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100 Powerful Learning Specialist and Educational Therapy Materials

This week I wanted to tell you about my online store, Good Sensory Learning. I’m Dr. Erica Warren, and I established this site so I could share all the materials that I have created over the last 20+ years as a learning specialist and educational therapist. When I first began my private practice, Learning to Learn, I had great difficulty finding fun and multisensory materials for my students that were effective and engaging. So back in 2005, I made it my mission to design and distribute high-end, remedial products as well as memorable, motivating lessons that bring delight to learning. If you would like to try a free sampling of my activities, CLICK HERE.
How Are the Products Organized at Good Sensory Learning?
You can download my Free Printable Catalog or you can browse the site using the grey “search all products” bar in the top right of any page with keywords such as dyslexia, working memory, and executive functioning. What’s more, drop down menus in the red banner allow you to sho…
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How to Use Zoom in 2020 for Video Tutoring

With schools closed, children homebound, and teacher's sending lessons and assignments, online tutoring and academic support is at an all-time high.  In-person sessions have been the preference, but with the coronavirus sweeping across the globe, online instruction offers a safe and effective option.
What is the Best Platform for Conducting Online Sessions with Students?
Although there are many conferencing devices out there, I have found that Zoom offers the best features and seems to be the most stable platform.  Zoom can be used on virtually any computing device and browser.  Here are just a few:
macPCUbuntuMintLinux Surface ProiOS & Android devicesBlackberry devicesZoom offers a Number of Excellent Features for Student Sessions:
Zoom presents many useful tools:
One or more participants can participate in a single Zoom session.  Zoom allows you to share with up to 100 participants for their free or low paying options.Session recordings - When a session begins, select the reco…

How to be an Active Learner

Many classrooms nurture passive learning by training students to sit still and receive lessons through lectures and texts.  They are expected to acquiesce, listen, absorb, and remember the new content.  Unfortunately, this approach does not serve the needs of all students, and an active learning environment can offer an exciting solution.
What is Active Learning? Active learning environments are bustling with energy and thought-provoking activities. Students are busy engaging with others, sharing ideas, and applying new content to prior knowledge. Active learners are continually involved in creative projects, self-directed learning, mindful activities, interactive discussions, and multisensory ways of learning. In addition, learners can discover how to use their inner voice and visualizations to make content memorable and easy to encode. What are Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom? Active learning strategies involve a different teaching approach as well as engaging lesson i…

How to Strengthen Executive Function for Students

Most teachers have excellent executive functioning skills, so when they come across students that struggle in this arena, they may have little compassion or patience. For many students, executive functioning is relatively easy. However, for some, tasks that require self-initiation, planning, time management, and organization to name a few, can be an immense struggle.
What is Executive Functioning and Does it Impact Learning? Executive functioning is much like the conductor of one's brain.  It is a mental process that gathers and creates meaning from sensory information. Allowing us to makes sense of what we experience, executive functioning also enables focused attention, metacognitive skills, and helps us to relate new content to prior knowledge.  Executive functioning affects learning because it is the lens through which we perceive the world around us.  Good executive functioning skills enable students to quickly and effectively absorb and assimilate new lessons.  In contrast…

How to Improve Emotional Intelligence for Students

Because emotional intelligence is thought to be an important step in realizing one's true potential, it's vital that we develop EQ in our schools. What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as EQ (emotional quotient), is one's ability to understand and manage internal and external emotions in positive ways.  In includes stress management, emotional regulation, nonviolent communication, and empathy.
5 Strategies to Help Students Improve their Emotional Intelligence?

Share and discuss stories of people that exhibit high levels of emotional intelligence.Teach students about active listening skills, and discuss ways to attend to both verbal and nonverbal communication. Additionally, demonstrate how to ask for clarity when other people are talking so there is a clear understanding before personal thoughts are shared.Demonstrate and teach students about reflective communication. Have students practice mirroring or repeating back what others are s…

How Quick Hemisphere Integration Mediations Calm Students

With increasing academic expectations, the pressure on teachers to bring up test scores, and competitive classroom environments, more and more students are struggling with chronic stress and anxiety.  So, what can we do to calm students and get their brains in a state for optimal learning? First We Must Understand that Excessive Stress Negatively Impacts Learning
While some nervousness can enhance memory, chronic stress and anxiety are emotions that have no place in a classroom. When excessive stress is experienced, the body makes too much cortisol, a steroid hormone that the body produces to assist you in responding to stress or danger, and this can disrupt cognitive functioning. Studies reveal that chronic stress can disrupt synapse regulation.  This can result in reduced sociability and social isolation. In addition, high levels of cortisol can kill brain cells and even shrink the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that manages memory and learning.

Second, We Need to Provide …

10 Powerful Affirmations to Empower Struggling Students

Affirmations are phrases that foster a positive mental attitude and self-empowerment.  They are words that can be said aloud or written around a room to inspire students, and they can become inner mantras that learners can use to support and encourage themselves.  Affirmations are extremely important, as we live in an academic culture that typically points out what students are doing wrong.  Therefore, integrating positive thoughts and words can counteract any feelings of discouragement, thus helping students step into their best academic selves.
Why Are Positive Affirmation Important for Learning?
When students are bombarded with negative comments and returned assignments that are constantly showing errors, it can discourage the learning process and can result in a case of academic learned helplessness. Academic learned helplessness is a condition in which a student suffers from a sense of powerlessness that sabotages motivation.  In addition, it can negatively impact a student's…

How to Uncover the Source of a Student's Procrastination

Procrastination is a common problem that parents report when their children are meant to do their homework, but they just don't feel like doing it.  This can be an overwhelming feeling that tempts kids into putting off or delaying assignments that require attention.

What Does Procrastination Look Like?  
Students usually procrastinate because they do not understand the relevance of an assignment, struggle to understand the material, or they don’t know how to get started.

Procrastination rarely has anything to do with laziness or carelessness. In most cases, there are deeper issues that lead to procrastination problems.
Poor academic self-conceptFear of failureAttentional difficultiesPerfectionismLack of cognitive energyProblems understanding the academic content or the steps to complete a problemInadequate organization skills or executive functioning problems What are Some Strategies that Can Help Students that Procrastinate?
Offer supportive, gentle, and kind assistance.  Additional…