching promptly after I graduated …

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Unexpected Life Skills

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Critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication. These are the skills identified as most important for new hires in the current job market in an article titled “What Skills Do Students Really Need for a Global Economy?” in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Educational Leadership. You might not think of these types of skills first when it comes to students …

Sports and Students with Special Needs

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Sports are a big part of many of our Lutheran schools. Often when we think of sports and kids with special needs, we think of wheelchair sports, the Paralympic Games, or Special Olympics. While these are all wonderful programs, they are more typically designed for athletes with physical or cognitive disabilities that prevent them from competing with their nondisabled peers. …

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Connecting with Parents

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Parents are scary, especially when you’re a new teacher. Even if you are a veteran teacher who is also a parent, dealing with parents can be intimidating. Thanks to our inherent sinful nature, the parent-teacher relationship can be fraught with judgments and unmet expectations from both sides. When children have special needs or are struggling in some way, these parent-teacher waters …