Todd Rose's talk keeps coming back to me (http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Myth-of-Average-Todd-Rose-a). A cookie cutter system could fail to fit anyone and a more personalised learning is a must if we are to engage and inspire the full range of minds on our classrooms.
Part of the reason I moved on from the teaching profession is knowing I was not supporting everyone enough of the time, which is what most of even the most outstanding teachers feel at some point. It was also having taught the same things 4 times a year for over 12 years, as it was beginning to feel REALLY inefficient! (save that for another post!).
Anyway... I'm increasingly seeing the real difference we can make using tech. We made a start on Personalised learning in our study apps and the letters range is going interesting places. Dinosaur letters and Spooky letters is catering to those around the edges as well as the more neurotypical. Cursive writing is helpful to all students but especially dyslexics and left handed children.
Children develop writing skills at enormously different rates so we created two themes; Dinosaur and Spooky to allow accommodate differences in interests, development and age.
If we can build learning tools which support the neurodiverse as well as the neurotypical then madebyeducators is heading in the right direction!
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