Special education... Ah. The best and worst B.S. out there. We love it, we need it, and we hate it. In this article you will never read "public school" special education is B.S... because the special ed. crap certainly is not limited to public schools. And some public schools actually do have their crap together. … Continue reading This Is Why Traditional Special Education Practices Are Bull S*#@
I recently received this question from a parent: What I would like to see you write about is the electronic evolution in schools in which nothing is on paper anymore, no text books, work books, etc. I'm struggling with this especially for my middle schoolers where I can't ever see the breakdown of a grade … Continue reading How Can I Help My Child In School When Everything Is Virtual?
Finland has become famous for their play based learning for kindergarten aged children. This has turned heads because academically, Finland always ranks high on their test performance. And since the United States continues to place high importance on eradicating poverty through our education system, and simultaneously working to ensure our future workforce is the best in the world, the US is searching for the best methods of teaching our students.
I was chatting with a group of friends about kindergarten recently, and realized that there's been a lot of hype around how kindergarten should be run. Should we be teaching reading in kindergarten? How long should young children be at school? Are private schools with more play time better for development? Has full day kindergarten … Continue reading This Is What 16 Research Articles Say About Literacy, Kindergarten, And Entrance Times
Dyslexia. Reading Disabilities. Learning Disability in Reading. Language disability. These names are all used to refer to students with a pronounced reading struggle that cannot be explained by lack of instruction or other cognitive difficulties. That means, by definition, dyslexia is NOT related to mental retardation. A student with dyslexia is just as intelligent as … Continue reading A Quick Guide To Dyslexia (Info Graphic)
The Research on Life Expectancy In a Ted Talk given by Susan Pinker last year, she went through research done by Julianne Holt-Lunstand at Brigham Young University. The research looked at a population of diverse middle aged people. After recording their information, she waited seven years and then, in the words of Susan, "went to … Continue reading Will The Lack Of Social Education Create Shortened Life Spans?
When I finally get a few minutes to casually scroll through my Facebook feed, typically I see several blog posts that discuss technology. Most of them are fear mongering blog posts on all the awful effects of technology. They speak to how we are ruining our children and adding negative social consequences for them. Don't … Continue reading Research Review: Dangers of “screen time” vs. teaching computing skills
This article is based on my knowledge as a licensed and experienced special education teacher and from the National Center of Learning Disabilities. Back in 2014, the center published an article called "The State of Learning Disabilities." Within, they published some alarming information about how many adults perceive learning disabilities. Here is How Our Nation … Continue reading Research Review: What is a Learning Disability and What Does it Look Like? Part 2 (Facts vs. Myths)
Learning Disability... What does that mean? A Learning Disability is the most common "diagnosis" given in public school settings. Here are the specifics from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that students must show in order to be considered "learning disabled" (I know, that's very abstract). On-going difficulties in reading, writing, or mathematics. Academic … Continue reading Research Review: What Is a Learning Disability and What does it Look Like? Part 1