August 2017 Resource Round-up

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infoicon  Flexible & Responsive Classroom Environments 

  • Class Environment Reflection Tool: This checklist helps classroom teachers access their classroom environment through a Self-Reg lens. It includes consideration for both macro-environments (classroom organization, visual and auditory stimuli, nutrition, hydration) and the adaptations and tools to meet the self-regulation needs of individual students (quiet area, alternative work spaces).
  • Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environments that Kids Need: Flexible classrooms give students a choice in what kind of learning space works best for them, and help them to work collaboratively, communicate, and engage in critical thinking.
  • Today’s Classrooms Should be About Flexible Teaching – Not Furniture: One teacher’s experience of how changing to flexible seating transformed his teaching practice and created more opportunities to reach individual student needs.

 

ideas  First Week of School Ideas 

  • Educational Leadership – What To Do In Week One?:  Students’ learning is markedly influenced by their connectedness with the adults in charge, classmates, and the larger community. This article outlines way to take advantage of this dynamic to support learning during the first weeks of school.
  • Growth Mindset: The Power of Yet: This post outlines an activity that can faciliate a conversation about differences and growth mindset using the book Giraffe’s Can’t Dance. Included in the post are materials to personalize the concept of growth mindset.
  • Our Hopes and Dreams for School: Inviting students to name learning goals (hopes and dreams) right away shows them that school is a safe place, that they’re important members of the classroom, and that they can look forward to an engaging, challenging, and fun year of learning. The process of articulating hopes and dreams varies depending on the students’ grade level and the teacher’s style. Included are ideas for various grade ranges.
  • I Wish My Teacher Knew: An exercise to get to know your students; To find out what they’re like: what they love, what scares them, what they need help with…etc.

 

inclusiveed  Inclusive Education: Universal Design for Learning 

 

mentalhealth  Mental Health/Wellness: What Survival Looks Like

Inner World Work in UK has created booklets for school staff and parents to help with understanding what survival states look like in home and school environments and what can be done to support children/youth and subsequently improve their learning. The final document on the list allows the student to create a book that reflects their own survival patterns and supports.

 

parenting  Parenting: Blog Posts Worth Reading 

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