In the fall, two lessons were presented in the classroom that addressed the basic sensory systems and how use of these systems are important for learning. The students also learned about how use of the same sensory systems can make it challenging to learn. A variety of learning tools were provided for classroom use. Students were taught rules of how to use the tools to enhance their learning. Their motivation planted a seed that grew into an opportunity for them to make their own stress ball fidget during a co-teaching math lesson. Two follow-up lessons occurred which emphasized the different types of learning tools that are available in the classroom. These tools addressed the need for movement, oral needs, auditory sensitivity, visual distractions and the need to touch items. Students discussed the importance of individual needs and they demonstrated good understanding of specific tools that met his/her needs at different times of the school day.
Room 22 students were nominated for a COCOA award for Ownership and received the award during the February COCOA assembly.
Congratulations to the students in Room 22 for their dedication to learning!