How to Use Storytelling Yoga in the Classroom

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classroom storytelling yogaIf you have an extra 15 minutes you can accomplish three things in your classroom:

  • Calm yourself and your students
  • Engage them in a story
  • Become more physically fit

You can accomplish all of this through Storytelling Yoga. It combines two popular yet age old activities; storytelling and yoga. The benefits of both activities alone are incredible, but when combined, you will likely engage more students than you normally would using only one of the two. This appeals to visual learners, audio learners and kinesthetic learners. Continue reading



Activities to Support Dementia Awareness Week

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Raising Awareness About Dementia

It is so important to bring awareness to dementia related diseases because there is not yet a cure, but early diagnosis can help improve the life of people with dementia and their families. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, being the 6th leading cause of death in United States. Although it is true that memory loss can happen more frequently as we age, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, those with dementia show significant impairment of two of the below items.

  • Memory
  • Communication and language
  • Ability to focus and pay attention
  • Reasoning and judgment
  • Visual perception

Dementia related diseases like Alzheimer’s alter the communication between brain cells causing mental, emotional, physical and behavioral changes. This is much more than just forgetting things as we age. It is important to monitor aging loved ones for changes in their behavior and bring them to see a doctor early on, since most cases of dementia start slowly and progress. Continue reading



Sensory Balls – DIY STEAM Activity

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My 10 year old daughter came home after being at her friend’s house with some sensory balls that she made herself. I thought it was a really cool concept, and asked if she could teach me how to make them! So we turned this idea into a weekend STEAM project. These sensory balls were fun to make, plus they were educational! This project can go in a number of directions with different color polymer beads, balloon sizes, and amount of water.

Materials:

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3 Ways to Engage Students in Your Special Education Classroom

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special education Now that the school year is well underway, whether you are a new teacher or a 30+ year veteran teacher, you are certainly learning a lot about your students and what is or is not working for you, your students, or your classroom.  You may even be noticing that some students are not as engaged in learning as you would like them to be, or are struggling to keep up with new concepts.

I am a resource room special educator for students in grades 5-8 in a small, rural preschool through grade eight school.  My students all have a variety of strengths and challenges, from Autism, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities/dyslexia, and emotional disturbance/behavior challenges.  I have found that in our fourth week, the honeymoon is over, and I am constantly looking for ways to keep my students focused, engaged, and learning! Continue reading



Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers

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special education classroom teacherToday’s KISS – Keep It Simple Strategies – Classroom Management for Special Education teachers.

For discussion purposes, we’ll assume you are a Resource Room teacher at the Elementary level. You are that miraculous person that takes the challenged children each day for resource. Let’s face it, it is a tough job and it’s important to know how to manage the students and your classroom.

Set Rules and Discipline

To help you reach your goals and theirs, you can implement some simple tricks to manage your time. Here are some basic classroom rules to help keep bad behaviors under control:

  1. Students listen to each other.
  2. Students use caring language.
  3. Hands are for helping, and when in the hallway, hold your own hand.
  4. Students care about each other’s feelings.
  5. We all take responsibility for what we say and do.

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