Good Sensory Learning Blog

Teaching Students Relaxation and Attention Skills with the Muse

Posted by Erica Warren on

Due to high classroom expectations and an increase in testing, I find that more and more of my students are coming to my after school sessions spent and weary from a long day at school and many are plagued with social and/or academic anxiety. Additionally, I’m seeing this concerning profile in a younger and younger student population. How Can I Address Low Stamina and Student Anxiety? At first, I offered my students the opportunity to dip their hands into what I call my, “zen table.” The zen table is a hollow coffee table that I filled with lentils, mung beans,...

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7 Free Activities that Sharpen and Strengthen Language Skills

Posted by Erica Warren on

Integrating fun activities that help students to improve their language processing skills can be a great way to ignite a love for learning and strengthen cognition. In fact, strong language processing skills are vital for interpreting and interacting with the environment. What is Language Processing? Language processing is how people use sensory stimuli to process and understand incoming information as well as how they use words to verbally express ideas and feelings. Therefore, it is how the brain understands (receptive language) and creates language (expressive language). What are Some Signs of Language Processing Difficulties? Problems following oral directions. Difficulty expressing...

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Learning to a Beat Can Improve Student Mood Attention and Stamina

Posted by Erica Warren on

Having to complete homework after a full day of school is really challenging for some learners. The thought of having to pull out books and get back to work after sitting at a desk for most of the day can be an overwhelming and daunting undertaking. In fact, many students would rather do just about anything than school work. So what can we do to help them get through their assignments in a focused and mindful manner? A Consistent Beat Can Help Improve Mood, Attention, Processing Speed and Stamina Metronomes have been used to enhance abilities in sports and music for...

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Erasable Frixion Markers Make Learning Both Fun and Memorable

Posted by Erica Warren on

Frixion pens, highlighters and markers are currently my favorite tool for making my sessions both fun and memorable. From colorcoding, to erasing mishaps, to sending secret messages, these magical writing utensils will engage students of all ages. Just this past week, one of my students, that is a senior in high school, had a blast breaking down the steps required to complete mathematical logarithms. What Are My Favorite Frixion Options? Most recently, I found a set of 24, different, vibrant markers that can bring a rainbow of colors to assignments and projects. Best of all, with the swipe of the attached rubber eraser, the ink disappears. I’m...

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How to Edit Google Documents with Free Text to Voice

Posted by Erica Warren on

Learn how you can edit your Google documents with the help of text to speech.  Google offers extensions that open up new possibilities.  Come read Dr. Erica Warren's insightful post.

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