Remain silent? Not on my watch. We all send our kids off to school with all the confidence that the teachers, administrators and other professionals are equipped to teach our children what they need to know to be successful, happy, contributing members of society. Our kids start school with excitement in their bellies and an organic motivation to learn. But sometimes best laid plans go sour and you are left wondering, what are my rights and the rights of my child to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)? The rights you have are the same as parents of children with autism, cerebral palsy, speech impairments, sensory integration disorders, but the fact of the matter is that advocating for a child with dyslexia is far more difficult and you need to be diligent, prepared, persistent and educated about your rights. Read the rest of this entry →
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Boys are born with about 100 billion neurons that are waiting for experiences that will build networks between them (Brotherson, 2005). Those neural networks grow when he learns to read, and as he is developing his reading skill into an efficient and enjoyable activity. However, one must also remember, as he is learning to read, that the brain of boys and girls are configured differently. Many boys have highly developed spatial-mechanical processing areas. This allows for abstract reasoning that is necessary for the comprehension of higher levels of math concepts (Gurian & Stevens, 2004). It is also abstract reasoning that is required for understanding humor (Shammi & Stuss, 1998), and boys enjoy books that involve humor (Scholastic, 2012). You might want to try “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” (2-5) (14.99), "Fox at School" and "Horrible Harry in Room 2B” (4-7) (3.59), “Scooby-Doo Scary Carnival Creeps” (4-8) (3.99), “Kid Who Ran for President”(5-12) (4.99) (Scholastic, 2012). Read the rest of this entry →
Over the years, there have been many famous quotes about the responsibilities of a father. As Father’s Day approaches this Sunday, the three that speak to me the most are:
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad." (Anne Geddes);
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." (Sigmund Freud); and
"It is a wise father that knows his own child." (William Shakespeare) Read the rest of this entry →
Finding Virtual Learning Technology Answers. Parents and teachers are finding a proliferation of virtual remediation to acceleration brain training programs promising fast and optimum gains in learning reading, math, and science that are research based. It is difficult to believe these promises, as most often the program designers do not have a background in classroom implementation let alone e-Learning implementation, which is totally different form pure classroom teaching.
Many virtual learning entrepreneurs come from backgrounds of scientists and somewhat related fields to education like optometry (testing vision), psychiatry, psychology, and medicine pediatrics (medically treating the whole child, and prescribing stimulant medications). Others are business and technology product development entrepreneurs who have never worked in a classroom, and understand technology delivery parameters, but not how children/adults actually learn and retain information so that it will transfer into real life productivity. Read the rest of this entry →