Good Sensory Learning Blog

Positive Learning Environment - Why It Matters

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Part of the learning process is making mistakes. However, inadvertently teachers and parents often correct young learners with negative remarks. Kids continually hear the words "no," "incorrect" and "wrong." What’s more, in moments of frustration, many children must withstand cutting, belittling names such as careless, lazy and unmotivated. I think we have all been called these names at some time in our life, and I can promise you, these negative labels never help the situation. It only breeds frustration and disempowerment. In fact, if teachers or parents get too critical, students can feel dejected and even develop a sense of...

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Attention Building Activities - Working Memory & Hemisphere Integration

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Successful learners are fully engaged, can maintain attention and they activate both hemispheres of their brain. However, many young learners go through their daily classroom activities without being fully conscious of the task at hand. Many of these kids struggle with executive functioning and working memory difficulties. They may be constantly distracted by external stimuli as well as their own internal thoughts that take them on “little trips” outside of the classroom. Although their bodies are present, their minds are elsewhere. What’s more, when these students eventually become consciously involved in the classroom, many have missed important instruction and they...

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Midterms and Finals: Free Strategies and Handouts for Success

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For many students, midterms or finals are right around the corner, and learning how to plan for these comprehensive exams can be key to helping them manage test anxiety and achieve the desired grades.  What Can Teachers Do to Help Prepare Students for Midterms and Finals? 1. Throughout the Term Encourage Your Students to Create a “Test Preparation Portfolio”: Help your students to create test preparation materials weekly from homework, classwork, notes, handouts and textbooks. Provide the opportunity for your students to ask questions about prior class content that creates confusion when they are preparing their portfolio. Evaluate each student’s...

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Multisensory Teaching Accommodates the 12 Ways of Learning

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To be a true multisensory teacher, it is important to be aware of all 12 Ways of Learning. The Eclectic Teaching Approach merges the theories of cognitive styles, multiple intelligences, information processing, and multisensory learning to reveal 12 diverse and distinctive ways of processing and encoding information. Accommodating Individual Needs Each of these learning modalities lie on a continuum and individuals have their own profiles that are based on cognitive strengths, preferences as well as exposure to each methodology. Tailor Your Teaching Approach By learning about the Eclectic Teaching Approach, teachers, educational therapists, parents and even employers can be more...

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More Games that Benefit the Brain: A Review

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If you have been reading my blogs, you know I'm a big fan of bringing the fun factor into learning. In fact, did you know there are many games that can improve cognitive functioning?  Some Games Exercise and Strengthen the Brain Kids love to play card and board games, and there are quite a few that exercise and strengthen the brain. Games that require players to use their memory, attention, planning abilities, and visualization skills can help to improve working memory and executive functions at large.  Other games that require one to process visual information can help to develop visual...

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