Attending to Details: Visual Supports in the Classroom

Visual supports are common teaching strategies when accommodating children with special needs.  Pictures, frameworks, charts, and symbols can steer learners clear of language barriers and set them up for success.  They are essential tools for children with severe cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Impairments and Developmental Delays.  This is particularly true for visual thinkers. …

Teach Like A Designer

Design is everywhere.  It seeks solutions that are both aesthetic and functional.  With a little bit of creativity and ingenuity we can make our lives easier and enjoyable.  Design has the power to build communities and maximize human potential.  Have a look at the following video and the many examples of the role design plays …

Quick Guide for Accommodating Students with Learning Disabilities

This is just a sample of a few characteristics of Learning Disabilities and some strategies you can use for each. Here is a more extensive list from York Region District School Board.

Smartboarding for Real

You finally got a SMART Board!  Now what?  Here are some things you might not do. Be the only one who uses it. It's interactive.  Give your students a turn, or even better, give them a designated time.  Make it a group work station, a learning centre, a checkpoint, a bansho wall, a drama backdrop, a presentation …

A Case for Social Media in the Classroom

Let's face it.  Social Media is everywhere and a very appealing means of communication for students.  While students may want to socialize, Social Media serves a far greater purpose.  It has the potential to build communities that share, network, collaborate, learn, and create.  This is the kind of positive classroom environment that teachers want for …