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7 Organizational Tricks that Keep Educational Materials Orderly and Accessible

Posted by Erica Warren on

When you have as much material and resources as I have collected over the past 20 years acting as a learning specialist, it can be easy to overlook some great options or even have trouble finding the needed materials. A number of years ago, I decided to tackle this problem head on. Strategies for Clearing Your Clutter and Organizing Your Materials Clearing your clutter and organizing your materials can be a great way to make your home and practice manageable, comfortable, and efficient. What’s more, it makes your space look more attractive and you won’t waste time locating the needed...

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Cognitive Exercises Solve Reading and Math Difficulties

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Many young learners struggle with basic reading and math because the cognitive skills required to do these tasks are weak. Therefore, these children need to strengthen these processing areas before they attempt to learn how to decode words and execute basic computations. What are the Core Areas of Cognition Required for Basic Reading and Math? Sequential processing and memory: The ability to scan, make sense of, and remember information in a sequence or series. Auditory processing and memory: The ability to listen, make sense of, and remember information that is heard. Visual processing and memory: The ability to scan, make...

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Developing Writing Skills for Students with Dyslexia

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Do some of your students struggle with subtle linguistic cues, tricky wording and following both oral and written directions?  Difficulties in these areas can make it challenging to complete all aspects of an assignment, interpret multistep directions and comprehend multiple choice tests.  This is a common problem for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, however, most students benefit from the development of this skill.  So what can we do to help foster these skills while bringing in the fun factor? Like reading, writing is a complex process that requires students to multitask.  In fact, all students must master...

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Using Tiled Floor to Create a Coordinate Plane Game

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I love to use stairs and tiled floors when teaching math concepts. In fact, I integrate as much movement and games as possible into my lessons with students. This week, I will present my rationale and share a specific kinesthetic and playful strategy for teaching the coordinate plane. Although many educators recognize the connection between learning, movement and games, many dismiss the correlation once children get beyond first and second grade. I propose we are never to old to move and play! Movement Improves Learning for 4 Reasons: It feeds the brain by increasing blood flow and oxygen. It improves...

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What Do Working Memory Problems Look Like in Kids?

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With working memory reported to be the number one indicator of academic success, it's surprising that most teachers and parents know little about it. Working memory is like a mental dry erase board where we post information until we need to use it in short-term memory.  This information is accessible through one's inner visualizations as well as one's inner voice. There are a Number of Misconceptions about Working Memory: 1) Myth: Kids with a weak working memory have ADHD or other learning disabilities. 1) Truth: Some kids just have a weak working memory that doesn't warrant a diagnosis of ADHD or a learning...

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