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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat



A conversation with Karen McCallum in episode 53 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canada. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story about how two puppets are helping transform the social emotional learning of elementary special needs kids.

Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets

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In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • How she decided to use puppets to reach a nonverbal student
  • Modeling appropriate and inappropriate behaviors
  • How 15 minutes a day with the puppets can transform behavior
  • Calming special needs kids using puppets
  • Some funny and powerful stories of using Matts and Penny to help kids learn appropriate behaviors

I hope you enjoy this episode with Karen!

Want to listen to another show about social-emotional learning? Listen to teacher Michelle Cotrelle-Williams talk about how vulnerability can make your classroom a safer place.

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Full Bio


Karen McCallum

I am a elementary vice principal and kindergarten teacher in Okotoks, Alberta. I am in my 33rd year of teaching. My entire career has been in the primary area. I have my Master’s degree in Special Education and have spent half of my career working in special education and behavior support programming.

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