When I plan a lesson or activity, there are many factors to consider beyond the content and curriculum. I think of the high expectations I want my students to attain, but I also think of the learning styles and difficulties that sit before me daily.
I design reading, writing, and content assignments that are user friendly and can easily be broken into smaller chunks of information to be accessible. I think of engaging and motivating questions so students will connect and find relevant meaning to the information. I come up with mnemonic devices to help learn information. I sit next to students. I talk to them and observe them so I can best understand them. Everyday I put myself in the shoes of 23 different students and think what approach would help them understand and succeed.
The brain is the most fascinating organ. I love trying to figure out the puzzle of each child's unique brain. It's always changing, challenging, but also rewarding to see a student succeed. Because isn't that really what all kids want?