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by klmiller posted 5 years 2 months ago to Special Education
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It was a hot, sticky afternoon in Mrs. Hall’s 5th grade classroom.  The students were sleepy and Mrs. Hall was convinced they weren’t paying attention.  Mrs. Hall knew that listening is an active, conscious process that has a huge impact on learning.  She realized there were strategies she could use to wake up the students’ brains, interest and ability to listen.... continue reading

by gadgeteer posted 5 years 2 months ago to Oral Language
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by gadgeteer posted 5 years 2 months ago to Social Studies
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     Debating current issues is a great way to develop a student’s critical thinking skills and maximize student participation in the classroom.  Successful debates involve the selection of audience centered topics.  In preparation for the debates students utilize research from library databases and the internet.  On the day of the debate students should... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 2 months ago to Special Education
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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... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 2 months ago to Parent Involvement
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Children with special learning needs have experienced more failure and disappointment than other children.  Parenting children with special learning needs can be difficult, and calls forth from their parents an extra measure of care in “planting the seeds of greatness.” Seeds of “greatness” grow into strong, confident children—skilled learners who make bold... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 2 months ago to ADD and ADHD
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One meaning of the term “bracketing” is “to place within.” This concept of “placing within” is a helpful strategy that students and adults can use to identify and appropriately deal with distracting thoughts. In stage one, students decide whether their current thoughts are appropriate for the task at hand. If they are not, students can bracket them in stage two... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 2 months ago to Reading
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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... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 2 months ago to Reading
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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... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 2 months ago to ADD and ADHD
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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... continue reading

by Victor posted 5 years 3 months ago to Mathematics
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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... continue reading

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