My students are “high maintenance” kids who have endless energy and just about the same amount of anger. I have to research the ways that will keep them involved without eruption! By keeping them busy with brief whole group lessons, journeys through Centers, and the ability to monitor their grades in the attempt to ease them into becoming successful learners who are in control as to the ways they can learn. Our goal is to keep them occupied throughout their studies while always searching for alternatives to adjust what might might not be working or successful. It is also my to hope to ease them in to mainstreamed classes in order to work closer with their peers and other staff members.
Focusing is very difficult for my students. ADD, ADHD, ODD, limit the amount it time each can spend focusing during instruction. One way that I’ve learned throughout the years is that some learners need brief spurts of learning which can take place when instruction is done in Learning Centers, brief spurts of instruction that they can focus on. I’ve also found that when students have some control over the time spent focusing contributes to their actual learning time. For these reasons, I need to design learning centers to encourage that focus. Each center is a subject and students control their timers. Set to 15 min. then 5 min. to clean up and be ready to move onto the next center. I’d also love for them to have their own thumb drives to use as a portfolio of the items they choose to have graded, printed, displayed, etc. I’m fortunate to have two paraprofessionals in my classroom so each center is monitored for learning.
Much of what they will do involves hands-on learning which includes using many STEM projects.
Supplies for these projects can be expensive but Quill has the timers, thumb drives, and supplies for STEM projects. Discovering the their individual learning styles is a priority but hopefully they will learn to go to a Center, work on an assignment, then be ready to clean up when their timers ring. Centers that are brief spurts of learning time for students who don’t have the concentration and focus to sit through long lessons and assignments that they don’t understand.
Quill is one more step in completing the centers that encourage learners and lets students participate in their own daily education.
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