Children who live with failure experience negative feelings such as shame, isolation, and anger. These students need guidance to develop personal skills that support their success. According to research conducted by the Frostig Center in Pasadena, six personal attributes form the core characteristics that contribute to success for special needs students. Successful individuals do not necessarily have all six of these qualities. These attributes are:
Individuals with ADHD and ADD often have difficulty with Executive Skills, also called Executive Functions. These are the skills that help us manage and direct our lives. They are analogous to the activities that an executive engages in to manage and direct a company or business.
Executive skills allow us to plan and organize our behavior, make well-considered decisions, overrule immediate desires in favor of longer-term goals, take conscious control of our emotions, and monitor our thoughts in order to work more efficiently and effectively.
Reading is a highly complex, integrated activity that daunts as many as 33 percent of the population.
Many children become proficient readers regardless of how they are taught. However, for children who experience difficulty learning to gain meaning from print, reading must be systematically and carefully taught. Mastering the following components of the reading process is essential if students are to become proficient readers.
The "clicks and clunks" technique was originally introduced by Christine D. Bremer, Sharon Vaughn, Ann T. Clapper, and Ae-Hwa Kim in 2002. Read their original article here.
When it "Clicks," all is well in the world of decoding and easy comprehension. Reading is a joyful way to explore the world!
But when students encounter parts of the text that are not understood, they "Clunk!" and the reading process slows down.
A short web search only and you will find many utterances like the followings:
“Learning the "multiplication tables" is one of the first traumas that children usually face when learning arithmetic.”
“The dread rite of passage all children face: the multiplication tables.”
“Parents often remark that their children experience difficulty retaining their math’s times tables.”
“On a personal level, as a kid I found learning my multiplication tables terribly hard.”
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out; a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.”
Thinking of what education might look like in the next decade, one quickly realizes that the trends in technology are leaving a large number of our students behind. We no longer live in an age of visible movement when it comes to progress and innovation. Today is an age of exponential change. New and ever-improving technologies are popping up every day and in every corner of society.