Embrace the Challenge

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When the term special is used in education, what is the first thought that comes to mind? May I guess? Did  you think of the students with learning disabilities? How often do we as educators (unintentionally, of coarse) overlook the needs of another group of special populations – the gifted students? Do we use them as peer tutors, but then forget to have additional projects ready when they are the first to finish class assignments? They may enjoy helping others, but they need to be challenged in other ways as well. When they are not, they may act out due to boredom. Let’s make a commitment this year to intentionally remember the gifted students and purposefully create regular opportunities to encourage, challenge, and nurture their unique gifts. Here are some suggested resources

At times, the gifted can prove to be the most challenging of students, but I encourage you to lean in and embrace the challenge. You will be rewarded with the joy of making a lasting difference in the lives of these very special young people.

Leave a comment and let us know how you encourage and challenge the gifted students in your classes.

Rules and Routines in the Classroom

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Here is some helpful advice to try as you start your first week of school. Check out the idea of “routines instead of rules.” This change in perspective could make a significant difference in your classroom environment.

How a School Ditched Awards and Assemblies to Refocus on Kids and Learning

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This middle school has ditched the awards ceremony for something that has proved more significant to school culture and community. Use this post as a conversation starter for Education and Training students. Do you think students should be awarded? rewarded? Let us know what you think. Share something that motivates your students!

Jack of the Red Hearts

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Share this movie with Education and Training students as they explore the relationship between effective instructional practices and special-needs conditions. The story has aspects of the relationship between Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. In addition, the movie provides an excellent opportunity for students to apply evaluation and critical thinking skills because the ending is left open. Have students write the end of the story. For example, what happens to Jack? Does she go back to school to become a therapist? Does she become reunited with her sister? In addition, have students use the decision-making process to evaluate the positive and negative consequences of Jack’s behavior.

When Behavior Charts Don’t Work, Throw Them Out!

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Check out this resource on elementary school classroom management. Student teachers will appreciate the shared experiences from this teacher and the practical steps in establishing a positive classroom environment.

Why Games are Good for Learning

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Check out this graphic that illustrates the way the brain engages when learning through games.

Helping Your Child Find Her Voice

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This article on middle-school emotional development is a great resource for Human Growth and Development. Read on…

The Case for the Rebel

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Some of the brightest and most talented students can also be some of the most challenging for classroom teachers. Share this article with Education and Training students to help them gain insight on how to understand and direct the gifted students in their field-site classrooms.




Picting, Not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

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Social media sites continue to gain popularity with today’s youth. Share this article with Education and Training students to learn more about the ways in which “picting” is changing the way teens, as well as adults, communicate. As an activity, lead  students to brainstorm ideas of how the practice of picting might influence their students and their teaching methods.

Five Ways Teacher Leaders Use Storytelling

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This post reminds teachers to be storytellers. Read on to learn more about how storytelling can lead to student engagement. As an activity, have Education and Training students prepare a story to share in their field-site classrooms.

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