Maria has recently added another element to her blog called "Make A Difference Mondays." On the first Monday of every month, there will be a Linky Party focusing on a different character trait. This link-up will serve as a resource guide to parents and teachers where lesson ideas, books, videos, and other resources will be shared and exchanged each month. So whether you come by to read, or to share, or to take something with you, you can become a part of the teaching and learning community helping children to develop positive character traits.
When I transitioned into general education, one of my former students with Down Syndrome was included into my general education class. Since then, in the last twenty years, I have had students with significant special needs at least half of the time. And, like most teachers, I also have many students with IEPs for learning differences and other educational needs every year.
EMPATHY. What a difficult word for students to understand and practice. In my classroom, I have used books, role playing activities, guest speakers, and music to help students understand how life can be different for other people. Whether we are trying to understand students from different backgrounds, cultures, home situations, or abilities/disabilities, all students need opportunities to discuss and explore how other people feel as they work through challenges and work towards success.
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I want to direct you to a link for the song... but there is currently a problem with the link to the Vitamin L website (www.vitaminL.org) where (when it is up and running again) you can find lyrics and other information for purchasing this song and others.
However, I was able to locate two other options!
On the website, "Songs for Teaching," you can download a copy of the album or order a CD to be mailed to you--and both come with song lyrics. This page also has links to other song clips in the collection. There is another page at this site that has a song clip and lyrics for "Walk a Mile." Click on the picture below to take you there.
I also found a clip of "Walk A Mile" performed at Vitamin L's 20th Birthday concert in Ithaca, New York on YouTube. These are not the singers from the recorded version (I like the album version better), but you can get the idea.
I hope you will check out "Walk A Mile" and other songs from Vitamin L. And I REALLY hope that you will link up with Maria and join in on her Make a Difference Mondays Linky Party. Why don't you click on the button below and help us take another step toward making a difference?