Universal Design for Learning Welcomes "Everyone" Into The Classroom

The modern classroom is an incredibly diverse and dynamic place. Traditional lesson design focuses on creating instructional presentations to a group of students, in one static way for everyone involved in the lesson. The students have to shift and adjust to fit into the expectations of the presented lessons. Asking the students to adjust their learning to fit the lesson is counterintuitive to the learning process. Effective teachers put the students’ needs first and design their lessons to meet those needs. This is the theory behind Universal Design for Learning or UDL. In a field of acronyms, UDL is an opportunity for ALL student needs to be addressed. UDL uses a flexible, step-by-st

Behavior Is Communication. To Help Kids, Adults Need To Listen

As children develop, they learn how to “live” inside their skin, but that development varies in each child. Through each stage of growth, children emerge by overcoming angst, frustration, and uncertainty. Managing their bodies against their emergent abilities can create a great deal of unrest within them and that can result in difficult behaviors. By acknowledging that behavior is a form of communication, parents and teachers can address behavior by helping them to find a new way to express themselves. Deciphering the meaning behind behavior can be accomplished by studying the circumstances around that behavior. By employing some helpful strategies, a better understanding can be achieved

The "Power" Of The Pause

We live in a fast paced, constantly changing society with ever increasing demands on our time. Voicemails, e-mails and text messages demand our immediate attention. As everyone rushes just to keep up, our children are watching. All of that “rushing” limits our abilities to use one of our most powerful tools, the “pause”. What would happen if we took the time to think and reflect on our next course of action? Pausing can provide that moment of reflection, but to use it to its most beneficial advantage, a thoughtful approach must be employed. A pause is defined as a temporary stop or rest, especially in either speech or action. That “pause” can lead to a practice known as “mindfulness

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