*This is PART 3 of a 4-part series “HELP AND HOPE for Struggling Students”
The job of teaching has changed dramatically since the one-room school house – grouping students by age, classroom sizes, ever changing curriculum guidelines, added extra curricular activities…the list goes on and on. But, on top of this ever changing role came the understanding of various learning types and abilities, followed by the ongoing question…
How do teachers support the student with Learning Disabilities in their classrooms?
In 2016, teachers are inundated with lists of things to accomplish in a classroom of diversity in students’ abilities. Parents are not satisfied with anything but the best of education for their children. Teachers are trying to fulfill these expectations, with the realization that they cannot address all the needs of the students in their classroom.
But, in the midst of this tension, can we find HOPE for these students? How can we HELP to get them on the road to success?
The 1990’s, sometimes called the ‘Decade of the Brain’, spurred on much needed funding and research and the results of this continue to unfold.
“What many educators may not realize is that researchers and practicing educators have worked diligently to establish a legitimate scientific area of study that overlaps psychology, neuroscience, and pedagogy. The result is educational neuroscience.” (Sousa, 2010, Mind, Brain & Education)
These are exciting times! We have research to prove what we’ve always known and hoped—the brain CAN change! This gives us hope for our struggling learners. How we teach can and will make a difference. The impact of this research for the classroom teacher is exciting, but sometimes daunting as well.
At NILD Canada (National Institute for Learning Development), a non-profit organization, we continue to train educators to become NILD Educational Therapists. We are excited to see how the latest brain research supports our methodology. Our aim is to help struggling learners reach their potential and beyond, by stimulating neurological pathways in the brain and developing cognitive competencies to help students think, reason and process information. Students who are enrolled in this therapy are transferring these skills into their classrooms. And, teachers and parents are celebrating! What if schools could provide the opportunity for NILD Educational Therapy for their students?
In the past two weeks, we have shared video testimonials from parents and students who have found HELP and HOPE from our NILD Educational Therapy. This week we will hear from teachers who have experienced this therapy in their schools and witnessed the changes in students within their classrooms. Watch this short video and hear their stories: