This Is How To Develop An Amazing Lesson Plan Using Questions

Creating an amazing lesson plan for students (or adults!) doesn't need to be complicated. There are lots of long winded lesson development tools out there. Especially if you're a new homeschooling parent or a new teacher, it can be overwhelming to plan out an entire year of learning and curriculum. Expert teachers break down the … Continue reading This Is How To Develop An Amazing Lesson Plan Using Questions

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

Opinion: Is Selective Education Harmful To A Nation? A Look At The History of British Education.

Recently there has been increased dissatisfaction of the education system in Europe and the United States. While the United States has had a long history of "public schools," Britain was slow to move towards schools that educated many students. This is not to say that the United State's early schools were all inclusive and comprehensive … Continue reading Opinion: Is Selective Education Harmful To A Nation? A Look At The History of British Education.

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)

National and Local Home School Resources, Laws, and Legal Documents By State

This article is intended to provide resources for parents directly from the state and federal government, to provide a few resources to help support learning, and connect parents with local homeschool groups. Click on the state name to be directed to your state's department of education homeschooling information. National Level Home School Resources: Click here … Continue reading National and Local Home School Resources, Laws, and Legal Documents By State

Educational Intervention: Student is struggling to recall their letter sounds.

Need: Student scores intensive or strategic on the CORE letter sound survey. (If you don't have a CORE Phonics survey I highly recommend buying and using it frequently. That is a gold mine of data for teachers. However, you can always check their letter sound from flash cards.)   Example Research Based Interventions: Make flash … Continue reading Educational Intervention: Student is struggling to recall their letter sounds.

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

Educational Intervention: Student Cannot Name Their Letters

Need: Student scores strategic or intensive on naming their letters on the CORE Phonics survey. (strategic is 65-82, intensive is 0-64). Approximate Developmental Age: Kindergarten/Pre-School Example Research Based Interventions: The teacher opens each session with these instructions (adapted from Schuster et al., 1990): "I am going to show you cards with letters/numbers/words. If you know … Continue reading Educational Intervention: Student Cannot Name Their Letters