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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

Another lovely piece of inspiration from one of my favourite blogs, Humans of New York. A wonderful example of Universal Design for Learning.

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“If a child isn’t proficient in reading by 3rd grade, their HS dropout rate is 4x higher. So I’m trying to develop a system to help blind children develop literacy as soon as possible. If you think about it, books for young children are picture-driven, with very few words per page. So it’s tough for blind kids to really participate. So we recommend pre-reading activities to build the scene before the story begins. If you’re reading Goldilocks for example, take the child to the kitchen first, allow them to feel where the scene is going to be set. If the story is about a lamb, get a fluffy towel, so they can feel what a lamb looks like. It’s all about making the reading process as experiential as possible, so blind children can place themselves in the story without the aid of pictures.”

The main thing

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

– Stephen Covey

This quote perfectly sums up the ‘big idea’ concept of inclusive education, that is, students working towards the same goal, but being flexible in the way in which they do so, according to their individual strengths and ability.

Building respectful relationships is fundamental to effective teaching. Here is an insight into relationships by Stephen Covey:

Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

– Stephen Covey

Real learning, the type that enables students to retain, apply, and transfer content , has to happen in students, not to them.

(National Research Council, 2000)