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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged -- whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason -- educators can find a way in by tapping into students' interests and passion.

Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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This article talks about how necessary it is for teachers to meet the needs of their students. Obviously, this is a tricky task since no two students are alike. This article basically states that by engaging students' passions and interests into the classroom they will be more motivated to learn. This article focuses mainly on students with language barriors but this concept applies to all students. I think that this could be a useful technique for myself and all teachers.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 19, 3:35 PM

Good review article with applications with English as an International Language.

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“The key thing about deeper learning for the kids we work with is not whether they can do it, but how can we structure classrooms so they can be successful,” 

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A Special Educator Shares Her Perspective on the Common Core State Standards | Common Core Standards | At School

A Special Educator Shares Her Perspective on the Common Core State Standards | Common Core Standards | At School | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
A special education teacher shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards and children with ADHD and learning disabilities.
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Common Core Standards in regards to students with Learning Disabilities. The concept of standards is not new, and holding children to these higher standards helps to push further intellectual development. Are these topics too general? If different teachers interpret the standards as meaning different things, how can one exam, test the knowledge of these standards? How does this play into LD students? These students already need more attention from the teacher. Does CCSS distract teachers from truly teaching in order to meet testing standards?

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School is a prison — and damaging our kids

School is a prison — and damaging our kids | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
Longer school years aren't the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn't work

Via Sarah Molina
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Traditional schools a prison? That sounds a little harsh to me, but it is true that schools today are still based off of history and tradition rather than new research. We try to incorporate new technology and techniques into our classrooms, but should we consider transforming the entire structure of the school day/year altogether? How could this help to benefit children with ADHD and other learning disabilities?

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Sarah Molina's curator insight, May 1, 8:39 AM

My scoop that is titled "School is a prison," has a lot of interesting topics that we have touched in class. In discussion circles my table has talked about traditional schooling compared to nontraditional, and how we feel about them. This article talked about school restricting freedom. The author states that the "natural drives and abilities of young people to learn are fully sufficient to motivate their entire education." I do agree with this but I also believe that school is not a prison. I want to learn ways in which I can make my classroom inviting and successful in driving the abilities of my students to achieve and learn to their best ability.

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Learning Disabilities: Implications for Policy Regarding Research and Practice | LD Topics | LD OnLine

Learning Disabilities: Implications for Policy Regarding Research and Practice | LD Topics | LD OnLine | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
LD OnLine is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders. LD OnLine works in association with Learning Disabilities Association of America, International Dyslexia Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Schwab Foundation for Learning, and the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities.
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Research about LDs is happening no doubt, but I think it is necessary to research LD in relation to the classroom. Obviously we need to know the basics before we can further develop classroom techniques, but to me I feel like school is such a staple in predicting success that there needs to be better LD policies in place that will help these students succeed like other sudents. What are some imporvements we can make to the current policies? What as teachers can we change or add to our teaching styles and techniques to increase the chance of success in all of our students?

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Experts to rethink learning disability - HealthCanal.com

Experts to rethink learning disabilityHealthCanal.comA cross-disciplinary team from the USA, Netherlands, and the UK will come together at the University of Dundee this week to try and develop a better understanding of the concept of 'learning...

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This article talked about a new discussion in the area of learning disabilities. The emphasis is being taken away from only the classroom and acadmeic setting and refocusing on understaninding the impact of a learning difficulty on a person's life in general. As a teacher, understanding students' needs in and out of the classroom will be essential to communicating more effectively with them.

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Meditation seen promising as ADHD therapy

Meditation seen promising as ADHD therapy | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The practice of transcendental meditation may help children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder manage their symptoms, research suggests.In a pilot study, researchers...
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This article talks about new research that shows promising results for using meditation as an ADHD therapy. Although the research is new and still needs expanding this possibly could be an additional or replacement treatment for children with ADHD. These meditation techniques are described as simple and easy to learn. I think it could be helpful for teachers to be trained in some of these meditation techniques and possibly work it into some lessons in the classroom or when students become distracted. This way all students can refocus their energy on learning the expected material.

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Maslow | Hierarchy of Needs

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Maslow (1954) stated that human motivation is based on people seeking fulfilment and change through personal growth. Maslow described self-actualized people as those who were fulfilled and doing all they were capable of.

Via Sarah McComb
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I found this article to be very informative. After briefly discssing Maslow in class, I became more interested in the Hierarchy of Needs. This article discusses not only the original hierarchy but also the expanded version which includes: cognitive, aesthetic, and transcendence needs. This article does not realte the hierarchy directly to education or children, but it explains in more detail the different needs that must be satisfied in order to be motivated to learn.
Obviously there are many different theories when it comes to motivating children; as a future teacher I think it is important to learn a variety of these theories. This way we can motivate students in different ways, and also understand why certain students struggle with lack of motivation.

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Creating Classroom Routines & Procedures | Scholastic.com

Creating Classroom Routines & Procedures | Scholastic.com | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
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Classroom routines are the backbone of education according to this article. This link shows a list of slideshows that illustrate different routines and set-ups for elementary school age children.

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National Autism Resources

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Information & Insights on the Autism Spectrum
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This article will truly help me as a future educator.  It states right away that most children with autism learn better visually and thrive with consistency and structure. I think as a teacher have a strong daily routine will benefit all of the students. Incorporating different styles of teaching will be more difficult since i tend to learn best through writing and reading the required material. I now realize that as a teacher I can never stop making a conscious effort to cater to all of my students. This will not just be as a new teacher either, because every year brings new students with different needs.

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What Are Learning Disabilities? - National Center for Learning Disabilities | NCLD.org - NCLD

What Are Learning Disabilities? - National Center for Learning Disabilities | NCLD.org - NCLD | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
What is a learning disability? A learning disability affects the brain's ability to receive, process, store, respond to and communicate information. See the chart below for specific types of learning disabilities and related disorders.
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Lately I have been focusing a lot of attention to ADHD. I think we often forget that there is a wide range of learning disabilities and that every case is unique. This article gives an overview of the different types of disabilities and outlines their terminology and symptoms. This is information that is not only helpful as a future educator but necessary to be aninformed person. There are many misconceptions about learning disabilities and it is important to get the facts straight. As a future teacher this was extremely useful to recognize LD in my future students and to plan lessons that factor in LD students' difficulties.

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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged -- whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason -- educators can find a way in by tapping into students' interests and passion.

Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
Rachael Grant's insight:

This article talks about how necessary it is for teachers to meet the needs of their students. Obviously, this is a tricky task since no two students are alike. This article basically states that by engaging students' passions and interests into the classroom they will be more motivated to learn. This article focuses mainly on students with language barriors but this concept applies to all students. I think that this could be a useful technique for myself and all teachers.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 19, 3:35 PM

Good review article with applications with English as an International Language.

Alicia Grace Lawson O'Brien's curator insight, July 16, 12:23 PM

“The key thing about deeper learning for the kids we work with is not whether they can do it, but how can we structure classrooms so they can be successful,” 

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10 Important Facts About Learning Disabilities in Children Infographic

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The 10 Important Facts About Learning Disabilities Infographic states some facts about Learning Disabilities to help you understand them better.

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I always thought that there were more people with learning disabilities! This list of ten quick facts about LDs says that there is only ten percent of people with learning difficulties are in enrolled in a four year college within two years of leaving high school. This was very surprising to me! This opened my eyes to how alone these students must feel. It would be difficult enough to have a different learning style than most of your peers or your teacher, but to have a diagnosed disability would be very frustrating.

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Howard Fulfrost's curator insight, February 9, 10:49 AM

Another great infographic with some telling statistics about learning disabilities!

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Psychology Today on ADHD: French children don't need medications to control their behavior

Psychology Today on ADHD:  French children don't need medications to control their behavior | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
Fortunately neither of my children suffer from attention difficulties, but as a teacher I have worked with many students that do.   What typically happens in an American classroom where a child has...

Via Giovanni Benavides
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Psychology Today's article discsses several factors that are associated with attention deficits, and compares the significant differences between French and American children. This seems revelant to the classroom espcialy in the United States becuase of the vast marjority of students that are effected by ADHD. As a future teacher, I think attention problems can be a major obstacle in the classroom.

This article discusses the French alternative to medication; the French attempt to approach ADHD as a social behavior rather than a chemical imbalance in the brain. They have used combinations of familty therapy and psycho-therapy to try to get to the root of the issue that causes these children to act out. I would be in favor or incorporating therapy into the lives of ADHD children. With a improved techniques, these children will not have to be so heavily medicated and they can interact in a positive environment.

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