What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes — no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding — just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing […]
Do our young people really need math? The standard answer is “Of course, look at our changing technological world.” But the secret, seldom-spoken response is, “That’s exactly why I don’t need it. Machines can do it all for me. And besides, I’ll never be an engineer.” So students opt out, sitting in classrooms going through […]
The classroom environment can be a challenging place for a child with an attention deficit. The very tasks these students find the most difficult—sitting still, listening quietly, concentrating—are the ones they are required to do all day long. Perhaps most frustrating of all is that most of these children want to be able to learn […]
As a teacher, understanding the common characteristics of ASD might help you work with students who may be on the spectrum. Remember that each person is unique and displays a different combination of strengths, weaknesses, behaviors, interests, talents, and skills that they bring to the classroom. Breaking down tasks into understandable components and providing motivational […]
By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer It has long been said that dogs are man’s best friend, but did you know they could be a child’s, too? In recent years, dogs have increasingly been used to aid learning and development in children with considerable success. It is estimated that 10 million children face difficulties when it comes to learning […]
Many people think that reading comes naturally and easily to all people, however, while the brain is hard-wired for speaking, it is not designed for reading. Instead, the brain must be taught to read and during this process, many things can go wrong. Many children, including very bright ones, can have problems learning to read. […]
Teaching mathematics with a problem-centered approach may cause some teachers to step outside of their own comfort zone, the benefits that students receive from learning in this environment are well worth the discomfort that may be felt. Take a look at the 5 benefits of a problem-centered math classroom followed by a classroom video segment below.
Students must engage in lessons at a deeper level more than ever before. However, many educators are left wondering, what does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and how can I do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, […]