Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Academic Content Standards and IEPs

“All IEPs must be aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.”- Quote from the Department of Education. To find links for parents featuring information on Best Practices, Positive Behavioral Interventions, and Tip Sheets- please visit this website.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Common Core-What's right, what's wrong.

Common Core is trying to prepare students for a complicated 21st century world. Some of the ways in which teachers are to implement the standards are through differentiated instruction and meta-cognition about learning. Here is the issue- schools each implement the standards in a different way, many teachers are not given instruction in how to make this happen. And then the way of assessing the student is by using a very standardized computer program. And as students move through high school and on to college, the instructional method in most colleges is still traditional.  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Empathy, Not Testing, Makes for Better Students!

Children and Teens aren’t motivated by external rewards to achieve more in school, but instead by empathic teachers and a positive atmosphere. Safe relationships with teachers help students with their own self image, enhanced engagement with academics and importantly protects against social exclusion by their fellow students. Read more in Science Daily

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Diet, Exercise, and Mental Skills Training Improve Cognitive Functioning

At the end of two years, all participants in the study had improved their performance on a standard set of mental tests, including specific tests of memory, executive function (complex aspects of thought such as planning, judgment, and problem solving), and cognitive processing speed.”

All it took was a healthy diet, an exercise program consisting of strength training one to three times/week, aerobic exercise two to five times a week, and mental skills training three times a week.

Researchers were analyzing what might protect against cognitive impairment. But, I think the study has larger ramifications, especially, for students struggling with executive functioning or cognitive processing speed.