Technology in the Classroom
Technology-based learning is a vital supplement to the Sierra School’s core instruction, to familiarize our students with up-to-date hardware and software and to acclimate them to the products and programs so prevalent in their daily environment. Accordingly, we make concerted efforts to stay technologically current in our classrooms, outfitting them with multiple computers, all loaded with the latest instructional programs and teaching aids. We enhance basic computer skills and knowledge with leading-edge advancements, like disability-specific interactive software programs, adaptive technologies and equipment, and iPad-assisted learning.
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Nurtured Heart Approach®
The Nurtured Heart Approach® is a relationship-focused methodology founded strategically in “The 3 Stands” for helping children (and adults) build their inner wealth and use their intensity in successful ways. It has become a powerful way of awakening the inherent greatness in all children while facilitating parenting and classroom success. The essence of the approach is a set of core methodologies originally developed for working with the most difficult children. It has a proven impact on every child, including those who are challenged behaviorally, socially, and academically. The Nurtured Heart Approach has also been shown to create transformative changes in children diagnosed with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment disorder, and other behavioral, emotional, and anxiety-related symptoms—almost always without the need for long-term mental health treatment. Even children experiencing social cognitive challenges, like autism and Asperger’s, greatly benefit from the approach, reducing the need for traditional mental health and medical interventions.
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Room 5 has been incorporating yoga into our morning routine. So far, students have learned how to do the sun salutation by following a chart that has been adapted for elementary-aged students by using animals to demonstrate the poses. By adding yoga to our daily schedule, students have learned to pay attention to their own breathing and to control their own body as they perform each yoga pose. After our morning sun salutation, the students get to draw a card from our yoga deck and share it with the rest of the class. Each card has a new yoga pose and breathing exercise for the students to learn and experiment with.
We also practice Zen meditation. The students pick a yoga pose to remain in for two minutes. Then, while holding the pose, they listen to sounds of nature and envision being in the location from where the sounds are derived.
Incorporating yoga into our classroom has helped students learn to self-soothe, for when they control their breathing, they’re able to find a quiet space inside them. Through yoga, they are learning skills that will help them succeed in life inside as well as outside of the classroom.