Archives for November, 2011

Book Review: The Short Bus. A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney

  I came across this book one afternoon while searching online for anything to help me, as a Learning Support Teacher, get a better grasp on the emotional delicacies of my students.  I am constantly looking for new ways and ideas to help me help Classroom Teachers, Paraprofessionals, School Administrators and parents/care givers understand some of the struggles  and gain more empathy Read full article »

List-Group-Label Strategy

List-Group-Label is a great strategy for vocabulary development, especially for international schools that use the Understanding by Design framework. Read and WATCH all about it here.   Read full article »

Tips on how to talk to your child about report cards.

Tips on how to talk to your child about report cards. As the end of the semester is drawing near, it’s report card time again.  Teachers are currently busy writing reports for each and every student here in the Elementary School.  You won’t receive your child’s report card for a few weeks.  But, the Learning Support Department wanted to take this Read full article »

Sensory Smart Tip: Help Your Child Develop Handwriting Skills Using Fun Activities

A wonderful post below from the folks at sensorysmartparent.com School occupational therapists (OTs) often work with children on fine motor delays and other difficulties that contribute to poor handwriting. All of us are handwriting less often, and technology is offering new ways to translate words to a page or screen. As a result, fewer children have enough time to practice handwriting to Read full article »

Social competence and the child with learning disabilities

From www.ldonline.org By: Rick Lavoie (2005) Since the inception of the field of learning disabilities in the l960s, helping professionals have concentrated their resources and energies in the remediation and improvement of academic skills. Countless hours of classroom time have been devoted to the children's mastery of the skills related to language arts, mathematics and science. Finally, in the mid-l980s the field Read full article »

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Tumble Books

Tumble Books is a huge online resource of books which can be read or listened to online. Many of the books have quizzes and questions afterword to help explore children's comprehension of the book. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Brain Pop

Brain POP is the home of fun learning! This site offers student the chance to explore many aspects of the world around us in a lively and exciting way. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Dance Mat Typing

BBC School's Dance Mat Typing is THE place to go for the least boring way to learn to touch type! This site takes student's through basic typing skills via a host of fun songs and crazy characters. No passwork required!