Fundamentals of a STEM Education
You’ve probably heard the term “grit” thrown around a lot recently in relation to teaching and raising successful students. Grit is the new buzzword, synonymous with perseverance, passion, happiness, and success. But, it might not cut it for students with learning disabilities.
For students with learning disabilities, making progress in the classroom is typically challenging. Further, keeping that momentum up over the weeks and semesters of the school year can seem like an almost impossible task. Imagine, then, how difficult it must be for a child who struggles with a learning difference to retain during the summer all the information he or she has learned throughout the year.
Dyslexia is the most notorious of all the learning disabilities—perhaps because of how frustrating it can be to live with it. That isn’t to say that other learning disabilities, such as ADD, aren’t equally challenging, but dyslexia presents a unique set of challenges.
As education continues to evolve, becoming ever more competitive and fast-paced, our framework as educators must evolve along with it. Equally as important as ensuring solid educational foundations is the challenge of building healthy, lasting habits.
Stress is, unfortunately, a part of everyday life—we all experience it. Whether at our jobs, during our commute, or trying to plan a big trip, stress is a natural element in our lives. It’s no different for children in school, and this is particularly true for children who struggle with learning disabilities.
No parent is thrilled to hear that their child has a learning disability. At first blush this means a few things: my child will struggle more than others…my child will always be behind…my child is in for a difficult life.
It is commonly understood that exercise can benefit us all. From cardiac to cognitive benefits, it is almost universally accepted that “working out” is good for us. This same logic applies to students and individuals who struggle with learning disabilities ranging from common disabilities to more involved learning profiles.
Getting into college is more difficult and more competitive than ever. The process has become increasingly complicated, stressful, and even emotionally taxing for both students and parents. However, like anything, being prepared and well equipped can greatly help smooth the process.