Thursday, December 14, 2017

Learning with Light, A Multisensory Learning Technique

Team Newell students are exploring our new light table. The light table will be used to promote the four C's of the 21st century Learning: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking. It will also be used to teach Ohio's 2nd grade Math Learning Content Standards and to teach cursive handwriting which was adopted by the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District.

What is a light table?
A light table is an illuminated table, panel, or box. They are used for learning and exploring different educational toys and materials, as therapy for autistic, sight impaired and other special needs children, for artists to draw and trace on, for Doctors to view X-Rays, and widely used as an educational staple in Reggio Emilia based schools.


Why use a light table?
Shaving cream, sand, salt, and manipulatives are used on a light table to provide students with a multisensory learning experience. Multisensory learning tools are designed to promote cognitive and intellectual activity with multimodal integration of two or more sensory modalities of sound, touch, smell, sight, and motion. 

These techniques stimulate the brain in a variety of ways so that each sensory system becomes more developed and higher functioning. This improves essential functions of the brain such as listening skills, movement, vision, tactile recognition and conceptualization. Teaching in a way that forces a number of senses to work together not only allows students to make stronger connections to the information, but demands more focus in an enjoyable way.

Here are the Common Core State Standards that will use taught using our light table. 

Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem. 

Understand place value.

Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. 
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.

Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method. Understand that in adding or subtracting three-digit numbers, one adds or subtracts hundreds and hundreds, tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose or decompose tens or hundreds.

Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.

Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.

Comprehension and Collaboration:

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

I am very excited to use this 
multisensory teaching technique! 
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