Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tech Talk Tuesday

At Southview PS in Napanee, Ont. we are putting out a quick tech talk email every Tuesday. here is our first.
Send us your great tech ideas by emailing thea4ideapeople@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I am currently involved in a collaborative inquiry with other spec. ed. teachers (developmental disabilities and deaf/hard of hearing). To track all of the great ideas that my group is coming up with I have created a fluency section on the A4 website. As with all other sections you can find skills inventories, lesson ideas, resources (including iPad apps) and assessment/evaluation resources.
Here is the link directly to the fluency section. https://sites.google.com/site/schooltocommunity/reading-1/fluency
If you have any other great ideas please email thea4ideapeople@gmail.com.
Sleep well all!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Coming soon... an iPad section on the A4 website. What are your favourite uses for the iPad?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Smart Goals, IEPs and Tracking Sheets...Oh My!

Report cards are written and sent home. We all know what that means... time to update IEPs again. sigh. Sitting in front of the IEP engine, tweaking expectations, trying to cover everything you want to, trying to find a nice balance of "academic skills" and social and life skills... what could be more fun?

This is a perfect time to visit the A4 website. You can find SMART goals for each topic on the website, tracking sheets where appropriate and a wonderful IEP planning and tracking form.

 The Planning and Assessment Chart has become my sanity saver during IEP writing time. I communicate with other staff involved with my students, parents and the students themselves. I might complete a 2 page A4 Skills Inventory Checklist. I use this information and plan out my expectations for next term on the Planning and Assessment Chart.

Planning and Assessment Chart
Click here to download your own Planning and Assessment Chart.
2 Page Skills Inventory Checklist
Click here to see some 2 page Skills Inventories.

After I have it all planned out I enter the expectations into the IEP engine. I spend so much less time searching for expectations in the drop down menus or staring at the blinking cursor.
I give any other teachers involved with my students copies of the Planning and Assessment Chart so that they can see all the expectations pertaining to their students at a glance and easily track the student's achievement.

There is now a link on the A4 Planning and Assessment page to a spreadsheet (available in Excel and Open Office) that allows you to check off specific expectations you would like to a given student to work on and have them automatically entered into a Planning and Assessment Chart.

 If you have other ideas for making the IEP writing process easier please share in the comments below.

Hang in there - it's almost Easter!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Okay, here is my first official post. Welcome to the A4 blog! People have been asking how they can keep up to date on new additions or changes to the A4 website and this seemed the way that made the most sense. You can follow this blog by email and any new posts will be automatically emailed to you.
People have also asked if it was possible for visitors to set up folders of their favourites. I haven't figured out how to do that but this blog does allow you to "like" on Facebook, "tweet" to Twitter, "Pin" to Pinterest, etc.

Pinterest is my personal favourite way to save my "favourites" for later viewing. If you don't yet have a Pinterest account (it's free) you should definitely sign up today. I have spent a lot of time this summer setting up 66+ Pinterest boards covering all of the areas talked about on the A4 website. You can choose to follow one or all of these boards and see the new, exciting ideas as I discover them. You can also mention The A4 Idea People in your comment (by typing @thea4ideapeople in the comment) and I will be notified that you think this is a pin worth sharing with all the A4 followers.

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