This site is very valuable to me as a resource in my job as special needs coordinator. Their pages help me clarify my thoughts and come up with professional language when drafting education plans for students in grades K-8. I have referred parents to this web site and directed colleagues to it.
As the Resource Coordinator, I often refer to the All Kinds of Minds web site. It helps me clarify my thinking especially when I am struggling to come up with new classroom strategies. I often refer parents to the All Kinds of Minds site and some have told me that it helps them better understand their student.
"All Kinds of Minds" diligently strives to humanize education for all learners by focusing on developing the cognitive/academic strengths of each and every unique individual learner whilst managing those areas of weakness. To this end, "All Kinds of Minds" promotes, wholistic, multiple-sensory/sturctured, self-paced, individualized , leveled by areas of academic/cognitive strengths and areas of weakness, differentiated by sensorial learning modalities, thematic, place/project-based facilitation tied to real-life authentic assessments. The point is, "All Kinds of Minds"promotes the concept of unique individuality in learning vis-a-vis the common good of human-kind.
When All Kinds of Minda offered individual assessments of children with learning differences, we brought our son for an evaluation. The insights we gained from this experience were vastly superior to what we had received from our own school district -- which is usually ranked #1 or #2 in our state. Our son's academic performance improved dramatically (e.g. he went from failing every spelling test to getting 100% on each for the rest of the year). Now that he is older, he is able to effectively self-advocate, based on what he learned. The emails, etc. we continue receive have been doses of reinforcement in these years since we visited. Thanks!
All Kinds of Minds systematically dismantles the disease model we currently have for our schools and our students. All Kinds of Minds training confirms the role of teachers as facilitators of learning, not rigid gatekeepers of answers. A healthier future is on the rise as All Kinds of Minds continues this work.
The experience of the All Kinds of Minds training was life changing for our school community. Our teachers are becoming practitioners in the classroom, guided by the analytical information provided by All Kinds of Minds. This organization supports teachers in their understanding of the many facets of learning as well as the many facets of their learners. It places great importance on the strengths and affinities of students, which has resulted in an expansion of our list of extracurricular activities. All Kinds of Minds plays a key role in what we do every day as a school community.
I was so happy to find the All Kinds of Minds website. It has helped me understand how to tailor my teaching to my childrens unique learning styles. I have also been able to use the information by applying it in my workplace when I needed to train employees. The most surprising thing was that I finally able to pinpoint issues with my own learning hurdles. All Kinds of Minds is a great resource!
I love everything that All Kinds of Minds has to offer -their website, e-newsletters, and books! Helping people understand how the brain works and how that effects how people learn is so important for everyone to understand -teacher or not.
All Kinds of Minds is a professional resource for both educators and parents. The feedback that I was given about my own child was invaluable. The information that is presented concerning identifying learning styles can make all the difference in educating a child.
All Kinds of Minds is a wonderful resource. In supporting children with learning differences, I find that All Kinds of Minds, provides me with stimulating resources to use throughout the school year. In addition facts on research in all areas of academic and social development assist with policy making and curriculum planning.
I am mother of three exceptional children and I read everything that I can in order to be helpful to my kids. This Organization's website has been a Beacon to me since most if not all the Symposiums on any of these subjets are very costly and we can not afford them. This organization posts most recent information about how to help our kids succeed and achieve in the system they are getting an education. I have gain valuable and indispensable information from their website. I am forever thankfull that there are Organizations like such that can help guide a parent thru such difficult task.
The website for All Kinds of Minds offers me as a parent and instuctor valuable information to support my students and my sons.I benefited most from the workshops that was offered to the community. These informational opportunities are no longer offered.
I began with a 3 day training that I took some staff and all of our districts school psychologists. I then brought the program to my district to help reduce the need for labeling children and putting them on IEP's. Over 100 staff were trained and the district saw a 10% reduction in identification. I then was trained to be a trainer. It was amazing to see the changes in thinking and processing that teachers gain from in depth knowledge of how the child learns and reacts in the classroom. If all teaching professionals had training and support the reality that no child would be left behind would have meaning.
Trying to understand how all children learn is an extremely valuable way of helping educators to attend to the specific needs of all students. However, I think one of the most valuable things I see in this initiative is their focus on helping the students themselves as well as their teachers and parents, understand how they learn, how to capitalize on their strengths, and overcome their difficulties. Paraphrasing the proverb: "Give a child a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a child to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This gives children ownership and control over their learning which will serve them all through their lives and help them become independent learners.
After 10 years of teaching, I chose to be a stay-at-home mother to our sons. Our youngest son showed signs of difficulties in learning and relating to others at a very early age. This inspired me to research causes of learning challenges in young children and to experiment with what worked for our son's learning style. I made progress, but there were areas I could not understand and had trouble finding specific information about concerning some of our son's most challenging deficits. It was not until I discovered Dr. Levine's research and books that I finally gleaned a full picture of our son in areas of Temporal-Sequential and Spatial Ordering. I purchased all of Dr. Levine's publications and used his information as a model to tutor our son throughout his schooling. With that specific information used in one-to-one tutoring, our son was able to obtain an Associate's Degree from Miami University of Ohio. I am so grateful for Dr. Levine's wealth of knowledge of how children learn and what to do when something is not working for them. Not only have I used his knowledge with our own son, I also share with other parents I teach in NAMI's Hand to Hand classes.
The heart of understanding is explicit in the organization of All Kinds of Minds. The name alone celebrates the differences in learning and boosts the spirits of parents and teachers who desire to uncover the secrets of learning for everyone. The learning of students seems to teach teachers what is new and exciting for each child, and the teachers are awakened to a realistic HOPE that all children can learn and that teachers are a very vital part of that experience. Having experienced only one conference address by Dr. Levine, his educational tapes and his writings, I became hooked on the practical strategies and techniques for different minds. I fought for the “demystification” for children and their parents, and the glorious energy found in liberating the learning of others. To think that a philosophical and pragmatic approach could give so many students the freedom to learn is amazing! Thank you for all that you do to remain current in the neurodevelopmental world, so that those, working with children in their own families and in educational settings, can create positive outlooks to the future. I was in public education for 37 years using this organization as a resource, and now as an adjunct professor it remains a recommended resource for my post-graduate students. Thank you for remaining fixed on your goal to bring dignity to learning for all!
I was working at The Forman School and The Dublin School, respectfully, for the past twenty-four years as the Head Librarian and also tutoring "special-ed." students, and then as a learning specialist in small classes. At Forman School which is a secondary school completely devoted to LD students, the faculty at that time (many years ago) went through the training for Mel Levine's School's Attuned Training. Professionally trained teachers giving that program really know their "stuff"-I have a particular passion for LD students, anyway, with different learning patterns so I was never bored! I have kept up with All Kinds Of Minds info. even though I do not have students now because it stays current with its information. All Kinds Of Minds is always an excellent resource for everyone interested in education and educating, and gives valuable knowledge to gain and learn from for EVERYONE! I will have your information when I teach again, hopefully. Thank-you.
I worked for many years using the All Kinds of Minds training I received and prior to that, used the ideas from Dr. Levine's books. All in all , I probably spent over ten years studying and using the work. I received a disc that I could use to talk to families at schools and churches and began doing that in workshops and for organizations. When I did consulting work at schools, I always shared the basic information about the program which I was told when trained I was encouraged to do. Then, one day , I unexpectedly was told I was having my password revoked and the organization cut me off with only an explanation that a school that I had worked with in Michigan reported me to them. Despite the evidence I provided to the contrary , AKOM cut me off without even so much as a phone call where I could discuss this with them. I would have to say that this organization, though using Dr Levine's wonderful ideas, was beyond a disappointment in not "walking their talk" and dealing with things in a human manner. There is not doubt that the way of working with students is one of the best out there and it remains my stance that every teacher deserves this type of helpful training. However, I think it is apalling that I was treated in this manner. The individuals who reported me were angry with me because, as a consultant, I had interveiwed their teachers, at their request, and unfortunately had to tell them some things that would hard to hear for anyone. But that was what they had hired me to do. Currently , at the school in question, NOT ONE teacher remains there , only two years later. And in the process , the employees of the company that hired me are all gone but the owners also. And yet, AKOM chose to believe them and hang me out to dry BEFORE even contacting me to talk and hear from my point of view what had happened. The irony was that I had actually told the company they should contact AKOM, as I had the teachers, to get the training. I had been sending teachers to them for years. Infact, an entire school of teachers in my hometown are now trained in it at my advice years ago. So, I think one should consider these things carefully. Do the organizations we support have more than good things to offer in theory or do they offer them in practice? Tell your story here and help others understand this charity
I have recently been supervising a student in School Psychology and found the website and courses very helpful in schooling her into the neurobiological way of thinking. Thanks for creating the course free for that period.
All Kinds of Minds provides cutting edge information which is invaluable when working with students K-12 who have a variety of learning abilities and skills. The AKM email newsletter is shared with 27 teachers who teach over 300 children. By providing fresh ideas that work, and educating parents and teachers on how to be more effective with their "problem" student(s) our charter school receives comments from kids about how much more they like school! Why? Because we listen and apply the constructive ideas introduced through All Kinds of Minds. Thank you so much!
The school psychologist recommended All Kinds of Minds for a book study group she would run with our staff. Every month a group of us read a new chapter and meet during our lunch hour to discuss the chapter. Our psychologist meets with us and helps explain anything we might find confusing. We talk about the students and give each other suggestions. She also recommended the summer blog, so I signed up and have enjoyed the ongoing postings. They are very concise and informative.
This training helped me view my students in an entirely new way. I learned strategies for struggling learners that I had never been introduced to before. It completely changed my paradigm on education and teaching. I realized students all have the potential for greatness, educators just have to find their strengths and start from there.
When my son started Kindergarten, he was treated awful. He was sent to the office every, just because his teacher had no clue he was nervous. It became a game! He knew what she didn't want him to do, and he would do it just to get sent to the office. They are not Doctor's and told me he needed Ritilan. Baloney! Started reading all this wonderful stull on All Kinds of Minds and was amazed. My son was not getting a F.A.P.E. Went to the School Board and told them a few things. Pulled him from the awful situation and put him in new Public surroundings. He is now a Senior in High school and doing wonderful. Thank you to All Kinds of Minds for your help!
Now that I live in Paris, France, where resources in my fIeld are very limited it's essential to receive newsletters and consult the website. I know that I can always count on that website and freely recommend it to parents, teachers, administrators for any learning challenge that arises!
Teachers meet with so many different types of learners and have difficulty knowing how to best help kids with all kinds of minds. THe Schools Attuned course for teachers makes a huge difference in how the teacher understands different learning styles and even better, it helps teachers develop strategies that will help students learn. I have facilitated at least 8 courses and probably nearly 200 teachers and every single teacher has been very impressed by the course and how it has changed their practice. It is nothing less than wonderful and makes a huge difference to kids!!
I have so appreciated All Kinds of Minds. I became acquainted with them last year when I attended a seminar introducing their model. It has really helped me to understand my students better. Recently, this past summer, I have enjoyed their blogs. They have posted on attention, writing, handwriting, memory, congnition and a host of topics that are relevant to me in my field. I looked forward to getting each blog post because I knew that it would be succinct, informative and practical. I even had a chance to forward the blog links to a few parents and fellow colleagues who are able to put some of the research-based suggestions into practice. Thank you "All Kinds of Minds" for keeping me updated in my field in a relevant and accessible way!
Our daughter has a Dandy Walker variant. This means that part of her brain did not fully develop. Her teachers had written her off as "incapable of learning" and they told us that we were just comparing her to her brother. A neighbor saw Dr. Levine on TV so we made an appointment at the Student Success Center in Raleigh. We are eternally grateful for what they did for all of us. In the demystification process they gave us the keys to how are daughter is wired and taught her to be her own advocate. She graduated from high school with a 3.3 and is a very happy college student now!
I provide resource information and support to hundreds of families with children/youth with disabilities, mental health or chronic health needs. On many occasions, I have forwarded information from All Kinds of Minds, to my email distribution lists (including parents and school administrators/staff). The feedback I have received has been very positive. Many parents use this information as an important resource to take into school meetings. Teachers and Educational Assistants have also reported that the tips and help sheets were extremely helpful in the classroom. Keep up the great work! Your expertise and knowledge goes a long way.
My oldest son started having difficulties in school. The principal suggested that I read his books. I read his books and started advocating for my son. He has gone from total frustration at trying anything academic to becoming an honor student. (5 years). My second son is bright and charming. The school denied he had any challenges. I emailed All Kinds of Minds and with one phrase from them, I caught the schools attention and now my second son once again enjoys school.
I received All Kinds of Minds training in 2008. As an educator, I am able to help all of my students - not just the ones that are advanced or struggling. This program has been instrumental in helping me to strengthen my teaching skills and better serve all of my students. One student in particular was having trouble in class, and we couldn't seem to find anything to help her, but once I took the All Kinds of Minds course, I was able to give her strategies to address each component of her learning. I never realized how many components actually went into learning! This student was able to be taken out of the "pull-out" programs she had been in because her scores were improving. I love All Kinds of Minds and so do the parents of my students who I've implemented the program with!
This organization has a helpful blog that I read faithfully! The research-based techniques have given me so many ideas to use in my classroom. I feel that these ideas have truly helped me reach each learner. I am incorporating new ideas and energy into my lessons to ensure success for all students.
I had the distinct pleasure of working for All Kinds of Minds from 2002 through 2005 and worked specifically with the Schools Attuned Program the last year and a half of my tenure. I worked very closely with the Professional Development Provider Sites (then 7; 6 in the US and 1 in Canada) to provide high level training to educators, helping to provide a powerful framework and set of strategies that enabled teachers to prepare more students to learn and thrive in the classroom. Working with the PDP Site Heads and seeing their dedication every day to the Schools Attuned Program and knowing the difference it was making in the lives of their students and their educators, was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am proud to have been a part of such a ground-breaking organization and support the continued efforts of All Kinds of Minds and its fearless leaders.
As a parent of a dyslexic child, the information found in this web site, the educational opportunities presented by Mel Levine, that I attended in person, the books that have been written by Mel, have provided an invaluable resource, not only to me and my daughter, but to the teachers with whom she interacts and the state of RI, when his in-person seminar was held. He and this web site are a gem.
In 2008 Greenwood School brought the AKOM (Schools Attuned) training to our teachers. It was exciting to see our teachers enthused about accommodating their students learning styles by applying different teaching styles. Teachers work together to assess students and share their information. Now we are also having our students (grades 6-12) assess their own learing style and advocate for their accommodations. Teachers consistantly use their placemats when writing students' annual goals and objectives, developing classroom lessons, quizzes, and tests, and conducting parent conferences. The now have a common language to describe each child's learning strengths and weaknesses. We have continued training and will be incorporating the Schools Attuned constructs into our Rubicon curriculum mapping. Overall, this has been a win-win for our teachers and students. We are proud to be an AKOM School of Distinction. Jody Sealy, Admissions Coordinator Greenwood School, Jacksonville, FL A different way of teaching. A better way of leaning.
I had the opportunity, through my school district, to attend the All Kinds Of Mind week training (and follow-up sessions) during the Summer of 2008. Being a new professional to my field and working in a very challenging, Title I school, I was searching for the tools and language to use with many of my parents, teachers and students. Not only did All Kinds Of Minds help me come up with valuable intervention tools to use as a case manager for at-risk students, but it also allowed me a way to engage and start a dialogue with a student who quite possibly didn't know how to "leverage their strengths with their weaknesses." I see the power and usefulness in this program with all grade levels and learning styles.
As a special education teacher, much of my training was to focus on the difficulties my students experienced. The All Kinds of Minds training gave me a new perspective, by reminding me that everyone is a mixture of strengths and weaknesses, and that the key is to identify and work with all aspects of a students developmental profile. All Kinds of Minds did not just stop with the change of mentality, but provided clear and specific methodology to achieve this goal. I learned to better understand my students, and how to better intervene in order to help them achieve their potential. In addition I served as a mentor to general education teachers, and they found these ideas and tools extremely helpful in better addressing the needs of all the students in their classes, with completely different profiles.
I am an adjunct professor on the graduate level in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. I also am a facilitator for the All kInds of Minds Program. My graduate students are all teachers - My classes are all based on the All Kinds of Minds/Schools Attuned principals and philosophy. I facilitate the "Schools Attuned" courses for The New York City Department of Education. This past summer (August 2010) we "trained" over 90 graduate teachers in the All Kinds of Minds/Schools Attuned program. The typical reaction from these students when asked for feedback about their learning experience ------ "why wasn't this my first educational course, when I decided to go into teaching?" or "Now I really feel prepared to face any challenge I might face in the classroom with a struggling student".
I am a high school teacher living in Quebec, Canada. A few years ago I enrolled in the "Schools Attuned" program of the All Kinds of Minds (AKOM) organization. It was, without doubt, the best professional development I ever experienced as an educator. The follow up I have been doing using the AKOM web site and blog continues to help me better understand the neurodevelopmental differences in children and to better facilitate their learning. AKOM is a real "game changer" in how educators teach. Some exposure to the approaches espoused by AKOM should be mandatory in all university/college schools of education.
It is good to have a site that helps people know about the way kids/people learn, the existence of neurological diversity.
The All Kinds of Minds trainers were outstanding. They stimulated teachers, administrators, school counselors and psychologists to re-think about how students learn. As a school psychologist, I learned a great deal more about assessing students' processing skills. The trainers elicited active participation from all attendees and provoked much thought and discussion. Schools who adopt this program will be much better prepared to meet the needs of all learners.
Dr Mel Levine and the All Kinds of Minds philosophy has changed the way in which I approach children, identifying and strengthening their individual strengths and addressing areas of weakness in a positive and problem solving way. Children are without labels, feel confident and able to work together on their areas of difficulty and through understanding their minds, they understand how to learn, can achieve and enjoy school and all it involves.
While at an CHADD training one of the attendees recommended that we visit All Kinds Of Minds. Since the day I went to the web site, I find articles that have helped me. I collect information so that I am well versed with my son's situation. If I need more information, I go looking for it. If I need help, I go looking for it. The summer blog was fantastic. There was so much useful information. I sent copies to the school Principal. Our children need help and understanding. The more educated people are with respect to our children, their issues and possible solutions the more they can help and be a positive asset in the children's lives. I am thankful for knowing about ALL Kinds Of Minds.
I write this review as a parent of two boys that have different but great minds. Through their wonderful and extensive learning database they have allowed me to understand their minds better and get specific strategies to help them succeed. It was a God sent when I first heard of AKOM. My oldest son had struggled with languange and processing since he was a toddler and I was at a loss on how to advocate for him at school. A friend suggested going to this website which at the time, was developing a parent tool kit. That was my God sent. I was finally able to focus on breakdowns and solutions that were easily understood by me and his teachers. My communication with his teachers improved as a result of using this parent tool kit. My understanding of my child and advocacy improved as I used these tools to communicate with the teachers. They started asking me "how I knew so much" and "where was I getting this information". When you have a child that presents learning issues at an early age, diagnoses and labels can be confusing. In this website, I found concrete information that did not focus on labels but freed me from them and all the stereotypes. Instead, I was able to focus on breakdowns and strategies that may work in dealing with their issues in school. I also learned the value of demystifying a child. This has proven to be extremely valuable to my children. They are learning a good lesson. The lesson is -- we are all different. The better we know ourselves, the better we will be at using our strengths and work with our weaknesses. I have never stopped going to this website since I found it. It is part of my preparation every year for my discussions with my children's teachers. I hope you support this charity because their work is amazingly valuable.
I have subscribed to the AKOM newsletter for several years. Each edition has relevant links, specific examples of how I can help students and also heart-warming success stories that inspire me to keep on serving others. I appreciate all the research-based methods shared by this organization to truly make teachers know there is always a better way for them to teach those who learn differently.
This charity - AKOM - definitely deserves recognition for the type of work they do. It is through this organization that I have gotten much information on how the brain works. I have used many of their suggestions in my own classroom and share them with my colleagues. Brain research has blossomed in the past decade or so. We all need to become aware of how we can positively affect our students, our future. While I have had no formal training through AKOM, merely receiving the information has been terrific for me and my classes. Thanks to a great group!
For 7 years before retiring in 2008 at age 74, I frequently sent my children AKOM tapes about learning issues to help their 6 kids. Now as a volunteer I spread the AKOM message via the teacher with whom I work, and find the focus on one child at a time, and on the strengths of that child does work. Using AKOM approaches, many of the scholars with whom I worked last year went up 2 steps in the California STAR testing, and most at least one.
As a school psychologist I have received valuable information from All Kinds Of Minds that has been useful to help students with learning difficulties, teachers, and parents in a very needy area in Los Angeles.
AKOM provides a framework for approaching students' individual learning challenges. It greatly assists in choosing what and how to focus on in terms of student learning + providing meaningful feedback. Highly recommended!
The neurodevelopmental framework, developed by AKOM, helps us understand learners and learning. It is very detailed, and captures the complexity of learning. I appreciated the fact the facilitators assumed that teachers are intelligent and can grapple with complex material. They were masterful at helping teachers see how this information could be applied with individual students, a whole classroom, and a whole school. Having this gigantic toolbelt filled with interventions and accommodations supports teachers' efficacy and ability to give the right aid in a carefully targeted way. It also means that a student and I can try a long list of strategies together until we find what works best. I have to say that I love always beginning my discussions about or with a student with his or her strengths. Partnering with students and families, having tools to look at my assignments and subject matter with the learners in mind, and being able to convey true optimism about a student's learning have profoundly changed my teaching and that of my colleagues. I've applied many of the strategies and ways of thinking in my work with adults as well - so helpful.
All Kinds of Minds has been instrumental in helping me to hone my teaching/facilitation skills, to become increasingly explicit and discerning about recognizing learning from a neurodevelopmental perspective. AKOM processes and tools, give teachers, parents and students, additional ways to talk about learning which recognize the unique variations in us all. Celebrating this diversity, by demystifying the learning process and collaborating about strategies for success, has helped to maintain my optimism about education. AKOM has had a positive impact on increasing the ever-expanding knowledge base of teachers. More than 45,000 teachers have benefited from their professional development programs. AKOM processes and tools generates a capacity for building future possibilities in all learners by thorough data collecting, strategic strategy use and working from a context of success, expressing positive, hopeful energy.
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As a school psychologist for a public school district, one responsibility is to assist with interventions in the classroom and at home for children who struggle. I frequently turn to the published materials and the web page information provided by All Kinds of Minds to help me provide research-based and effective ideas for interventions. I use Schools Attuned books when I write assessment reports as I write recommendations. And recently, I added an Intervention component to my professional web page with information provided by the All Kinds of Minds Summer Blog series.
Other assessments done with my child seemed to focus on the "problems" with few recommendations on what to do. She didn't "qualify" for support services but we knew she struggled and wasn't learning all she could. The All Kinds of Minds approach was helpful in helping us understand what may be going on and ways to approach the learning with the approach of that's just how it is. Not right or wrong, good or bad, just is.
All Kinds of Minds is a fantastic organization run by wonderful and caring people. My School, Wasatch Academy partnered with AKOM nearly ten years ago and has never looked back. We saw positive impact on our students' achievement and overall happiness in school. Based on these early successes, Wasatch Academy committed to training all of its teachers, dorm parents and administrators. We have used the AKOM framework to inspire programs and services at the individual student, Whole class, and school-wide levels. Teachers are trained and expected to intervene within their own fields of expertise as well as support the interventions of colleagues teaching other classes. In an age where many private schools are struggling, Wasatch Academy is thriving and expanding. With students from 33 countries and 22 states, representing a wide variety of learning styles and strengths, we are proud to say that when it comes to walking the walk, Wasatch Academy really does... We teach all kinds of minds. And we reach them too! Thanks to AKOM for their dedication to developing quality programming for educators!
I am a Special Education teacher, thus. I am very used to focusing on the modalities through which my students learn best. All Kinds of Minds offers excellent training and materials in this area. They FOCUS the teacher's directions on the STRENGTHS of the students. The materials are so well developed that the process works for all teachers; not just those with training in that area. That is obviously the strong suit - and it is MARVELOUS! What I found equally compelling and of considerable use is that the process allows me to look at my instruction, the different concepts, etc -- and helps me to figure out what is needed to learn this concept. For instance - if this concept requires strength in a certain modality to master the content; then I can adjust my activities so that I focus on the activities that will not only support the learning styles of the students; but will target those areas necessary for mastery of that content. This training is marvelous - and in Oklahoma is available through a state funded grant! What a marvelous tool for us as educators!!
One of the strongest lessons from All Kinds of Minds is to focus of strengths. In my career as a teacher, weaknesses often become the target of extra effort. Effort is much more effective when the focus is on what the student CAN do and understand. All Kinds of Minds books, tapes, and materials can totally change your perspective on helping students achieve and will make you a much better teacher.