Subject areas for useful resources

Teachers and parents may assist students with any subject in which they have trouble understanding with useful resources that cater to a specific subject area. Here are some topics that definitely require useful resources during the learning process:

History Math Subject

– mathematical formulas, times tables, roman numerals, names of angles, and equation differences;

– English literary devices, grammar rules, vocabulary, difficult words to spell, and words and meanings;

Literature English Subject

– Geographical location names, labels on a map, and notes on the interaction of air, land, and sea;

– Historical events and period they occurred, names of noteworthy people in history, and changes

– Business terms, definitions, advantages and disadvantages of systems

– Accounting formats, rules, examples of reports, and notes on taxes

– Spanish and French translation, and difficult words to remember

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Resources for memory development

The best way to develop a student’s memory is through practice. Learners have preferences when it comes to achieving this goal. Here are some resources that would be helpful for the visual learner, auditory learner, read-write learner and kinesthetic learner.

Developing the memory 

VisualMemory

Charts, posters, maps, and diagrams are visual images that help students remember important information with little effort. Students can stick these around their bedrooms and teachers can place them in the classroom. Since the images are usually in their face all the time it becomes part of their long-term memory.

AuditoryMicrophone Technology Memory

Voice recorders help students to read their notes once and listen to it a million times just like an overplayed song on the radio. Videos on lessons appeal to visual and auditory senses at the same time. If viewed regularly, the information will definitely be memorised. Songs about a particular topic played repeatedly can definitely get imprinted in the conscience.

Read-WriteBookcase Memory

Books, journals, essays, blogs, websites, and any platform that offers information for students to read notes over and over are ideal resources for memory development. Students who enjoy reading may also like to write about what they’ve read in the forms of reviews, reports, summaries, and essays.

KinestheticMaterials Resources

Skits, role playing, dramatisations and games allow memory development as students must rehearse scripts, character roles, and memorise the rules and objectives of games.

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Materials for active learning

Teachers and parents can promote active learning using various materials. Here are some ideas to encourage children to develop their cognitive and motor skills while having fun.

Cards and buzzing materials

They can play guessing games with the use of flash cards and buzzers. Resources MaterialsInstead of using flash cards for reading and memorising purposes only, questions can be created to which answers will be on the flash cards. A teacher can allow students to form teams to battle against each other in a stipulated time with real buzzing sounds as in a game show.

Dress up

Props and costumes are great resources for skits, mystery games, and scavenger hunts. The themes of these activities can be based on the lesson of the day. Materials

Providing props and costumes makes the activity a lot more interesting rather than asking students to use their imaginations. They become more enthusiastic to dig into a box of resources that will bring to life the characters they must play.

Toys

Bouncing or rotating toys in a classroom are excellent resources for recitation exercises. Teachers and students can use these at home or school for lessons that require students to repeat information aloud from memory. Students have fun while they present their knowledge to the class with a bouncing ball, hula hoop, paddle ball, pogo stick, and hopper ball.

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Active learning and the students

Knowing each student in the classroom

A classroom is made up of several types of students and it is important for the teacher to know exactly who they are so as to zone in on their needs. For every type of student known in the classroom, there may be one who is the complete opposite. Knowledge of this helps to shape the instruction for a personalised learning setting even better.

Meet each student in the classroom

Accelerated Accelerated

We all know that gifted pupil who excels at every subject with very little effort. He or she accelerates faster than the rest of his or her classmates in a school where average students… Read more

DelayedDelayed Student

In a traditional classroom with a high rate of average students, a delayed child is lost with the lesson, apathetic to do assignments, distant from schoolmates, invisible to everyone including… Read more

AttentiveAttentive Student

The attentive student is a teacher’s charm. He or she diligently pays attention to every word, note, and instruction given, notices the clues hinted in case studies before anyone else, identifies… Read more

DistractedDistracted Student

The distracted student is well known in the traditional classroom for slowing down the progress of the session. He or she daydreams in class, stares through the window, turns whenever… Read more

FocussedFocused - Home

We all know that one pupil who usually has it all together. This is the person who constantly takes notes in his or her daily journal, organiser, scrap book, on sticky notes and make perfectly laid out… Read more

UnfocussedUnfocussed Student

The unfocussed student has very little passion for the lessons scheduled on a school’s syllabus. He or she prefers to do everything else under the sun other than academic schooling. These… Read more 

DisciplinedDisciplined Student

The disciplined student is a stickler for rules, obeys instructions always, acknowledges the difference between right and wrong and in some cases just might be a teacher’s pet. This is the child who sits… Read more

Undisciplined

Undisciplined Student

Many teachers are faced with the problem of an undisciplined student who is disobedient, badly behaved, disruptive and out of control. He or she is a serious problem in a classroom as he or she slows… Read more

OutspokenOutspoken Student

The outspoken pupil has an opinion about almost anything. He or she answers every question the teacher puts forward and has a counter argument for the points made by… Read more

QuietQuiet Student

The quiet student is the most misunderstood person in the classroom. This student hardly ever speaks or does it inaudibly when asked a question, barely interacts with his or her peers… Read more

LazyLazy Student

The lazy student is sluggish, fatigued, and unresponsive. This student comes to class, sits at the back with head bowed on the desk and naps for the entire period. Some teachers interrupt their sessions… Read more


Attentive student always ready for details

The attentive student is a teacher’s charm. This student diligently pays attention to every word, note, and instruction given, notices the clues hinted in case studies before anyone else, identifies meaning in figurative speech perfectly, and spots errors made in questions.

Attentive Student

In a traditional classroom setting, these students are valuable to teachers who appreciate those who listen attentively, read and follow instructions precisely, and show that they understand the lesson with proper assignments done in the allotted time.

The needs of the attentive student

Students who pay careful attention look forward to activities that allow them to keep their eyes on the ball. Many teachers take it for granted that the attentive student has specific needs. They assume this student is satisfied with the learning environment because they are always attentive with any lesson presented to them. Although the student may seem enthusiastic and focussed, these characteristics can be easily diminished if the lessons are monotonous and do not present any new challenges.

Some activities get tiresome after doing it repeatedly such as reading comprehension passages and answering the questions, writing short stories and argumentative essays, learning formulas and calculating numerous mathematical questions, or reading the notes given in class, text books, and online for other subjects. This student becomes bored and frustrated with lessons.

Active learning environment for the attentive student

A classroom presented with games and group projects that provide a variety of materials involving visual, auditory, tactile, reading, writing, and kinesthetic usage is an active one and the perfect setting for the attentive student. Instead of reading passages and instructions alone, the student interacts with classmates collectively making suggestions and contributions to assignments.

The games of charade, Scrabble, Pictionary, and puzzles keep the attentive student focussed making him or her a strong team player. Role playing, skits, and presentations allow this student to have fun while learning. The attentive student is involved with the lesson while speaking, listening, writing and collaborating with fellow classmates.

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Getting the distracted student to focus

Getting the distracted student to focus

The distracted student is well known in the traditional classroom for slowing down the progress of the session. This student daydreams in class, stares through the window, turns whenever someone passes by the door, sneaks a peak at his or her cell phone every minute, acts dumbfounded when asked a spontaneous question, and has no idea what the lesson is about during the session.Distracted Student

Teachers become annoyed with the distracted student since they are forced to stop their lesson to repeat all that was said in order to bring the lost student back on track. This additional effort is wasted because it does not take a long time before this student is once again distracted.

What makes a student distracted

While many teachers and parents believe that students are distracted by choice making them a deliberate troublemaker, there are needs of a distracted student that may need to be addressed. This student might be suffering from a developmental delay that has never been diagnosed such as a hearing problem, linguistic incompetence, Attention Deficit Disorder, short attention span which might be due to frustration or depression, or the student may simply be bored with the classroom environment.

How to cater to these specific needs

This student needs as many focus exercises as possible at home and at school. As an induction to a lesson, when a teacher presents a word game like text twist to be done within a set time for points, the distracted student is encouraged to stay focussed throughout the exercise or competition.


A group project demands concentration from all the members of the group including the troubled student in order to be a success. Skits and presentations require that students memorise lines in order to perform in front the whole class. If all lessons are constructed with a similar active environment, this student will always be alert and focussed for longer periods.

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Challenging the focussed student

We all know that one student who usually has it all together. This is the student who constantly takes notes in their daily journal, organiser, scrap book, on sticky notes and make perfectly laid out plans for their entire future at a very young age.Focussed Student

This is the student whose parents and teachers congratulate and celebrate consistently for being so focussed. This student is attentive and makes long-term plans based on careful observations of people and situations, and makes pros and cons analyses regularly. Since they tend to excel at academics, no one suspects that these students have special needs that should be addressed.

The needs of the focussed student



This student needs to be vocal so as to clarify any doubts about a topic. In a traditional classroom, the focussed student may have many questions unanswered because the teacher may request that students speak only when they are asked a question. If it’s a large class, then this student may feel stifled having concerns that remain bottled up, especially when the teacher requests only one response per student due to time constraint.

Also, the focussed student needs to experience life in abundance in order to shape the decisions that are consistently made about his or her future. Without experience, this student’s grandiose decisions are based on testimonials, observations, and reports that may not be as reliable as his or her own conclusions.

An active environment for the focussed student

A classroom designed with endless activities is the perfect one for a focussed student. Mystery games, scavenger hunts, and projects that heavily incorporates social studies, business, and psychology offer students hands-on opportunities to learn about people and institutions in society.

Role playing and performing skits are also very effective ways for exposing students to other cultures in the classroom. Each student brings something different to the table with their own sub-cultures and experiences. A teacher may suggest an imaginary setting to be a workplace, college, home, grocery, or the streets. These settings would allow students to demonstrate what they know at the same time they would learn what their classmates have experienced.

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Attentive student always ready for details