Multisensory Learning is Beneficial

All kids can benefit from multisensory instruction.

Multisensory instruction can help kids learn information more effectively because kids learn in many ways.  Some learn best with information they hear; and some when they see it.  Others when they are learning and moving; and others when they touch something. A multisensory approach means learning through more than one sensory system at the same time.  Therefore, when designing instruction, it is important to include different senses to give kids more than one way to make connections and learn concepts.

Multisensory lessons engage students on all senses at one time.  They are impactful because no matter the learning strength of each child (be it auditory, visual, tactile, or kinesthetic) it targets the learning strengths of all students at one time. It allows us to teach once and reach all our students. Therefore, all kids can benefit from multisensory instruction.

Multisensory Pathways

All learning happens through the following senses which act as pathways to the brain. These are the primary pathways to a child’s brain:

Auditory – Children who are strongly auditory learn best through the sense of hearing.  These students need to hear themselves speak what they are learning.

Visual – Children who are strongly visual learn best through the sense of sight.  These students need visuals that show the meaning of what they are learning.  

Tactile – Students who are strongly visual learn best through the sense of touch.  These students must have the opportunity to use their hands to learn.

Kinesthetic – Students who are strongly kinesthetic learn best through body movement. These students must move to focus and learn.

Are you wondering if this works?  The best answer to that question is asking “do you learn better by one of the 4 modalities”?  Most people will have at least one preference and most always can name one modality that is not their strength.  What is yours?

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Lesson Adjustments for Special Ed Students

Lesson adjustments can help students be successful

Learning to modify lessons is hard work at first. For novice or student teachers it is one of the most difficult concepts to master.  It is best to try lesson adjustments even if you are not entirely sure it is the right modification. 

As a special educator, begin designing your lesson with the General Education student in mind. Then, reflect on the things that your Special Education student would have difficulty doing in that lesson.  Once you identify those areas, then adjust your teaching to meet those needs either by modifying the work, reducing the workload, or providing supports. This design strategy can be used to modify a student’s assessment, homework, or classroom assignment. Lesson adjustment ideas include but are not limited to:

Lesson Adjustment #1: Modify the Content

  • Provide an alternate assignment that allows a student to display their talents along with the information. 
  • Give a similar but different assignment at a student’s reading or math level. 
  • Align student interest to the content.

Lesson Adjustment #2: Reduce the Workload

  • Put fewer problems on each page to lesson visual distraction
  • Reduce the number of multiple choices
  • Eliminate True or False questions – These questions can be extremely tricky because there is ALWAYS a language connection which makes it especially difficult for students with language-based disorders.
  • Give choice – Give the student ownership and motivation to choose which problems they will answer.  You give them all the questions and the number they must answer, and they choose the questions.  This helps motivate them to complete the assignment because they have ownership of their learning. their own assessment. 
  • Decrease the required essays. 
  • Select specific problems for them to answer and omit the extra problems put in as review problems.
  • Assign even or odd problems only.

Lesson Adjustment #3: Provide Supports

  • Allow extra time
  • Permit calculators
  • Brainstorm prior to the assignment
  • Provide a quieter setting for students to work 
  • Give a word bank to fill in the bank or to write an essay
  • Provide Guided Notes to help focus content into a document
  • Allow students to type or orally report their responses.
  • List steps to complete a task
  • Give specific examples
  • Highlight tricky or key words in questions
  • Have adult read assignment to student.

Remember that you will be tweaking your modifications throughout the year as your students make progress.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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5 Resources for Special Education Teachers

Finding effective strategies and resources is an ongoing process for special education teachers.  The continuous changes in the field, before and during COVID has made it harder to keep up on new studies, research, and new technologies. For student teachers the learning curve is bigger than ever before.  Check out some of the new resources that I have reviewed that you might find helpful.

Resources for Special Education Teachers

Great Resources for Special Education

  • I have recommended Teacher Vision before but not with a focus on special education needs.  This site is divided into easy to read/use sections with links for classroom management, educational technology, assessment accommodations, and instructional strategies.  Printed materials, activities, books, and charts are available to adapt and supplement your classroom materials.   If I had 1 site to choose to find ways to support my students, this would be it.
  • Do2Learn provides thousands of free pages that will help students improve on social skills, behavior, and academics.  Resources include many activities to support social, emotional, and academic needs of students.   Be sure to check out the extensive resources for preschool students.
  • The National Center for Learning Disabilities can help further your knowledge on many types of learning disabilities   Do not be scared off by the front-page focus on legislation issues.  There are many videos and articles to improve parent-teacher relationships, assistive technology and  Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and 504 Plans.
  • Keeping up on latest research and special education laws by state can be tiresome.  Check out The Education Commission of the States for every state. New York Friends here is the link to NYS Education Special Education website. 
  • Learning Disabilities Online provides information to help children with learning abilities achieve their full potential. There are many links to  instructional strategies, information, and solutions for teaching issues.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Christmas Trivia for Kids & Adults

Test your memory with some Christmas Trivia this holiday season!

One of my favorite games to play at Christmas parties is Christmas Trivia. These questions can bring more fun to a crowd of any size or any age. Check out your Christmas knowledge while having dinner, exchanging gifts or challenging some family members. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Trivia Questions

  1. Who does the voice of The Grinch and the story narration in the 1966 cartoon?
  2. What department store created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
  3. What is the best selling Christmas song ever?
  4. What Christmas special was based on a New York Sun editorial?
  5. Which company was the first to use Santa Claus in an ad?
  6. How many ghosts show up in A Christmas Carol?
  7. What do people traditionally put on top of a Christmas tree?
  8. What was the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time?
  9. Three of Santa’s reindeer’s names begin with the letter “D.” What are those names?
  10. In the movie Elf, how does Buddy get to the North Pole?
  11. How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Spanish?
  12. What where the first artificial Christmas trees made of?
  13. What does it mean when a bell rings?
  14. How many total items would you receive if you received all of the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”?
  15. On what street did a Santa Claus miracle occur?
  16. In what year did Hallmark introduce its first Christmas cards?

Christmas Trivia Answers

  1. Boris Karloff
  2. Montgomery-Ward
  3. White Christmas
  4. Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus
  5. Coca-Cola
  6. Four
  7. An angel
  8. Home Alone
  9. Dancer, Dasher, and Donner
  10. He hides in Santa’s sack
  11. Feliz Navidad
  12. Goose Feathers
  13. An angel gets his wings
  14. 364
  15. 34th Street
  16. 1915

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ThreeRingsConnections.org November Posts

November posts can help kids learn at school & home

Each day we spend with kids is an opportunity to teach a piece of ourselves.

Happy November! Today’s health crisis has certainly put so many things in perspective! Family, health, and friends have become our priorities with deadlines existing but flexible. Over the past few months, I have seen my own grandchildren go from kids that go to school every day to kids that are either being homeschooled or learning virtually. The student teachers that I work with are not only learning how to be effective teachers in the classroom, but they are also learning how to teach remotely. They are learning the importance of their chosen career, ongoing learning, and adaptability. However, I wish they did not have to learn all those objectives in a single semester.

In many areas, my home state of New York included, parents continue to take the helm to be their child’s teachers and keep kids learning. Learning is happening but in a way that we never thought would be happening and in March we thought it would be temporary. Yes, it may not be the same as in school, but learning is happening. As parents continue their teaching challenge, I am hoping that my posts can be helpful.

So, as we move into the month of December, I hope our day-to-day teaching becomes more manageable and we continue to find learning opportunities all around us.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

Isn’t education All about reaching the kids in the classroom and at home?

November Posts

November’s Favorite Posts

My Favorite Posts

I choose my favorites each month for different reasons. Sometimes it’s timeliness, a hot education topic, student teacher needs or as a family and friends resource. Sometimes, it’s just, BECAUSE. Enjoy!

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Take a look at a few posts coming next month
  • Lesson Adjustments for Special Ed Students
  • Multisensory Learning is Beneficial
  • Christmas Trivia for Kids & Adults