Thinking Thursday, an initiative of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Elementary School at the York Catholic District School Board’s school improvement plan, is a day dedicated to mathematics and mathematical thinking. Every Thursday, classes work on different open-ended math questions that promote collaborative communication, creative processes and critical thinking to problem-solve.
In Ontario, a student who has been identified as Exceptional through an IPRC must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed and maintained. An IEP may also be prepared for students who require accommodations, program modifications and/or alternative programs, but who have not been identified as exceptional by an IPRC.
October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month (#LDmonth)! We’ve designed two posters that that you can download and print to use in your school or classroom, share with students, parents, and your community. Thumbnails of the posters can be viewed below with downloadable links available directly below each poster. [...]
This video provides viewers with the opportunity to explore how the York Region District School Board created a comprehensive math program to support and enhance the math outcomes for all students, including students with LDs that includes the environment, the learner and the learning experience.
This video provides viewers with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the key role school administrators play in determining effective reading programs for students with LDs in the area of reading.
Why have a classroom library? Research has shown that classroom libraries improve both the reading skills and motivation of students to read (Allington, 2012; National Council of Teachers of English, 2017; Neuman, 2016). Classroom libraries provide easy access to books and the classroom library may be the main source of reading materials for children from [...]
Activated Learning for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Mainstream, Whole-Class, Executive Function Intervention that is Necessary for Some and Good for All
“Activated Learning” (AL), also called the “EFs2theRescue Pedagogy” in Guare and Dawson’s 3rd edition of Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, is an adaptive executive function (EF) intervention that aims to facilitate high-impact teaching and learning that is necessary for some and good for all in typical classrooms. AL is a self-regulated learning pedagogy that, among other benefits, allows teachers to support students with learning disabilities (LDs) as part of their everyday teaching. It was developed in 2014 by a special education teacher (the author) and has been championed by hundreds of educators in several school boards in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.
Independent reading provides students with an opportunity to practice the decoding and comprehension strategies and skills learned during class time on self-selected materials. Not only does independent reading provide additional practice time for students, but it also fosters independence (Johnson & Keire, 2010). TeachHub (n.d.) cites independent reading as the opportunity for students to “dive [...]
This module is intended to provide an introductory overview of the components of reading instruction in the primary years, and how to tailor instruction to meet the needs of struggling readers, some of whom may have learning disabilities (LDs). The module will present the various ways that LDs can affect reading development, and will provide guidance for educators in developing a balanced reading program that supports the needs of all learners while maintaining their motivation to read.
This module is intended to provide a broad understanding of the relationship between learning disabilities (LDs) and mental health. Mental health will be described on a continuum, and we will explore some of the challenges that students with LDs may experience at various points along the continuum, as well as strategies that...