Presentation on theme: "West Virgina Alternative Education Conference June 28 - 29, 2010 President, National Alternative Education Association ADE / Director."— Presentation transcript:
West Virgina Alternative Education Conference June , 2010 President, National Alternative Education Association ADE / Director of Alternative Education Connecting the Pieces For Our Challenging Students
Smile, Its a lot of FUN!
NCLB & Alt. Ed Relationship Relevancy Rigor
Yearning for Learning The other persons perspective must become the initial focus to establish trust and credibility.
You are the Key All of us learn from our mistakes Relate meaningful personal events You are the standard
Stress Anxiety- a state of uncertainty, disturbance of the mind regarding uncertain events
Stress Fear- the agitated feeling caused by anticipation or the realization of danger; An uneasy feeling that something may happen contrary to ones hopes
Anger is only one letter away from DANGER
Relaxation Techniques Finger Pressure –Tips & Resistance Loops Controlled Breathing –Demonstrate First –Count Out Loud initially –Exhale Through a Straw –For younger children use a real straw
Activities Pressure Point Toys Jacks and Super Balls Kooshies Therapy Putty Be creative…. Brainstorm Together…. Kindness speaks loudly!
Background Music Waterfall or Aquarium 60 Beats A Minute Piano Familiar Appropriate
Lighting Table Lamps Floor Lamps Clip on Activity Center Fun Static Lights Wiggly and Wavy
Never Stop Trying There is no greater challenge than teaching an alternative student. If youre willing to be creative, to risk, to try and fail and try again, working with an alternative student can teach you more, and touch you more deeply than any other encounter. CARL…
Dropout Student Survey Opportunities for real-world learning 81% Better Teachers / More Interesting Classes 81% Smaller Classes/ More Individual Help 75% Better Communication with Home 71% Parents check on Attendance Every Day 71% Increase Supervision / Ensure class attendance 70%
Negotiate Tough Issues Compromise is a lifelong skill
Einsteins genius came not from being smart, but from being creative and rebellious and being able to think in pictures. Walter Isaacson
There are innumerable explanations for a childs behavior. Your explanation will dictate the intervention you select. If an intervention that should work doesnt, take a second look at your assumptions.