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Universal Design for Individualized Learning

Peeked inside a typical classroom lately? If so, you're likely to see one teacher surrounded by an increasingly diverse group of students--each with unique learning needs. What's more, that 'typical' classroom is filled with students who are anything but typical. For one thing, there's really no such thing as an average student. Each class might contain students who struggle with reading or math, students who don't yet speak English, and students with disabilities. On the other end of the spectrum are the gifted students who may need more challenges to stay engaged. How on earth can one teacher meet the needs of all these diverse learners?
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Using Technology to Motivate Students

As parents and educators, we’re always looking for ways to get our children even more excited about reading. This is especially true if that child is at-risk, has special needs, or is an English language learner. For homework every evening, my seven-year-old reads out loud for thirty minutes. Thankfully, she enjoys reading for reading’s sake. But there are times when she needs an extra dose of motivation to get through that thirty minutes. Recently, I've found just the thing to get her motivated to keep reading. And I discovered it in the most unlikely of places. What is it?
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