What If It Works?
Have you tried a strategy this week?
Sometimes the difference between a positive learning experience and a frustrating one – for your students, and you – is as simple as trying something, rather than doing nothing.
At Education Modified, we like to ask ourselves,
“What would teaching and learning look like if EVERY teacher implemented specific strategies for specific learners?
How would the collective education of our students with exceptionalities change?
Could we, as a nation, as a world, improve their education and their future?”
PLAYING WHITE NOISE during individual or group work sessions for your students with ADD – and the whole class for that matter – takes just seconds to implement. Why not give it a try several times throughout next school week? See what happens. Did it work? Were your students able to focus a little bit better, a little bit longer?
PLACING VELCRO UNDERNEATH THE DESKS of your students on the Autism Spectrum or with ADHD takes just minutes. Ask your art teacher if s/he has any in the supply closet. Or pick up a small roll at any local convenience store like Walgreens or Rite-Aid (Be sure to keep the receipt for any reimbursement offered by your district. And if this strategy works, ask your department leader to include Velcro in the annual stock list and budget!) Quickly explain to your students why the Velcro is there. Then, just watch what happens. Did their hands find it? How often and when did they seek out the Velcro?
Sometimes, the littlest steps are the easiest to skip because it seems like they won’t make a difference.
But what if we thought about it from the other point of view?
The littlest steps are the easiest to actually DO!
And what if they work?