Previously I wrote an article breaking down greatschools.org ratings by showing the scores of several schools within the Winston Salem, NC area. The gist of that article was that high tests scores (and especially greatschools.org ratings) do not mean that a school is high caliber. Although parents continually hang their hat on that hook. Interestingly, … Continue reading Here’s A Cautionary Tale To Every Parent Who Thinks High Test Scores Equal A Great School
Below are all of the 2nd grade reading standards and example goals written below them. Here is my advice on using my example goals: First, the common core standards are only used as just that, a standard. Whether or not they are appropriate for a typically developing student is up to you to determine. However, … Continue reading 2nd Grade Reading IEP Goal Bank Based On The Common Core Standards
I read a statistic that over 60% of teacher's in the 90's said they were satisfied with their jobs. That's a lot more than the percentage of teachers in 2012. In 2012 only a meager 39% of teachers said they were satisfied with their jobs. So what changed? Does it matter that teachers are less … Continue reading Here’s Why Teacher Satisfaction Is Down And How To Fix It
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?