Sensory Support in Your Classroom | educationalist04

I was initially sceptical, much to my shame, about the difference that sensory support could have in the classroom. The turning point for me was when a colleague suggested I print some text on a dark blue background. The impact with a couple of students, often seen as challenging,  was astounding.

With the introduction of Interactive Whiteboards, I always presented writing in a light colour on a dark background, usually dark blue, as this seemed to have both a calming and inclusive element in engaging learners.

This one-page summary was shared recently by Daniel Sobel.

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Sensory Processing Disorder – A Primer | educationalist04

A useful infographic, shared by Daniel Sobel, on the significant subject of sensory processing disorder. It comes from a presentation by Dr Danielle Eadens at Northern Arizona University.

What manifests itself as challenging behaviour, might have a neurological cause:

Download the full presentation here:  Stop the World: I Need to Get Off: The Future of Sensory Processing Disorder in the Classroom

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Behavioural Intentions and Functions | educationalist04

All behaviours are trying to reach a defined objective. Some behavioural strategies are effective and some less so – but they are all defined by their end.
I’ve had this forcibly imprinted on me in the last 18 months in trying to train our Labrador Iolo. Like all Labradors his behaviours all have purpose and are designed to achieve a limited and joyful end result. These tend to be limited to food, fooling around through play,  engaging with other dogs and humans and smelling things.  In the picture he is demonstrating the second aspect of his behaviour through the subset of recycling paper…

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Walter Smith and Barry Smith on Affective Learning | educationalist04

We tend to think at a number of levels. We can be rational and evaluative, but at key junctures of our live we act intuitively. For example, when in danger of being struck by a car, a major exercise in evaluative thought is of no use – the brain must assess the situation and act intuitively. How do we decide on our life partners, or making an investment?

Walter and Barry Smith share a useful infographic sharing the dynamics of the way we think and operate…

“We are by nature fragmented thinkers because we need to be in order to survive as individuals.  But to survive as part of an…

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Attention Please! Getting on Task | educationalist04

You may be surprised at what I am going to share with you today, but it has serious focus and purpose.

It has been traditional to think of the teacher as being the focus of learning in the classroom. This tends to be time expensive and deflects from the wider learning process.

Ideally, and to use the idea of transactional analysis, you would want to have learning discipline and readiness as a joint endeavour, rather than imposed by the teacher.

For this to happen there needs to be a sharing of culture and expectations in the classroom.  Ilbra Israel at provides…

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