In his book Thinking Differently, David Flink, who has ADHD and dyslexia, explains why “just try harder” is a myth for kids with learning and attention issues.
Barbara Hunter's insight:
....and Yes, this was the least restrictive environment for David. I couldn't read this without thinking about my own 4th grade experience with Mrs. W, and the countless times, as an educator, consultant, and presenter, I heard the same words from teachers' mouths.
In defense, Ross Greene's notion, If we know better, we do better comes to mind. This book and blog ( among others), should be "must reads" for education student in universities, and teachers seeking to understand students who will learn if the methodologies are firmly in place, and administered with fidelity. Bottom line....WE MUST DO BETTER!
Parth Gandhi, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the clinical assessment of adolescents and young adults, explained how Executive Function skills can determine if a young adult will be successfully independent.
Good information! We can't wait to see if EF skills are in place, parents and professionals must guide growth. By "guide growth" I mean, understand the processes of EF, assess strengths and challenges in children very young, as they are emerging, and engage in metacognitive, direct, and strategic support.
"During February, there was widespread media coverage of a forthcoming book by Julian Elliott and Elena Grigorenko called The Dyslexia Debate. I've seen an advance copy of the book, whose central message is to argue that the construct of dyslexia lacks coherence. Quite simply, dyslexia does not constitute a natural category, in terms of cognitive profile, neurobiology or genetics.
The authors' arguments are backed by a large body of research: people have tried over many years to find something distinctive about dyslexia, without success...."
"You’ll probably see a lot of things about beating procrastination, being more productive and focusing better floating around our site. Probably because I’m one of those folks who falls into the trap of LOOK AT ALL THE SHINY THINGS ON THE INTERNET! (This is me. I’m not ashamed, mainly because I know it isn’t just me!) Especially with all of the awesome digital tools available to use these days, distractions are numerous. Getting your students to be able to focus won’t only help you from ripping your hair out in the middle of your classroom, but it will help them in the long run, too.
The handy infographic below takes a look at a number of different ways to help you focus. Share them with your students – while many of them can’t be applied in the classroom, they can be applied at home for a homework workspace..."
"My research into the characteristics of great high schools and my experiences as a high school principal for twenty-six years suggests that there are 10 behaviors, taken as a whole and performed within the context of each school’s unique culture and circumstances, that separate the doers from the talkers..."
While the Common Core State Standards look good in theory, as long as they are yoked to standardized assessments, we will not have students that are truly college and career ready. High stakes standardized tests conducted on computers, with essays graded by algorithm, actively work against the development of the traits that are necessary for college success.
A new study by MIT neuroscientists reveals how the brain achieves this type of focused attention on faces or other objects: A part of the prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction (IFJ) controls visual processing areas that are tuned to recognize a specific category of objects, the researchers report in the April 10 online edition of Science.
Scientists know much less about this type of attention, known as object-based attention, than spatial attention, which involves focusing on what’s happening in a particular location. However, the new findings suggest that these two types of attention have similar mechanisms involving related brain regions, says Robert Desimone, the Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience, director of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and senior author of the paper.
“The interactions are surprisingly similar to those seen in spatial attention,” Desimone says. “It seems like it’s a parallel process involving different areas.”
Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.
Barbara Hunter's insight:
I couldn't watch this without thinking about about a recent conversation I had with an uninformed individual who still believes using text-to-speech and speech-to-text is cheating...EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO LIVE WITHOUT THE RAMIFICATIONS OF A DISABILITY! Join Me!
I am always interested in applications/extensions that can be "mainstreamed" into existing technology at little or no cost. This provides a seamless strategic environment for an accademic settng or the workplace.
Developing Teenagers’ Executive Function “Students in my classes over the years have blurted out highly inappropriate comments only to have maturity catch up… (Checking out "Developing Teenagers’ Executive Function" on School Leadership 2.0:...
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects 8.4 percent of school-age children in the US. If you have ADHD, you already know what that means. It makes
Barbara Hunter's insight:
One of the important threads in this brief discussion is getting to a point where you have found your voice. This is an aspect of education that is missing most of the time. Again, we focus so much energy on the WHAT of learning, to the detriment of HOW and WHY we are learning...For an ADHD or LD student to "know thyself" as a learner when they leave high school is a tremendous gift.
The notion of a GAP year is also one that should be considered for ADHD/LD students. Having the time to mature, further refine interests, and make better life decisions is priceless.