"Whether you’re a teacher, staff developer or administrator, today’s audience expects quality. You need their attention for explicit learning. For starters, stop telling your audience to “Pay attention!” It sounds pathetic. Why?
What I have learned is below. For the surprising news and to keep reading…"
Advice to educators about how to help students with ADHD fulfill the potential of their powerful brains....
I am a 62-year-old psychiatrist who has both attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia. Of all the people who helped me deal with these conditions, top prize goes to my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Eldredge, at Chatham Elementary School in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She simply put her arm around me when it was my turn to read during reading period. No one laughed at my stammering and stuttering, because I had the mafia sitting next to me! Such a simple intervention, but profound in its impact.
Because of Mrs. Eldredge's arm, I didn't acquire the most damaging learning disabilities—shame, fear, and the conviction that you are stupid and defective. Many other teachers helped me along the way, but Mrs. Eldredge got me off to the right start. By eliminating fear, she enabled me to progress at my own pace, always believing that I could succeed....."
People with conditions like ADHD, dyslexia and mood disorders are routinely labeled “disabled”. But differences among brains are as enriching—and essential—as differences among plants and animals. Welcome to the new field of neurodiversity.
View just a few of the amazing educational apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun,...
Steven Spielberg’s 60 Minutes interview on Sunday night:
"....After having made more than 25 films, winning two Oscars, two Golden Globes and three DGA Awards, Steven Spielberg is in a time of his life when he can turn from “outward action” to “inner action”; a shift in perspective which is one of the strengths of dyslexia and reflected in Steven Spielberg’s newest movie Lincoln.
Unlike his previous movies, the movie Lincoln, coming in November, is not an action movie but a movie “about process and politics”. Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Lincoln, depicts the last four months of Lincoln’s life and his fight to abolish slavery.
“Lesley Stahl: There's not a lot of action. There's no Spielberg special effects. Steven Spielberg: Right. Lesley Stahl: It's a movie about process and politics. Have you ever done a movie even remotely-- Steven Spielberg: Never. Like this? Lesley Stahl: Not even close. Steven Spielberg: Never. No. I knew I could do the action in my sleep at this point in my career. In my life, the action doesn't hold any-- it doesn't attract me anymore.” Similar to his interview about dyslexia Steven Spielberg talks about his dyslexia: Tips, insights, and solutions, - what appears to attract Steven Spielberg at this time in his life (not unlike Lincoln) is to leave a legacy..."
With the help of correlations from neuroscience research, you can use best brain practices to help your children build the learning habits for best memory and test taking skills while also sustaining or restoring a positive attitude about school. This first of a three-blog series will focus on several practices to make new learning stick and promote the neural circuits long-term memory so knowledge is truly understood and retained beyond the test.
The following article, written by David Rose and Ge Vue in 2010, imagines the future by “pre-creating” the Presidential Address at the IDA Annual Conference in 2020. This article was first published in the International Dyslexia Association, Perspectives on Language and Literacy, Winter 2010. One notable difference between the printed text version and this digital version is the UDL learning supports embedded throughout.
First-generation college students are twice as likely to quit college as students whose parents have bachelor's degrees. Meet four students whose stories illustrate why it's a challenge to be the first in your family to go to college.
"Getting into, paying for, and navigating through college is rarely easy. For students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities (LD), that struggle can take on even more dimensions.
Learning-related issues such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often lead to difficulties in traditional classrooms and on standardized tests; if scholarship applications look foremost at test scores and GPAs, it can mean that LD students lose out. Fortunately, there are resources and scholarships out there that can help."
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