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7 Great Strength-Based Universal Design for Learning Apps for Students with Special Needs

7 Great Strength-Based Universal Design for Learning Apps for Students with Special Needs | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it
 
Posted on February 18, 2013 by Thomas Armstrong

The rapid pace of new educational technologies has made it so that students with special needs can accomplish many things in the classroom that…

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Excellent resource for special needs students.

 

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Test Scores vs. Entrepreneurship: PISA, TIMSS, and Confidence

Test Scores vs. Entrepreneurship: PISA, TIMSS, and Confidence | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it
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Learning isn't the only thing shut down by our obsession with testing.

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Emotional Competency - Dialogue

Emotional Competency - Dialogue | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it

Dialogue is the creative thinking together that can emerge when genuine empathetic listening, respect for all participants, safety, peer relationships, suspending judgment, sincere inquiry, courageous speech, and discovering and disclosing assumptions work together to guide our conversations. It is an activity of curiosity, cooperation, creativity, discovery, and learning rather than persuasion, competition, fear, and conflict. Dialogue is the only symmetrical form of communication. Dialogue emerges from trusting relationships


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I know a few reluctant learners who thrive on Minecraft!

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Racing In The Rain: What I Don't Want To Forget

Racing In The Rain: What I Don't Want To Forget | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it

This teacher recognizes that what you see is not always what you get and therefore shouldn't direct what you give.  Shutdown learners are like a delicate plant - sensitivity and rich nourishment are so important to survival, before we can even think of thriving.  But the rewards of patience and perseverance are so rich...

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5 Reasons to Add Technology to Your Classroom | The Inspired Classroom

5 Reasons to Add Technology to Your Classroom | The Inspired Classroom | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it

Technology alone isn't the answer, but its effective use can have a huge impact on what shutdown learners are willing to try.

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Three Key Ways the Brain Learns | The Inspired Classroom

Three Key Ways the Brain Learns | The Inspired Classroom | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it

All three points in this brief article can create opportunities to effectively connect with shutdown learners: 1) create an active, play-based environment, 2) reduce stress in as many ways as possible, and 3) engage emotions.

 

The first two are quite clear, however the third benefits from some exploration.  All emotions create stronger connections in human memory.  The more connections that are activated during an experience the better it is remembered.  Emotion is controlled by our amygdala, an evolutionarily ancient part of the brain.  At one time, survival often depended on the connections between emotion and experience.  A predator's approach invoked fear, followed by flight and increased chance of survival.

 

What does this mean to kids who no longer care about learning?  who have very little motivation?  In terms of emotion, it helps us understand that they may have prior connections between learning and negative feelings.  We need to appreciate as a possible cause for disinterest.  No matter how fun and exciting an activity you prepare is, if the overriding emotional connection remains negative, they will still avoid the opportunity.

 

It is my sincere belief that positive emotional connections must exist first in order for shutdown students to even have a chance of being engaged in their own learning.  Shutdown learners are invariably smart kids, ones who see insincerity and ploys a long way off.  Sincere, caring, authentic relationships between students and those whose role it is to facilitate learning are a necessary component to opening them up to learning.  The positive emotional engagement referred to in this article has to start with the people, the relationships - then the valve will be opened for the positive feelings to flow into the activities.

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The Shut-Down Learner

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One of the worst feelings a child can have is being discouraged in school. The sense of hopelessness that pervades can become almost insurmountable. This is the emotional experience for the child called the shut-down learner.
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10 Teacher Resources For Motivating Students - Edudemic

10 Teacher Resources For Motivating Students - Edudemic | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it
Learnist and Edudemic have teamed up to bring you some useful resources for motivating students, encouraging discussion, and more!

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Education Rethink: 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners

Education Rethink: 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it

By John T. Spencer

 

"I hit a point yesterday where I found myself overwhelmed by the standards. I was trying to make sense out of how to organize them into units and then how to integrate the topics from subject to subject. I became tense, clenched jaw, deep breaths and all. I had unit plans and a week-by-week framework and brainstorms of different strategies and I began to obsess about what I was missing and how I was organizing it.

 

"Then I walked away and refocussed. I made a web connecting concepts from one subject to another. I saw themes emerge. Real themes. Meaningful themes. I began to ask, "Why does this matter?" rather than "How do I organize it?" I started to picture myself as a student and then I pictured former students.

 

"I pulled out a sheet of paper (yep, I still use that) and write the words, "Be intentional." From there, I started my own list of what I plan to do to engage students. I'm planning the framework this week, but I plan to look honestly at everything next week and ask myself if my plans have the following:"

 

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Studies Link Students' Boredom to Stress

Studies Link Students' Boredom to Stress | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it
Students may say a teacher's lesson is boring, a researcher says, when frustration is really what they feel.

 

This is an interesting perspective when considering reluctant learners and their experience of school.  Some students lack the vocabulary to express themselves clearly, even in their own minds.  Feelings of reluctance, avoidance and anxiety can be masked (to themselves and to others) as boredom.  It saves a lot of face, too, to say "I'm bored" instead of "I'm scared/confused/anxious."

 

Everyone has a maximum tolerance for stress, regardless of the source (home, school, internal). When students have all they can cope with, the reality is that school often doesn't warrant an allocation of their mental, emotional and physical resources. So what do they do?  Revert to survival mode, protect what they do have left.  This often means disengagement, boredom and "checking out".

 

We have to remember that the system often conditions students not to display what may be perceived as weakness.  But boredom?  That is eminently acceptable amongst peers, as well as safe.  Teachers must guard against reducing expectations for a student who is bored and clearly not "into" a task.  They must work to find a point to re-engage the student.  As the article states, it is a collaborative effort.

 

In order for that to be successful, additional hurdles must be identified.  Are there skill gaps that need addressed?   Learning disabilities that are unknown?  Or are they known but accommodations/modifications are not being made?  What would success for this student at this time be?  Can we personalize their learning more to help bridge the gaps, reduce anxieties and find openings for connection?  Is the material directed by the teacher too much?  Does the student have an opportunity for creativity and control?

 

What are your experiences?  What have you found to be successful in engaging bored or reluctant learners?

 

 

 

 

 

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Motivational Ideas On How To Boost A Child's Passion For Learning Throughout The Entire School Year - The Inspired Classroom

Motivational Ideas On How To Boost A Child's Passion For Learning Throughout The Entire School Year - The Inspired Classroom | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it
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How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain

How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it

A mouse that runs all the time is smarter than one that doesn’t. Probably true for people, too.

 

- Maybe not that they are just smarter, but that their brains are in better shape to be resilient, responsive and receptive to learning!!

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Confessions of a Partially Proficient Parent: Expanded Learning Opportunities | EdNews Parent

Confessions of a Partially Proficient Parent: Expanded Learning Opportunities | EdNews Parent | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it

WITH VIDEO: The Colorado Legacy Foundation finds a fun way to talk about ELO (no, not the 1970s rock band), Expanded Learning Opportunities. Check out the video and share your most creative ideas about how we should to do school.

 

I don't live in Colorado, but the keys points in the CLF's plan to improve education are relevant everywhere.

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Education Week Teacher: Flattening the School Walls

Education Week Teacher: Flattening the School Walls | Shutdown Learners and Anxiety | Scoop.it
Principal Tom Horn, a self-described "hippie kid from Eugene," has transformed a troubled alternative high school in Oregon—not to mention his teachers' job descriptions—by introducing a radical project-based learning model.
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