Over the past year, many individuals including teachers, parents, professors, and special education students have taken the time to post comments on the MangoMon blog. Many of these individuals are also bloggers themselves. On their own time, they write to share their knowledge, provide tips and tricks, along with valuable online resources to spread their knowledge to the Internet community. I have read and followed many of these sites and have found them insightful in providing meaningful ideas and resources for use in my own classroom. Below you will find an annotated list of a few of the blogs who are also readers of this blog.
Love That Max
Love That Max is a blog written by Ellen Seidman, a mother whose son has Cerebral Palsy. She shares her son’s story from the very beginning of her pregnancy to the current day via her blog. She also includes various posts about current special education topics and trends along with making connections with her friends, family, and readers. Some of the posts are light-hearted and fun – cute trials and tribulations of raising kids. Other posts are inspirational and informative providing readers with ideas and feedback about raising a child with special needs. Be aware however, some of the posts will make you cry, especially the first series of posts that allows readers to relive her experiences of her son’s struggles. This blog gets a lot of hits and comments which make the conversation on going and also a great place to make PLN connections.
Lillie’s Pad is a blog resource for special education uses, tips and tricks, and other resources for the iPad and iPhone. This blog is written by a father, Kevin, who is inspired by his daughter Lillie who has cerebral palsy and CBI. His posts are short, sweet, and to the point. In the past few weeks, he has also shared video of his daughter using various apps on the iPad to communicate and learn. He also shares resources like videos, links, articles, and reviews about apps (and other technology) that can be used to help special education students learn and communicate. Through Kevin’s blog, I came across a blog resource he enjoys reading called Teaching Learners with Multiple Needs. This blog is updated by a special needs teacher. Recent posts on this blog include using switches with iPods, learning through smelling, and iPads for communication.
Teachers at Risk
Teachers at Risk is a blog I came upon while searching and reading through the blogs above. This blog is written by a special education teacher in Ontario named Elona Hartjes. She shares her tips along with her daily highs and lows as a special education high school teacher. Her blog really resonated with me and the struggles and triumphs that I have gone through during a challenging school year. Her insightful posts include her differentiation of instruction, raising the bar with student (and teacher) expectations, and rants and raves about the day-to-day realities of teaching (that you may not always be able to find written honestly through a public blog.) This is definitely a site to check out for high school special education teachers.
Do you have any other favorite blogs that you follow? Are you a regular reader of the MangoMon blog that also writes a blog? Feel free to comment!
Article By Laura Ketcham
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