Jill Shadoff

Through “Students Teaching Origami for Success,” Ms. Shadoff and Mr. Berg enhance the reading and mathematics skills of their students with learning disabilities. Students read about Sadako, a young Japanese girl who died in Hiroshima before realizing her goal to make 1,000 paper cranes, and the Sadako Peace Project, which began when Sadako’s classmates created paper cranes in her honor. After learning the geometrical concepts necessary for origami, students with special needs create lesson plans to teach origami techniques to students in general education classes. Students in special education classes keep daily “peace journals” to record their feelings and observations about the program.