My husband and I took a drive to see the trees, and I was reminded of a quote that my mother used to tell me:
“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” –Karen Kaiser Clark
Have a great week!
Wait time refers to the time you give your students for processing before they are expected to answer a question or do a task.
Years ago, I tested myself on this concept, and found that I only gave a few seconds for students to answer a question or comply to directions–not nearly enough wait time! (Studies show most teachers give about a second.)
Teaching Tip: After you ask a student a question or give directions, in your head, count to ten. This forces you to slow down, and allows more processing time for your students. I just smile at the students while waiting.
The Results: Time and time again, students come up with an answer or comply! They just needed more time to process. For students/children on the autism spectrum and/or with language processing disorders, the wait time may be even longer. Adjust accordingly.
“All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.” —John Gardner
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers —written by neurologist David Perlmutter, MD.
An interesting point the author makes is…we all know diet can affect various aspects of our body, but we rarely think about how diet affects our brain. The author makes a compelling case for eliminating wheat from your diet (so much so, I have given it up!).
If you are interested in reading about a gluten free diet, or are curious just to know how diet can affect your brain, I highly recommend this book.
As to students, many children (though not all) on the autism spectrum have responded well and have shown improvement after being on a gluten free diet.
“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.” –Chris Pine
This picture was taken this summer–at 14,000 feet, and above the tree line! (I thought it appropriate to give a quote on perspective.)
The first few weeks of school are very time consuming, and set the pace for the rest of the year.
Here are some priorities:
This is how I spend my first few weeks of school. Once I have this organized, the rest of the year runs much smoother. I hope you are all off to a great start!
“Rest and be thankful.” –William Wordsworth
Happy Labor Day!