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Specific Learning Disability: Reshaping Identification Practices. Guiding document for schools

Specific Learning Disability:  Reshaping Identification Practices.  Guiding document for schools | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Here you will find the document, Oakland Schools Guidance: Eligibility Determination for a Specific Learning Disability (referred to as the OS SLD Guidance), accompanying documents such as Frequently Asked Questions and many templates and resources.

  Purpose The Oakland Schools Guidance: Eligibility Determination for a Specific Learning Disability document and the accompanying resources were created to both to assist districts in complying with all state rules and federal regulations regarding SLD, and to encourage districts to make a long-term plan for reshaping identification practices.   It is not intended to mandate an approach, nor is it intended to establish a single methodology for SLD identification across the county.   You can order a copy of the document here:  http://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/fop/fop_p2_form.aspx?sessionid=ej3fb2fe9fc0fe7fc9ff8fdl
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Deliberate practice makes perfect; monitor with problem solving model!

Deliberate practice makes perfect; monitor with problem solving model! | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

While it may be true that there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going, there certainly are ways of needlessly prolonging the journey. We often waste lots of time because nobody ever taught us the most effective and efficient way to practice.  Deliberate practice is the way to go.

 

Article defines deliberate practice; also indicates that using the problem solving model to monitor gains is a must! 

 

 

 

 

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Life Notes: Parenting without stress - Richmond Times Dispatch

Life Notes: Parenting without stress - Richmond Times Dispatch | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Life Notes: Parenting without stressRichmond Times DispatchMoms and dads who routinely endure toddler tantrums or episodes of teen rebellion might laugh at the notion that it's possible to parent without stress.
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Studying Everyday Eye Movements Could Aid In Diagnosis Of ADHD and other.....

Studying Everyday Eye Movements Could Aid In Diagnosis Of ADHD and other..... | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
In a new study, researchers claim that because ADHD, Parkinson’s, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder each involve ocular control and attention dysfunctions, they can be easily identified through an evaluation of how patients move their eyes while...

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Can playing familiar music boost cognitive response among patients with brain damage?

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Spatially Gifted, Verbally Inconvenienced

"the fallacy of most attempts to understand a problem that many gifted scientists, mathematicians, artists, and yes, even writers and poets face. It is also the locus of the major sex difference in abilities. The problem is erroneously labeled a discrepancy between verbal and spatial abilities, which it is not.

 

The key is not verbal ability, but fluency in retrieving words, particularly on the basis of their sound patterns, or fluidity in assembling novel utterances. On the spatial side, it is the ability to generate and manipulate gestalten or whole patterns, usually of a fairly concrete sort, but in a fluid and flexible way.

 

Abstract reasoning abilities are essential; superior skill in remembering images or sounds or numbers that is devoid of reasoning ability is the hallmark of the savant. On the other hand, I do believe that achievement tests—with their heavy emphasis on specific language abilities and mathematical calculation abilities—do miss children who can be among our most creative thinkers. The human toll is also substantial. As Churchill put it, "It is not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the very beginning of the race"

 

Sometimes, though, I wonder what life would be like had my education given as much attention to the development of my visual-spatial abilities as to my verbal abilities.

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Psychometrics in education: Overview of assessment validation

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Psychometrics can be described as a science that looks in to the development of instruments and theories in relation to educational and psychologi..., Dr Pandula Siribaddana (Psychometrics in education: Overview of assessment validation - Helium  Defines

Predictive validity,

Concurrent validity

Content validity

Construct validity

Face validity

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Can money or other rewards motivate students?

Can money or other rewards motivate students? | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

What motivates kids?  This topic is vital to any attempt at education reformation, yet a discussion about students’ motivation is ofthen  the "missing piece". 

 

Using rewards can be effective - but like with most things, it must be done WELL and under the right circumstances.  Any attempt to reward must factor in:  competence, control/autonomy, interest/value, and relatedness. 

 

Many disucssions I have had in the early education community center around ACKNOWLEDGING effort instead of giving compliments for mastery.  This is related to the HighScope assessment that teachers are using  (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Alignment_ECSQ-PK_toPQA_353415_7.pdf).

 

If a reward system is designed poorly, it can actually discourage motivation.  Read on for more!

 

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Notes from the School Psychologist: A Blog

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A blog written by a  school psychologist.  Many resources and fairly regular updates. 

 

"Dr. (Bell) Branstetter is a Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco and Oakland, CA). She specializes in psychoeducational assessment and therapy with children, adolescents, and young adults"

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RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

One of my favorite videos from RSA Animate.  Adapted from the book Drive:  The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink (http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Surprising-Truth-About-Motivates/dp/1594488843).  The video is, indeed, theoretical, but it gets at the crux of "what to do about all those kids who don't do their work".  I also think the concepts are completely related to where education reform needs to go.  Common Core is a definite step in the right direction .

 

Autonomy, Purpose and Mastery:  student's work must include all of these things to truly engage the learner. 

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Are Shy Kids at an Academic Disadvantage in Preschool? - Psych Central News

Are Shy Kids at an Academic Disadvantage in Preschool?   - Psych Central News | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
A new study reveals that shy preschool children are at greater academic risk than their chatty and outgoing peers.
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Apps for multiple intelligences | ipadders.eu

Apps for multiple intelligences | ipadders.eu | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
What makes the iPad brilliant is that it caters to all different intelligences. In fact most apps touch upon all different types of intelligences. I've tried to match all of my favorite educational apps with their corresponding intelligences.
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Student Motivation: An Overlooked Piece of School Reform. Many, many resources here!

Student Motivation: An Overlooked Piece of School Reform.  Many, many resources here! | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Student Motivation: An Overlooked Piece of School Reform, a report by by Alexandra Usher and Nancy Kober at the Center on Education Policy in Washington, DC, USA (Student Motivation: An Overlooked Piece of School Reform
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Megan Cross's comment, October 2, 2012 10:02 PM
I looked into the paper on motivation, and I think I just might use a piece of this for my discussion tomorrow. We are overlooking motivation and along with this: student autonomy, competence, and interest. The very things that tell us that we are human.
Lissa Ledbetter's comment, October 24, 2012 2:29 PM
I have been hearing more and more from parents of upper elementary and middle schoolers who have children that are incredibly motivated by technology use. I know we've talked about this before, but I continue to be intrigued by parents insisting their kids enjoy reading from a Kindle or iPad so much more than a paper book. They describe their children, who typically have showed little interest in reading, as "unable to put the Kindle down until the book is done". I wonder if the affect wears off after awhile? Is it the novelty, or because the younger generation relates to these tech tools?
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IQs Corner-Intelligent IQ Insights

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A newspaper by Kevin S. McGrew - updated daily with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Behavior Plans, Part 2 | Love What You Teach

Behavior Plans, Part 2 | Love What You Teach | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
This is the second part of my two-part answer to Christine's question about behavior plans and rewards. Part 1 discussed whole-class reward systems, and now we're on to individual behavior plans. I use behavior plans ...
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What is a child's behavior communicating?

What is a child's behavior communicating? | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

What is the child's behavior communicating to us?  What need(s) is the student trying to get met?


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10 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Bullying at School ...

10 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Bullying at School ... | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Empower yourself and your children by learning what parents can do to protect their children from bullies and bullying behavior as they enter this new school year. ...
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Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity

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Social rejection fuels creativity for people with an independent mindset.
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3 Reasons Why Schools Neglect Spatial Thinkers

3 Reasons Why Schools Neglect Spatial Thinkers | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

In Why Don’t We Value Spatial Intelligence? I stressed that as a society we have neglected spatially talented students who are not as good with words and numbers but who are quite talented at manipulating figures and shapes in their minds.  1.  Standardized Tests Do Not Include Spatial Measures;  2. Most Teachers Are Not High Spatial; 3.  Spatially Talented People Are Not Very Vocal

 

 

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OU Researchers Look For ADHD Interventions to assist teachers with classroom management

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WOUBOU Researchers Look For ADHD InterventionsWOUBOhio University researchers are receiving $1.5 million dollars in grant money from the US Department of Education for an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder intervention study.
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The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Tinkering and Maker Education-Engaging Kids

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User Generated Education:  a blogger who is doing a great job of sending out resources relevant to student enegagement.  If you haven't heard about "flipping the classroom", you must read this.  Assisting teachers in creating engaging environments is an important part of what an effective school psychologist can  do.  I have been including links to these sources in the Edmodo communities I have created for implementation support after professional learning around student engagement. 

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Three (Incredibly Simple) Questions The Most Successful People Use To Change The World - Forbes

Three (Incredibly Simple) Questions The Most Successful People Use To Change The World - Forbes | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
I’ve heard it said that the most brilliant business ideas are often the simplest. From my experience, it’s true.

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iPad App Helps Kids With Autism Communicate

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AustisMate is an iPad app designed to be used as a communication and therapy tool to help people with autism.


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What’s A Flipped Classroom?

What’s A Flipped Classroom? | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Flipped classrooms are all the rage.  This method truly engages kids in a way that keeps them questioning, thinking and learning.  This article includes nice visuals to explain what a flipped classroom looks like and how it works. 

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What is motivation and why does it matter?

What is motivation and why does it matter? | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

This is the first of a series of six articles from the Center on Educational Policy regarding motivation. 

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