Step Towards How to Run a Successful Classroom

Now let's take a step towards how to run a successful classroom environment.

Classroom Management

One of your biggest concerns as a daycare teacher is going to be classroom management!

No matter how much experience you have as a mom handling your own children, it's something else entirely when you're responsible for a room full of children.

They all come from different backgrounds and have different personalities. Don't worry -- all you need to do is learn the basics of classroom management and you'll likely find that it is easier than you were expecting to manage your classroom.

A huge part of classroom management is organization. If your classroom is not well-organized and well-run, it will show in the behavior of the students.

Handling Inclusion Students

A good inclusion teacher will do his/her best to motivate his or her students, especially the ones who are struggling or who refuse to do the work regularly. Sometimes, a non-disabled teen will reject the help, it has happened to me, believing erroneously that I am not their teacher or that it would place them in the same category as the special education classmates. Yes, there is a certain stigma attached to the label "inclusion student"; the perception is probably due to the lack of comprehension by both regular students and classroom teachers. The question I am asked most often is "What exactly does Learning Disability mean?" I try to clarify the best way possible to my teaching colleagues that these students do not perceive stimuli normally, even though their intelligence level is average-normal. It would take a trained psychologist to give all the details, I am not, but the tool we use to detect such learning disability (LD) is a series of tests which show severe discrepancies between the potential and the actual academic performance. For example, if a child's verbal ability is calculated at 100 and he/she performs at 85, we call that a learning disability in Reading Comprehension.

Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

• Does your child often ask "what?" or "huh?"
• Do you need to repeat questions and directions frequently?
• Is your child easily distracted or bothered by loud or sudden noises?
• Are conversations difficult for your child to follow?
• Are noisy environments upsetting?
• Are verbal (word) math problems demanding?
• Does your child have difficulty following directions?
• Does your child make a great effort to hear the differences between words or sounds that are similar (COAT/BOAT or CH/SH)?
• Does your child struggle with reading, spelling, writing, or other speech-related language difficulties?

Auditory processing disorder affects about 5% of school-age children. 

Advocating For Your Child

An advocate is someone who speaks for another person. Typically, adults speak for their children and hopefully want the best for their child. But what is the best way to be an advocate for your child?

Parents need to learn what their rights are. Any school can give parents a copy of their rights (usually available from special education personnel). Parents must learn to advocate for their children, not blindly accept what school officials or teachers say or deny what their child can and cannot do. This means they need to stand up and say what they want to happen, the way they want it to happen and what results they expect for their child's behavior and academic progress.

Will parents always get what they want? Maybe, maybe not. Parents and schools often must compromise because of the limitations of time, money and personnel resources. Requests and/or expectations must be reasonable and stated in ways that are accommodating to everyone involved. 

The Neurodevelopmental Approach to Learning Difficulties - How to Get Real Solutions

Labels represent a group of symptoms exhibited by an individual with learning difficulties. Many approaches target those symptoms. On the other hand, the neurodevelopmental approach seeks to find the underlying neurodevelopmental causes and prepares an Individualized Neurodevelopmental Plan. The neurodevelopmentalist designs this INP with a list of activities that develop the areas of deficiency. Most often, labels limit expectations rather than lead to a solution. Then the neurodevelopmentalist looks at the five paths of sensory input: visual, auditory, tactile, taste and smell as well as the three areas of motor output: fine motor, gross motor and expressive language. All of these areas are necessary in the process of neurological organization.

One specific area that the neurodevelopmentalist evaluates is the individual's ability to crawl, creep and walk in a cross pattern. This ability represents brain organization. In the normal progression, the infant first crawls on tummy like an army soldier, then creeps on hand and knees and then walks. All of these are necessary steps in the neurodevelopmental process.

The Benefits of Inclusion Strategy

They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Placing disabled kids in inclusion classes allows them to mingle with their non-disabled peers, a practice that benefits both as the first enjoy a boost in self-esteem while the second learn tolerance toward physical and mental differences. The classroom teacher, however, struggles to adapt his/her lesson plan to address the varied needs of all students. The addition of another teacher, a professional in special education, reduces the strain of differentiated teaching if both instructors mesh in harmony.

Success or Failure
At least two key factors will determine the success or failure of the inclusion students: class size and the relation between the two teachers. I have seen huge classes, between 30 and 40 students, and I have worked with ideal class sizes, between 18 and 25 learners. The number of special education kids also intervenes; it should never be more than 25% of the total number of students. 

ADHD Hyperactivity, Impulsivity And Inattention - What Parents Should Know

For the vast majority of parents ADHD hyperactivity is the one problematic symptom that they desperately want answers for. While hyperactive behavior can really prove taxing both on the family and in the classroom environment, it is important for both educators and parents to understand that the ADHD has no control over this symptom of their disorder. The hyperactivity is not voluntary and is most definitely not the result of bad behavior. According to a number of studies it would appear that the hyperactivity associated with kids with ADHD is caused through an imbalance of neurotransmitters within the brain. These neurotransmitters are norepinephrine and dopamine. When the imbalance of these chemicals is addressed and balance restored, the symptoms of ADHD are curtailed and sometimes totally eradicated.

Although there is a tendency to think that ADHD hyperactivity is something that affects only children, this is in fact erroneous. There are adults with ADHD as well but the hyperactive component tends to morph into more subtle forms. 

Top Special Educational Advocacy Tips for Parents

Most parents who have a child with special needs want to home school their child. They choose to do so in order to keep their child safe from peer pressure and close to themselves, for their child's safety. This can be a daunting process, if you choose to educate your child yourself. However, it is not insurmountable. Check out the following steps that can make the process easier:

1. Know what suits your child best
You as a parent know the best for your child. If you feel that your child has a certain disability, you can help them cope with it. You understand your child best so you decide better what can help them learn. You can use different visuals, cues and other fun learning ways to educate your child.

2. Use letters to communicate important matters
Communication through email or telephone doesn't work really well. Letters help you keep track of the entire history of communication. You may need to look back at your child's documents later in case you fall into a disagreement with the educational advocate. You may create "minutes of the meeting" and send a copy to the personnel later, in case you have a face-to-face conversation.

Anna University Admission Procedure

Anna University is a unitary type of University functioning in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. This University is the authority in Tamil Nadu for admitting students through counseling, every year to various Government, Government aided and Private Engineering Colleges. Some years back, the premises where now Anna University is functioning was known as College of Engineering Guindy and the same name now too continues to be.

At present, in Tamil Nadu there is no entrance examination for admission of candidates in various engineering colleges and hence based on the Plus two marks, the admission procedure is being followed. Students who have studied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are being called for counseling based on the marks scored in the Plus two examinations. The Marks in Mathematics are reckoned for 100 and the marks in Physics and Chemistry put together reckoned for 100. Suppose a candidate scores 200 marks he will the called for the counseling on the first day of the counseling session and so on.

As of now, in Tamil Nadu there are about 455 Engineering Colleges, which include Government, Government aided and Private Colleges. The fees structure in Government and Government aided colleges will be very less when compared to Private colleges.

Could Food Be Causing Your Learning Difficulties' Nightmare?

Research You May Not Be Aware Of....

Concerns have existed for approximately 40 years about the impact of modern processing of food on our children. In the early 1970's leading paediatricians, allergists and doctors began to question the safety of processed foods. One allergist/paediatrician in particular, Dr Feingold, was extremely concerned. Over the space of a decade, he had seen an exponential rise in children being brought to him with behavioural and learning issues. His research lead him to the conclusion that the processes, additives, flavourings and preservatives being used to grow, manufacture and store food were behind this exponential rise. He was seeing children with migraines, irritability, mood swings, depression, aggression, the inability to read, conditions that mimicked dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia as well as all those behaviours and symptoms we associate with ADD/ADHD.

He was not alone with his concerns. Researchers across the globe began to look at the effects of food on behaviour and the ability to learn. Their findings may surprise you.