Should The United States Adopt Finland’s Play Based Kindergarten Method?

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.

This Is What 16 Research Articles Say About Literacy, Kindergarten, And Entrance Times

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

A Quick Guide To Dyslexia (Info Graphic)

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)

Will The Lack Of Social Education Create Shortened Life Spans?

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?

Research Review: Dangers of “screen time” vs. teaching computing skills

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

Research Review: What is a Learning Disability and What Does it Look Like? Part 2 (Facts vs. Myths)

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)

Research Review: What Is a Learning Disability and What does it Look Like? Part 1

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