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Things You Can Do (That Really Help) When Teaching Children With Learning Difficulties

Things You Can Do (That Really Help) When Teaching Children With Learning Difficulties

When a child with learning difficulties is placed in a classroom, a teacher will oftentimes start to brainstorm ways to create a successful classroom for the student. They will start to think about things that they can do for the child to help tackle these learning difficulties and provide an excellent school year. Here are a few of the things that will make a big difference.

1. Include More Special Needs In The Classroom

It is important not only for the teacher, but also for the other children in the room to understand learning difficulties. An excellent way to do this is to use puppets with special needs and include topical books in the regular class bookshelves. This will help the children in the class to better understand the difficulties the student with the learning difficulties may be having, and help to include the child more often. Children have an amazing ability to display empathy and understanding for others, so this will be an excellent idea for any classroom!

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2. Use Reinforcers

A training class once mentioned that without reinforcements, you have nothing. While this training was specifically for students on the Autism spectrum, it’s a true statement for any child with a learning disability. Children with a learning disability will oftentimes try to avoid school work because they don’t understand it or don’t feel that they can’t complete it, which is completely understandable. Unfortunately though, sometimes the avoidance occurs and the student begins acting out behaviorally or refusing to do the work. This can disrupt a classroom easily.

If a teacher is prepared with a reinforcer, something that the student is willing to work for, then the teacher will have a much easier time getting the student to complete the work. A reinforcer can be something as simple as reading a favorite book or a few minutes of computer time, and it can make a very big difference in the child’s day!

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3. Add That Extra Bit Of Praise

When a student has a learning difficulty, it can make a school day very challenging. Imagine being at work and not being able to keep up with all of your co-workers, knowing that you were disappointing your supervisor. It would feel awful and extremely stressful. So, it is important for teachers to remember that every accomplishment that a student with a learning difficulty makes, no matter how small it may seem, should be praised. Verbal praise, or even non-verbal with a simple pat on the shoulder, can help make the student feel successful. That extra bit of praise will go such a long way in making the student feel better and more like his peers, along with being very encouraging for the next time!

4. Allow For Sensory Needs

People sometimes think that Autism is the only learning difficulty that benefits from sensory needs. But truthfully, many students with learning difficulties benefit greatly when allowed time to fulfill their sensory needs. When something becomes overwhelming or stressful in the classroom, it is helpful to have either a place in the classroom or a sensory area in the school building where the student may be excused to relax themselves by using sensory input. It can be anything from soft pillows, swings (if the school allows), rice shakers, or anything that the student is in need of. This gives the student time to calm down and prepare to return to the classroom.

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5. Use Visual Schedules

Using visual schedules in the classroom can help make a child’s day run so much smoother. A student with learning difficulties often likes to know what is coming next so that they can be prepared for the next lesson or special class. By hanging a daily schedule in the room or by making an individual schedule for the student that is either posted to the desk or accessible to the student, it will help keep the student organized and aware of what will happen next.

Learning difficulties can present challenges for a classroom, but nothing that is impossible for a teacher to overcome. The most important thing to do is to get to know and understand the student so you will know what will help the student the most. These extra supports for a student can help to create an amazing and successful school year!

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Featured photo credit: US Department of Education via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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