Primary (K-3)

Using Project-Based Learning in the Classroom

By Richard Parker, OCT, Google Certified Educator, Halton District School Board Project Based Learning (PBL) is “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge” (Buck Institute for Education, n.d.). PBL brings [...]

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Why is it Important to Build and Support Resiliency Skills for Students with LDs?

This question was received during the LD@school webinar, At the Heart of the Matter: Creating Classrooms and Schools that Support Well-being; click here to view the webinar recording. Answered by Dr. Sue Ball, Chief Psychologist, York Region District School Board Resiliency is a key skill for everyone, not just for students with learning disabilities (LDs). The ability [...]

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Creative Problem Solving and Children with Learning Disabilities: A Hidden Potential

John McNamara, Ph.D., Brock University Recently, researchers and educators have explored an interesting idea – that there may be distinct advantages to having learning disabilities. Within the field of business, the arts, entrepreneurship, and many other areas, there are numerous examples of individuals with learning disabilities who have reached tremendous levels of success. For instance, Richard [...]

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How can Speech-Language Pathologists Support Students with LDs to Learn Math?

These questions were received during the LD@school webinar, The SLP in the Math Class – Empowering Math Learners Through Collaboration between Educators and Speech Language Pathologists; click here to view the webinar recording. Answered by Sabrina O'Keefe, M.H.Sc., Speech Language Pathology How can Speech-Language Pathologists Support Students with Learning Disabilities to Acquire Math Literacy Skills? Regardless [...]

Technology for Reading

This article is an excerpt from the LD@school learning module Technology for All: Supporting Students with LDs by Integrating Technology into Classroom Instruction. Click here to access this module. The act of reading simultaneously draws on many different processes: a reader must decode words, know what they mean, understand words when they are strung together in [...]

WEBINAR RECORDING: At the Heart of the Matter – Creating Classrooms and Schools that Support Well-being

Click here to access the transcript of this webinar. Presented by: Dr. Sue Ball, ABSNP, C. Psych., Chief Psychologist, York Region DSB Presented by: Dr. Sue Ball, ABSNP, C. Psych., Chief Psychologist, York Region DSB About the Webinar: What we do matters. Research shows us that when we focus on mattering and belonging, we improve academics, [...]

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What are Some “low-tech” Methods for Helping Students  with Reading Difficulties?

Answered by Nathalie Paquet-Bélanger Although some research (MacArthur, 2013) has shown that the use of text-to-speech technology improves the performance of students with reading difficulties, this method should not be the first one considered or may not be good for everyone. Here are a few ideas for strategies and tools that could be useful for readers [...]

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Webinar Recording: Math and LDs – Using Assistive Technology and Project-Based Learning to Support All Students

Click here to access the transcript of this webinar. Click here to access Richard Parker's slides.  About the webinar:  Math has become a hot topic in Ontario and yet, despite our best efforts, students with LDs can still be left behind. Some students struggle with numerical skills and computation. Others fall behind in math class [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: Math|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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Webinar Recording: Supporting Students from the Ground Up – Universal Design to support students with LDs in the Inclusive Classroom

Click here to access the transcript of this webinar. Presented by: Candide Dovey, B.Ed., M.Ed., Special Education Consultant, Toronto District School Board About the webinar:  Students with learning disabilities represent the largest portion of students receiving special education support in schools; most of these students are integrated in regular classroom settings. Teachers faced with meeting [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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How to Foster a Positive Classroom Environment

According to the discussion document, Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy for Education (2016), “well-being is a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that we feel when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met” (p. 3). Well-being is fundamental to overall student success.