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Arts Program Shows Promise in Special Ed. Classes - Education Week. Published Online: May 20, 2014 Published in Print: May 21, 2014, as Arts Program Shows Promise in Special Ed.

Arts Program Shows Promise in Special Ed. Classes - Education Week

Classes Special education teacher Elizabeth Rosenberry, right, uses singing in a lesson to encourage Jesus Torres-Tiamani, left, to make eye contact as classmate Ian Tokay looks on. The strategy comes from a federally backed arts initiative for students with severe cognitive and behavioral needs —Emile Wamsteker for Education Week New York Each of the visual arts, music, and dance activities Elizabeth Rosenberry engages in daily with her 2nd graders has a critical underlying goal: eye contact. 7 Creative-Thinking Strategies: Tips for Getting... “Think outside the box.”

7 Creative-Thinking Strategies: Tips for Getting...

Why should we describe innovative thinking with such a worn-out cliché? Let’s create some new expressions for creative thinking. A Tool Box for Managing Stress. By Marcia Eckerd, Ph.D.

A Tool Box for Managing Stress

About UDL. What is Universal Design for Learning?

About UDL

Universal Design for Learningis a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs. Why is UDL necessary? Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Principle III. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement. Click to Get the Guidelines!

Principle III. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement

Affect represents a crucial element to learning, and learners differ markedly in the ways in which they can be engaged or motivated to learn. 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students. My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom.

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. I think she was treading lightly on the ever-so shaky ego of a brand-new teacher while still giving me some very necessary feedback. So that day, I learned about wait/think time. Anxious Students? Amping Up May Be Better Than Calming Down, Study Finds - Inside School Research. Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen. Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill.

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- reading, writing, and speaking. But when we think about career and college readiness, listening skills are just as important. This is evidenced by the listening standards found in the Common Core and also the integral role listening plays in collaboration and communication, two of the four Cs of 21st century learning. Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students. Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective from All Views.

As an education professor, I recently decided it was time to walk the walk of my graduate and undergraduate students.

Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective from All Views

I was ready to experience what happens when the educational neuroscience and the social and emotional disciplines meet head-on with real-life challenges and opportunities. So, while continuing with my courses at the University, I became a fifth grade co-teacher, joining an incredible group of educators from Washington Township, a large public school district in Indianapolis. Joining a Courageous Pilot Program. The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn. In my last post, I began a celebration of brains and made the argument as to why teachers need to brush up on their knowledge of brains in order to reach that all-too-allusive 'tween noggin.

The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn

During this, my second of three posts in this series, I'll bring up a few key terms you should know in your own neurologic education. Then, we'll follow a history-related fact as it enters the brain of an average middle schooler, weaving its way towards the blessed long-term memory. Excerpted from my book, 'Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers, these posts are boiled down versions of my chapter on the 'tween brain in the hopes that we not only increase our own knowledge of our clientele, but share that knowledge with them as well. Brain Talk Before we proceed, here are some key words to know: Automatic Brain: This is also known as the reactive brain and makes up the remaining 83 percent of the brain. 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students. Strategies to Prevent the Neurotoxic Impact of School Stress.

Public high school students in large U.S. cities are more likely to drop out than ever before.

Strategies to Prevent the Neurotoxic Impact of School Stress

Almost 80 percent of the students report that the main problem is boredom. When asked what bores them most, the most frequent responses were that the course material is neither interesting nor relevant to their lives. Boredom Epidemic One formal definition of boredom is "the aversive experience of wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity.

"1 The researchers describe a mismatch between an individual's needed arousal and the availability of external stimulation. Brains and Schools: A Mismatch. 'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy. Published Online: September 10, 2013 Published in Print: September 11, 2013, as 'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction As Ed. Strategy. The 6 Secrets. Express 6.04 - 10 Essential Strategies for Teaching Boys Effectively. 8 Things That Can Make You Smarter. This article originally appeared on Annie Murphy Paul's Brilliant Blog. Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence. Big Ideas In “Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird,” poet Wallace Stevens takes something familiar—an ordinary black bird—and by looking at it from many different perspectives, makes us think about it in new ways.

With apologies to Stevens, we’re going to take the same premise, but change the subject by considering eight ways of looking at intelligence—eight perspectives provided by the science of learning. A few words about that term: The science of learning is a relatively new discipline born of an agglomeration of fields: cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience. Its project is to apply the methods of science to human endeavors—teaching and learning—that have for centuries been mostly treated as an art. As with anything to do with our idiosyncratic and unpredictable species, there is still a lot of art involved in teaching and learning. Try This: Willpower Experiment for Making Smarter, Healthier Choices. Brain Health and Current Events.

Quieter classrooms, halls within Talahi. Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key. The Visual Workplace, and How to Build It. Students Are Competent to Show Us What They Need to Learn. I used to think that giving homework the first day of school set the “tone” for our classroom, that this was an academic class that had rigor and demanded their best. Now I realize that I was trying to intimidate my students so that they would work hard and know that I was the one in charge. What Neuroscience Tells Us About Deepening Learning. Teachers as Brain-Changers: Neuroscience and Learning. Optimizing Young Readers' Brains: Lessons from Neuroscience. Dyslexia Caused By Signal Processing In The Brain.

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Research Traces Impacts of Childhood Adversity. Welcome. Response: Using 'Brain-Based Learning' in the Classroom - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration. At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement. Job-embedded professional development, differentiated arts instruction, and critical-thinking skills integrated into the curricula have been key to their success. Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration. Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning. Students at Bates Middle School learn about art concepts such as photo composition (above) that are integrated into other curricula like math.