The pace of schools today is frantic. So little time is left in a child's 24 hour-day to play and explore - both in and out of school. Unintentionally, we may be pushing students to think and learn at high levels when more basic needs are not met. For a student to be available for learning, basic needs need to be met - in both school and at home. We need to shift our paradigm from student supports as "extras" and "add-ons" to prerequisites for a student to be available for learning. I created this Maslow's Hierarchy of School Needs to highlight the need for other pieces to be in place for students to be available to learn (and to learn at high levels, reach their potential, and increase their potential).
Any thoughts, feedback, edits, subtractions or additions?