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1 West Virgina Alternative Education Conference June 28 - 29, 2010 Lori.Lamb@Arkansas.Gov President, National Alternative Education Association ADE / Director of Alternative Education Connecting the Pieces For Our Challenging Students

2 Smile, Its a lot of FUN!

3 NCLB & Alt. Ed Relationship Relevancy Rigor

4 Yearning for Learning The other persons perspective must become the initial focus to establish trust and credibility.

5 You are the Key All of us learn from our mistakes Relate meaningful personal events You are the standard

6 Stress Anxiety- a state of uncertainty, disturbance of the mind regarding uncertain events

7 Stress Fear- the agitated feeling caused by anticipation or the realization of danger; An uneasy feeling that something may happen contrary to ones hopes

8 Anger is only one letter away from DANGER

9 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

10 Activities Pressure Point Toys Jacks and Super Balls Kooshies Therapy Putty Be creative…. Brainstorm Together…. Kindness speaks loudly!

11 Knowing the Answer…

12 Describe and Discuss Knowledge, Participation, Enthusiasm 1.Rummy, Hearts, Spades 2.Triominoes, Dominoes, Score Four 3.Pool, Puzzles, Planting activities 4.Class Projects, Trips, Robotics 5. 6.

13 Activities Continued Puzzles Slinky Drawing / Coloring Felt Art Mosaic Pictures Coloring Book Themes School Mascot Pictures

14 Photos Pictures of self and family become focus Pictures of student in positive situation Pictures that elicit a smile

15 Artistic Outlets Music Poetry Writing Art work, Creativity

16 Tasteful Options Crackers Sour Stuff –Lemon Drops –Sour Powers –Gummy, Chewy, Oooey – Gooey

17 Background Music Waterfall or Aquarium 60 Beats A Minute Piano Familiar Appropriate

18 Lighting Table Lamps Floor Lamps Clip on Activity Center Fun Static Lights Wiggly and Wavy

19 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…

20 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%

21 Negotiate Tough Issues Compromise is a lifelong skill

22 Einsteins genius came not from being smart, but from being creative and rebellious and being able to think in pictures. Walter Isaacson

23 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.

24 Its not the Tools, It is how you use them!


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