On Learning Diversity

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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“Our traditional take on human capabilities, bolstered by an overreliance on statistical measures and a fetish for medicalizing all manner of experience, encourages us to identify and treat…

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Dyslexia: Neither Blessing Nor Curse

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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I hope no student of mine who has been described as dyslexic ever reads that page. What we see “behind the curtain” is clear, rhetorically strong prose with a few minor typographical and spelling errors. Most students I know (and their teachers) would find it hard to recognize their own difficulties in the language in that passage. At the same time, I very much appreciate a great deal of Foss’s perspective on our biases about ways of reading and the experiences of students with language difficulties.

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Are Learning Styles a Myth?

Monday, September 23, 2013
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There’s been talk around here lately about some popular myths associated with learning and even more talk about ideas that are alleged to be myths. We’ve been asked…

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Learning Disabilities and Giftedness- Same Thing?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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Both learning disabilities and giftedness are socially constructed paradigms that fail to educate the student to his full potential while treating him or her as a holistic person…

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Why Use SMART Boards?

Friday, March 16, 2012
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This time our intrepid tech contributor, high school sophomore April Ferguson, explains the many benefits of SMART Boards, especially for students with learning differences. All over the country…

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Survey of College Freshmen Reveals Overwhelmed High School Seniors

Thursday, September 29, 2011
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Findings from the latest American Freshman National Norms survey reflect the same general tug-of-war occurring throughout American education. While these 2010 freshman were optimistic about their college experience, and 2/3 of them judged themselves to be “above average” (much like the gifted children of Lake Wobegone), they also assessed their emotional health at a record low.

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The Question of Challenge: Student Responses

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Our last few posts (One Year Out: Student Survey Seems to Show Students Want Challenge and Alfie Kohn on the Homework Myth) have focused on the question of…

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A New Approach to Learning Disabilities

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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“A New Approach to Learning Disabilities: Making bureaucratic systems work for educators rather than limiting their ability to work with students” by Dr. Peter J. McDonald and Dr….

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ACT vs. SAT Which Test Should be Taken?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Both the SAT and the ACT are examinations used in the college admissions process for the purpose of rating a student’s abilities and likelihood for success in college. For…

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The Surprising Power of Positive Thinking

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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A recent study examining the potency of self-affirmation in addressing the gender gap has shown some startling results that could be easily applied in any classroom. Women are…

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The Puzzling Brain

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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A number of recent studies reported on in an article in the New York Times offer some intriguing revelations about the way the brain functions while solving problems….

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Learning to Write

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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The journey that I took to learn how to write was not a normal one.  It took me years of trial and error with different teachers and finally…

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Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

Monday, November 8, 2010
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If you are a parent or teacher trying to understand and help your student or child with executive function difficulties, this recent book co-authored by Drs. Joyce Cooper-Kahn…

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The Question of Challenge

Friday, September 24, 2010
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During this year’s faculty training week the question of challenge was a hot topic. It is often a fine line that divides whether or not a student will…

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Should I Teach Skills or Content?

Friday, September 24, 2010
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As a history teacher at a school for students with learning (dis)abilities I have struggled with trying to balance the teaching of skills and content. Which is more…

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High School Student Andrew Schneider’s Video on Life with a Learning Disability

Sunday, June 20, 2010
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“My Life With LD is a short film that depicts the constant struggle for children and teens with learning disabilities. The film encourages viewers to look at life…

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Why “Profession Development” Should Replace “Professional Development”

Monday, March 29, 2010
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Changes to the status of the traditional professions and to the place for teaching among those professions have created both new opportunities and new dilemmas for educators. In particular, we explore a new model for approaching profession(al) development for teachers and discuss the possibilities for its far reaching effects in the teaching profession.

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