Author: LisaFriedman

How We Can Use the ‘Power of Yet’ to Advance Inclusion

The Power of Yet If you have done any reading or learning in the area of mindset, you know that the power of yet can be a powerful game changer. It can help move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. The concept is simple: Help students change from saying and thinking “I can’t” to believing “I can’t yet.” Shift them from “I don’t get it” to “I don’t get it yet.” Push them from “I don’t know” to “I don’t know yet.” And encourage them to abandon “This doesn’t work” for “This doesn’t work yet.” It’s a significant way...

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Celebrating Our Mistakes

  One of the things I most often discuss when training teachers to be more inclusive is the importance of reframing. We discuss reframing attitudes and reframing language, notions that tend to be easy to understand, even if difficult to apply. It’s when we get to reframing lesson plans that it can get tricky. Even when teachers have the right intentions, they can find it challenging to consistently design lessons with an eye toward inclusion. There is a lot that good teachers take for granted, especially in successful classrooms. I am guilty of this, too. When we have activities...

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Inclusion is a Verb

  Ok, I’m splitting hairs here a little. The grammar police are screaming, “No, include is a verb, inclusion is a noun.” And they are right, grammatically. But if we are going to get to the heart of what it means to include others, we need to think of inclusion as a verb. Because it will not matter, in the end, what we say, if it’s not backed up by what we do. Inclusion happens when people actively include others. Think behavior, authentic conversations, genuine and meaningful interactions. Inclusion is about helping people feel comfortable enough to be who...

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4 Strategies for Accommodating Students with Dyslexia

  A version of the this article was originally published at matankids.org. By Lisa Friedman According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, “Dyslexia is the name for specific learning disabilities in reading… Children and adults with dyslexia simply have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.” Dyslexia IS NOT • A sign of poor intelligence or laziness. • The result of impaired vision. • Seeing letters or words backward. • Outgrown From Edutopia, “Dyslexia is real, occurring in up to 20 percent of the population. That means there is a student in...

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How To Build Friendships In An Inclusive Environment

One of the highlights of my job is working with teens.  I am proud that I have had the opportunity to teach, guide, mentor, counsel and support this age group for nearly twenty years. An article from Psych Central entitled, “How Teens Choose Their Friends” asserts that contrary to popular assumption, teens most often choose friends based on “the [academic] courses the adolescent takes and the other students who take the courses with them.” The article goes on to cite research from the American Journal of Sociology that states: “The researchers found that students who take the same set...

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