6 Strategies for Working With Diverse-Needs Students by Cossondra George (CTQ). Teachers routinely will have students with diverse needs in their classrooms. In this commentary, Cossondra George, a veteran middle-school teacher, suggests six strategies for supporting students with individualized education programs, but above all says teachers should "view them as individuals who have unique learning styles and needs, and work with them to create a learning plan that both you and they can be comfortable with."

How Can Teachers Build on Gifted, Hyperactive Students' Strengths? by Sarah D. Sparks (Education Week)

How teaching students with special needs makes me a better teacher for everyone by Mark Anderson (Chalkbeat NY)

Learning disability or learns differently? by Carol Hunter (SmartBlog). Educators need the training and resources to utilize years of research into students' learning differences and strengths, especially for those with or awaiting testing for learning disabilities or differences, former principal and author Carol Hunter writes in this blog post. She shares some of the neuroscience research on learning styles and steps to incorporate the information into the classroom. 




Children with ADHD 'should be allowed to fidget' by Lyndsey Telford (The Telegraph). Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may learn better if they are allowed to move or fidget while doing their tasks, according to a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Researchers found that children with ADHD performed better in a task the more that they moved. 

School children with ADHD may not need medication to improve their performance, experts suggest by Kashmira Gander (The Independent). UK researchers found children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who were given regular feedback and training on how to study and organise themselves improved their attainment level. The findings published in the journal Health Technology Assessment revealed that regular feedback and training also reduced the children's hyperactive behaviour and increased their attention. 




Dear teachers: Thank you for sharing our “autism life” by Amy Price Azano (SmartBlog)




iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band by Eric Westervelt (NPR)




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