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  • Preventing the Summer Slide

    Written by Ms. Linton, Elementary Teacher As we make our way into the final months of the school year, there have been quite a few requests about how to avoid the ‘Summer Slide.’   Unfortunately, I am not referring to that awesome green slide at the waterpark, but instead the decrease in reading ability or any…

  • Making It Without Faking It

    Written by Mrs. Denning, Upper Team Teacher   “Fake it ’til you make it.” It’s a phrase I heard repeatedly during my college days, and I have heard it throughout my career, as well. I definitely agree that you can’t always wait until you’re completely confident with something before you give it a try; after all,…

  • Multisensory Math:  A More Effective Approach To Teaching Math

    Written by Ms. Jones, Upper Team Teacher This year, I’ve had an amazing opportunity to take both the Multisensory Math I and II classes taught by Marilyn Zecher from the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC).   These classes revolutionized my perspective in teaching math. They are designed to help teachers develop multisensory math instruction using…

  • Smart Is as Smart Does

     Written by Mrs. Semro, Middle Team Teacher You can be smarter.  You can learn to be a smarter person.  Sound good? It certainly would to most people.  Intelligence is highly valued in our society, even revered.  Why wouldn’t it be? Intelligence is equated with success, thus a handy quality to bring to the table in…

  • A Caring Community Pt. 2: In the Classroom

    Written by Mrs. Herber, Elementary Teacher In part 1 of this series, Mr. Epsten discussed the school-wide initiatives Horizon Academy has taken to create a caring community of learners. Continue reading as Mrs. Herber discusses what this looks like in the classroom.   The Golden Rule. On the first day of school, teachers take the…

  • A Caring Community Pt. 1: School-Wide Initiatives

    Written by Mr. Epsten, Counseling Director One of the main tenets of Horizon Academy is to create a caring school community to help students feel welcome, safe and accepted by staff and peers.  Many of our students have faced failure, rejection and been bullied in previous settings.  At first glance our efforts might seem contrived…

  • Discovering Inspiration

    Written by Mr. Isenmann, Middle Team Teacher As a teacher, I’m constantly looking for new ideas. I get bored doing the same projects, the same writing prompts, the same review games year after year. I’ve found the most success in idea generation by not actively seeking ideas; I do the opposite.   I try to…

  • Preparing Students for a Digital World

    Written by Mr. Hayes, Technology Specialist At Horizon, we strive to help our students achieve their best. As a school for students with learning disabilities, this means we use many new systems and creative methods to individualize the learning process. We also work hard to ensure our kids are able to expand their knowledge into…

  • Entrepreneurship Project

    Written by Mrs. Bergman, Counselor What do the founders of IKEA, JetBlue, Charles Schwab, and Apple all have in common? They all have learning disabilities. While learning disabilities can make many tasks more challenging, they are often associated with strengths in entrepreneurial areas such as creativity, problem solving, and big-picture thinking.   This fall, the…

  • Why Exercise is Important for the Brain…and a Great Way to Jump Start the Day!

    Written by Coach Chamberlain, Physical Education and Sports Coordinator As I read different articles on the internet about cutting back Physical Education in schools across the country, it only motivates me to do more as a Physical Education Teacher. Some schools are deciding it is best to eliminate PE from a student’s schedule, yet I believe…