creating a fluid work environment for homework
Many young learners have a difficult time initiating and completing homework. One way to change this is to create the ideal structure at home that facilitates fluid homework completion. Focus on the work environment–the workstation can be set up so that it is easily accessible, and inviting.
It can be helpful to have a designated desk at home to do…
Praise effort and encourage challenges This article from Kahnacademy by founder, Sal Kahn, describes the power of encouraging process rather than outcomes.
Using organizational strengths to tackle areas of weakness
We all organize in very different ways. Many educators expect students to organize in very specific ways–labeled folders, binders a certain way etc. Then as teachers, often we will attempt to teach a student a specific way of organizing his or her work–a way that we envision as the typical way a student “should” organize. Eventually, the…
Metrico strips back conventional game narrative and replacing them with infographics.
Video game of info-graphics.
Stripping away until what is essential is all that is left
how to use graphic organizers to organize reading and writing
Reading and writing graphic organizers can be helpful tools to support students in organizing and communicating their thoughts. By using a visual tool, the student will practice communicating and planning creations through multiple senses (visual, auditory etc.). This enables the material to be learned faster and offers ways for the…
Writing Graphic Organizers information including and article entitled
great set of graphic organizers for writing and reading
Communicating with students
Communication is a key element of the student–teacher relationship, as well as a major skill that as a learning specialist I seek to model for my students (to help them communicate better with their learning environment–other teachers, tutors, parents, friends, etc.). My hope is that my students learn how to be adaptive in their education and become their own…
KEYWORDS: playing with weaknesses and strengths organization
Many young learners come to work with me, because they have difficulty with organization. Take a quick look into their backpacks, and one would see a washer machine of papers, strewn into every crevice.
When I ask the student to procure his math homework, it takes an eon to find it beneath the crumpled mounds of paper. How then do I…
A great description of the Alexander Technique by Ari Gil, a teacher of the technique for over 30 years. Ari is based in San Diego and has extensive experience with Wu Style and Yang Style Tai Chi.
Here, Ari is interviewed by fellow Alexander Technique teacher, Robert Rickover.
—Alexander Technique in Brooklyn
Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s…