As a teacher, I always set high expectations for my students. I was firm on deadlines and adhered to expectations I built from day 1.
Pavlov’s Dog taught us that we pursue activities that provide rewards. This historic experiment is an extremely relevant principle today, especially in education. Students do activities that they can see the value in!
It is finally that time of year again. The time when parents, students, and teachers are all excited for the year that is about to come. Everyone is getting a fresh start. This school year could be when you or your student excels!
The first day of school can be a stressful one. Students have been off for months and struggle to get into the swing of things. Teachers, administrators and parents struggle to help their students make the transition back.
When you decided to become a teacher, what visions did you have for your future? Was it an inspirational tale of you awakening minds? “Ah-hah” moments from students spread throughout each day?
Perhaps you were inspired by a movie, like: Dead Poets Society, Dangerous Minds, or Freedom Writers. Perhaps you instantly connected with those visions and passions to educate children for a brighter future.
In the world of engineering, the best solution to a problem is the “simplest”. Why? Because the more complex a solution is, the more ways it can fail.
Clearly, the best 80/20 leverage point for helping students with ADHD & learning disabilities is to teach strategies aligned to the circuitry of the brain. Not only does this allow for maximum efficiency, it naturally builds detours around traditional challenges.
I have ADHD & dyslexia. Both of my children do, too. Brain-aligned strategies have allowed all of us to have success with learning! The following illustrations explain a few basic concepts about the biology of the brain that provide insight towards brain-friendly strategies.
The Power of Language
Two nights ago, my ten year-old son, Mark, was getting very upset over simple things. After the second meltdown, I knew something was up.
“We are ALL from the City of Detroit…” Well, you might not actually BE from Detroit, but if you work in the field of education, you can probably relate to many of the challenges that Detroit has faced.
Today is the first day of one of the nation’s largest policy conferences, the Mackinac (pronounced “Mack-i-naw”) Conference. It’s the most important event of the year for the political, business, and non-profit organizations of Michigan.
I’m writing this on the 5-hour road trip to Mackinac; where the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan almost meet.
This will make my school year run a lot smoother. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.Michelle P.
Public Middle School
New Orleans, LA
Tobi Flair is the principal at Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, Louisiana. Her building has built a 20-minute session of “SOAR time” into their daily schedule.More Case Studies »