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Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
Dyslexia is very hard to define! In fact, a recent entry on Facebook said, "My son’s school just told me there is no such thing as dyslexia! I’m dyslexic; how can they say there is no such thing?"
What the school ... Read more
Sometimes I don’t totally understand why something I do helps a student! A couple of weeks ago I gave a chemistry test. I had several phone calls from one of my student’s parents and five emails from her son telli... Read more
Every child needs to learn how to read well. When reading does not come easily, it affects every part of life. Thanks to research conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we know th... Read more
When parents and schools work together, children benefit. According to a report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children ... Read more
My last blog (about skills versus intelligence) mentioned that some parents and teachers think children are not trying when in reality they are working very hard. It is a concern that I have for struggling students, because j... Read more
“School is more demanding for my kids than it was when I went to school.” How many times have you said this or heard this said?
Kids need to be at their best in order to do well and enjoy school. It seems that nev... Read more
Many students who struggle in school are called “lazy and dumb” by their peers and at some times even by a teacher or parent! This is extremely hurtful and unnecessary.
First of all, you cannot always tell whethe... Read more
The first year we had a girl’s softball team at the school where I teach, one of the girls on the team was very athletic. She could throw and hit the ball well, and she could run very fast. In the first game of the se... Read more
When a child struggles in school, their parents experience a range of emotions -- frustration, anger, hopelessness, and guilt.
In the beginning, we feel the problems in school have to be because the child is not trying. We fu... Read more
When a child is struggling in school, we have three choices for ways to help. We can remediate, accommodate, or teach the child to compensate.
If at all possible, we should fix the problem. The best example of this is a chi... Read more