Summer Blog Series Post #6: The Role of Higher Order Cognition in Revising Written Work

Kim CarterDifferentiated Learning, Higher Order Thinking, Learning, Learning Challenges, Strategies for teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Teachers, Writing

Adding content and new ideas to a story, essay, or report can be difficult, but it is also very important. Students may stop at the end of a sentence, reread what they have written, and decide there is a better word to express what they want to say. They may find places where they need to add more description or … Read More

Summer Blog Series Post #5: The Role of Spatial Ordering in Understanding Math Symbols

Kim CarterDifferentiated Learning, Learning, Learning Challenges, Math, Nonverbal thinking, Spatial Ordering, Strategies for teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Teachers, Uncategorized, Visualization

The results of our recent poll are in!  You, our readers, expressed a strong interest in hearing about learning challenges related to math … so in response, this week’s blog is about the spatial ordering demands involved in understanding math symbols. Thank you to everyone who participated in our poll.  We love the feedback. In developing an understanding of mathematical … Read More

Summer Blog Series Post #4: The Role of Attention and Temporal-Sequential Ordering in Time Management

Kim CarterAttention, Differentiated Learning, Learning, Learning Challenges, Research, Strategies for teachers, Teachers, Uncategorized

When in school, students are expected to follow routines and complete assignments within certain time frames. Children must follow these same guidelines when continuing the learning process at home, managing their time and effort to complete homework assignments and projects on time.   Time management is critical to many of the expectations placed on students, including initiating assignments, taking the appropriate … Read More

What Makes an Effective Teacher?

Kim CarterTeacher Effectiveness, Teachers, Uncategorized

By Guest Blogger: Donna Smart Isaacs, Teacher & All Kinds of Minds Facilitator Two years ago, I moved from Vermont to Maine, accepting a teaching job in a two-room K-8 island school. In the process, I was required to take two standardized national competency tests (i.e., PRAXIS tests). Nearly 30 years of professional experience and expertise in the field of … Read More

Survey Reveals A New Achievement Gap

Kim CarterResearch, Teachers

By Mary Jo Dunnington, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, All Kinds of Minds MetLife just published its annual survey, “The American Teacher.” Part 2, which synthesizes feedback from teachers, principals and students on student achievement, is chock-full of revealing data. For example: Most teachers (84%) are very confident that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to enable all of their … Read More

Misunderstood Minds, Disappearing Faces: Addressing the Drop-Out Epidemic by Focusing on Learning by Mary-Dean Barringer, CEO, All Kinds of Minds

Kim CarterTeachers, Uncategorized

In schools across the United States, students are lining up for the annual ritual of having their school portraits made. Despite the new technology used by the photographers –and the constantly changing fashions and hairstyles that class photos reflect–the tradition of memorializing each school year in photos has not changed over time. Elementary school students will be bringing home their … Read More

Independent School Leadership

Kim CarterLearning Specialists, Private School, Teachers

As noted in the last entry, an independent school’s administration plays a role in developing a climate that welcomes students with diverse learning needs. Most administrations probably fall into one of these three categories: Willing and able – can promote an atmosphere welcoming to the needs of individual learners Willing but unable – promotes the ideal of a comprehensive learning … Read More

Consulting in Independent Schools

Kim CarterLearning Specialists, Private School, Teachers

Many of the students I work with attend private, independent schools, and the Philadelphia area is blessed with a large variety of high-quality schools. For students who learn differently, the atmosphere of the school they attend has much to do with their sense of success. It has been my observation that atmosphere is established in either a top-down or a … Read More

AKOM and the Solo Practitioner

Kim CarterDemystification, Learning Specialists, SA, Teachers

There are many roles an educator can play. For years I was blessed to work at the Center School, an independent school outside of Philadelphia. During my years there, our faculty completed the Schools Attuned Generalist Course, and another teacher and I trained to become course facilitators. The school was a perfect setting for using a neurodevelopmental lens to develop … Read More

Word from the Quad: Good job, guys!

Kim CarterCollege Prep, SA, Teachers

Max and Chris finished a week-long SA training for our newbies last Friday. During lunches and dinners, I spoke with many of the teachers being trained and they all had wonderful things to say about SA, Chris, and Max. They also enjoyed working with each other throughout the week. Just sending along a “way to go” to Max and Chris … Read More