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The dream of college starts in Kindergarten for both students and parents and it can easily be derailed by a sense of failure.

The dream of college starts in Kindergarten for both students and parents and it can easily be derailed by a sense of failure.

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Cindy commented on Innovate or Isolate

Erin,
My thoughts were that if the classroom design supports the sensitive sensory learner better, then the teacher can enjoy and appreciate the student to a greater degree and have the opportunity for a greater connection and thus greater empathy. In my experience these students are very difficult to manage in a larger classroom environment and the relationship becomes exhausting and at time straining which lessons the opportunity for connection and usually leads to the student sitting outside of the group activities isolated and doing things that calm, quiet or focus him or her. A calmer more engaged student has more opportunity to engage with classmates as well. I also thought that if every student has a visual schedule or "personal space ship" then the student with sensory processing difficulties stands out less which is less isolating. ? What are your thoughts?

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Cindy commented on Kid's Master Class - "Go me!" Time

This is a must do project!  It is a simple idea with  the potential for HUGE impact over the span of a student's education journey! 

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Cindy commented on Kid's Master Class - "Go me!" Time

I agree Angelo Truglio!  The opportunity to start a Kids Master Class - "Go Me!" time portfolio and build character skills at an early age is priceless !  My Kindergarten student today reflected on how proud he was to finally learn how to bounce and catch a ball! He said he learned by practicing and working with others on the skill. We connected the character traits of grit and perseverance to his vocabulary when talking about how hard the task was at first and then stamina, cooperation and concentration to specify HOW he finally mastered the skill.  The best part was his new found optimism.  He now wants to take on the next hard challenge of learning how to swing!!