"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."
"If you came into our classes and asked our students what close reading is, what they’d probably describe is something that can be boiled down to this: the careful interpretation of a text wherein which readers pay close attention to the way ideas unfold as they read. Often, this involves annotating texts for the sake of slowing ourselves down and recording our thinking so that we can do cool stuff with what you read."
People with dyslexia often struggle with the ability to accurately decode and identify what they read. Although disrupted processing of speech sounds has been implicated in the underlying pathology of dyslexia, the basis of this disruption and how it interferes with reading comprehension has not been fully explained. Now, new research finds that a specific abnormality in the processing of auditory signals accounts for the main symptoms of dyslexia.
Look at our survey of skills and strengths that were reported by adult dyslexics in the workplace. The top 4:
- seeing from multiple perspectives
- ability to visualize
- problem solving, reasoning
- able to to see the 'big picture' and what happens next
These are a fantastic set of strengths that would cross all disciplines and fields - from science and engineering, to art and multimedia, humanities and entrepreneurship.
But this gifts and talents are not even on the radar for most students. They don't easily fall into one of the 'multiple intelligences' or most gifted checklists. And these are strengths better suited to real life beyond the K-12 classroom.
Shouldn't we make sure that the educational process for dyslexic students is helping expand these strengths and abilities?
But for Jennifer Serravallo, former teacher and current staff developer at Columbia University's Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, the sight of kids engaged in books during school—and shoving a paperback into ...
In A Quick Guide to Teaching Second Grade Writers with Units of Study Lucy Calkins chronicles a curricular calendar that will help teachers increase the volume of student writing; encourage students to lift the level of their ...
In our Reading Workshop there are countless opportunities to engage in inquiry. In a minilesson we might consider what we do as readers and why it is helpful, in a reading conference or through reading letters there is an ...
My daughter goes to a 20th century school that mistakingly thinks it embraces 21st century learning simply because it allows students to bring their own device. This is particularly frustrating to me since I speak on this very subject at schools and conferences around the country.
"Daddy, I need to buy a scientific calculator for math class!" I respond, "Oh sweetie, you're so cute. No one with a brand new iPad mini needs to buy a physical calculator any more. Just tell me what functions you need it to do and I'll help you find the right app." To which she says, "No. We're not allowed to use our iPads or phones. The teacher says we can cheat that way by texting, IMing, or emailing answers to each other." *facepalm*
I would like to crowdsource here and ask for comments as to how to best deliver my email to this school's academic director.
The March 2012 issue of Educational Leadership (Reading: The Core Skill) contains an article that all ELA and literacy teachers must read: "Every Child, Every Day" by Richard L. Allington and Rachael E.
Grading writing: The art and science — and why computers can't do it Washington Post writing A new debate about whether computers can really edit essay tests is really about how writing can best be graded.
This week we will hear from Bianca Adamo, a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, who works with the teachers at Holbrook Elementary School in Long Island, New York. She and the second ...
Several months ago one of our first grade teachers had an idea (I am pretty sure she got it from Lucy Calkins- we really like her here at our school). What if after we had a publishing party with our students final stories, we put ...
We round up 25 nuggets of writing wisdom from Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Augusten Burroughs, Geoff Dyer, Steven Pressfield, and more. From me:-"Thankyou 99percent a great collection of tips. For all aspiring writers and just those who want to know some strategies for getting that writing task done!"
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