What it looks like when this need is NOT being met:
- High levels of anxiety around assessments and projects
- “Zoning out” or inability to engage with a lesson; difficulty staying focused for a given time period (for instance, in early childhood classrooms, lessons requiring too much sitting will be difficult for developing bodies that need to move)
- Outbursts and expressions of frustration with assigned tasks
- Refusal to participate in a task and difficulty explaining why
Ways to help meet this need:
- Nurture relationships with families to better understand students and share learning.
- Recognize and value home cultures.
- Provide multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression following Universal Design for Learning guidelines.
- Keep informed of the latest research on child development and neuroscience so practices are current. Refer to page 26 in the Guidebook for more research.
- Ask effective questions to identify where a learning struggle is occurring.
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