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HBO doc sheds light on learning disability

HBO doc sheds light on learning disability | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it

I reviewed the HBO documentary "Journey into Dyslexia." Thought provoking.Emotional.  Interviews children and adults.  Showcases the difficult journey as well as positive examples of successful adults. Views dyslexia as a gift, leading some on a journey that they would not have done without the diagnosis.   See trailer: www.interdys.org/JourneyIntoDyslexia.htm .  Released May 2012.  DVD. Purchased for $17.00 on amazon.    

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Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
With the increased recognition that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking its members to become advocates.
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It is helpful to get physicians in the game early!!! 

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading
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This really relates to my previous post about taking notes with a computer. Annotation can really help compreehnsion if it is purposeful and intentional. 

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A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom - Huffington Post (blog)

A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom - Huffington Post (blog) | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom
Huffington Post (blog)
"They can't do that...they can hardly read!
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Thinking is what drives the CCSS.  Don't let access be the barrier that gets in the way of thinking.    

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Does this article make you feel awkward?

Does this article make you feel awkward? | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Charity Scope is launching a campaign to tackle "awkwardness" around disabled people. Disabled comedian Lee Ridley shares his regular experiences of public awkwardness.
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how can you do your part to make disabilities less awkward?   I would like to see his show.

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Kids With LD Gain Confidence by Reciting the Gettysburg Address | Homework & Study Skills | At School

Kids With LD Gain Confidence by Reciting the Gettysburg Address | Homework & Study Skills | At School | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
A new PBS documentary from Ken Burns tells the story of how kids with learning and attention issues overcome fears and gain confidence by learning to recite President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
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Watch tonight, 4/15/14 at 9PM or check out a rebroadcast on PBS. 

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12 Rules The Best Teachers Live By

12 Rules The Best Teachers Live By | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
So why is it that some teachers are succeeding so exquisitely while others struggle?
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We all can learn from these principles.

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The Lost Art of Teaching Soundly Structured Lessons

The Lost Art of Teaching Soundly Structured Lessons | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Mike Schmoker discusses the essential elements of effective lessons—and wonders why they are so often violated in schools today.
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Here is a good article that highlights the importance of solid lesson design by Mike Schmoker with links to explicit instruction and lesson design. 

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Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined: Scott Barry Kaufman

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

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Purchased the books nd waiting for its arrival. I am game for a book study. 

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 16, 2013 1:00 PM

Shall be doing a book study with this I suspect!

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How to Create a Successful Reading Experience for Your Child

How to Create a Successful Reading Experience for Your Child | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Your own enthusiasm for reading is one of the most effective and accessible tools in your parenting toolbox to help reduce stress and encourage your child to engage in summer reading.
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Great reminders for students with and without disabilities. However, i wish the article dicussed the reading level of the text.  For pleasure reading, be sure that the studen can read the text with at least 98% reading accuracy.  Therwise, this will not be an enjoyable experience.  No adult will stick with reading a book when decoding is laborious.

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Purpose of homework?  Try these alternatives.... 

 

 

 

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Nichol Murray's comment, February 15, 9:10 PM
Fantastic ideas that can be applied to any classroom. They're so simple, yet easy to forget to do these. I like how this in a chart for quick reference.
Mrs. Monsour's comment, March 1, 12:46 PM
I am printing this, as we speak! I will share this with students in my Methods classes to use to prepare them for student teaching with quick homework strategies with a 21st century focus.
Susan Griffith's curator insight, March 15, 12:44 PM

What a fabulous resource!  So often, parents struggle to help their children with homework for a variety of reasons- this provides a nice choice of alternatives so the lesson can be reinforced at home!

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Everyday Decisions: Do Re Mi — How to Approach Music Instruction for Kids with LD - NCLD

Everyday Decisions: Do Re Mi — How to Approach Music Instruction for Kids with LD - NCLD | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
A parent offers tips on music instruction for kids with learning disabilities.
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DSM-V and Special Education

DSM-V and Special Education | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
As has been widely publicized and discussed, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has recently issued a revised version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a b...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 27, 2013 3:10 PM

A discussion of the DSM V and changes from DSM IV

malek's comment, July 26, 2013 7:44 AM
an outline guide that morphed into a cookbook
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Accountable Talk Sourcebook for Classroom Conversation

Talking and thinking are related.


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Sentence starters to increase deep conversations in your classroom, even soft student switch disabilities.  

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, April 22, 2013 10:09 AM

Great work by Lauren Resnick and colleagues from University of Pennsylvania Learning Center

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:22 PM

Increase engagement, deep thinking and meaning conversations with these sentence starters.  

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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.
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I believe this article closely ties not only differntiated instruction but formative assessment as esstential to know what tools and strategies are might be helpful.  Great for beginners.

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
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This is counterintuitive.  I think we ought to think about the purpose of note taking and learning.  This study did not focus on special education students or students with learning disabilities.  Would the same research hold up for college students with SLD?  Thought provoking. 

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Executive Functioning and Learning Disabilities | Executive Functioning | Types of LD

Executive Functioning and Learning Disabilities | Executive Functioning | Types of LD | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Executive functioning skills - These problem behaviors are often the descriptors we hear about students with learning disabilities (LD) as well as those with ADHD and language processing disorders.
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Sarah Ward, SLP and expert in executive functioning (www.cognitiveconnections.com) was recently at Oakland Schools providing similar information. There are interventions that can work. Many students often have both ADHD and SLD making executive functioning a very important part target of intervention.  Homework help anyone?  organization?  Completion of long-term projects?  

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Backwards EdTech Flow Chart

Backwards EdTech Flow Chart | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
I'm a very visual person, so naturally I'm drawn to charts, diagrams and anything that I can look at and understand.  I've made a couple other charts to help people pick technology tools based on B...
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Instead of selecting a technology and thinking about ways to use it during instruction, let's focus on the task that we want students to do then think about the technology that might support it.

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final-faq-e-book.pdf

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Helpful guide for parents from NCLD

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The Top 10 Skills for the 21st Century Young Professional [Infographic]

The Top 10 Skills for the 21st Century Young Professional [Infographic] | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
  via Youtern For every open position, there are hundreds of applicants from those who – from a technical point of view – could do the job. What sets candidates apart now goes past your techni...
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I think there are not only connections here to what students need to learn and what schools need to teach to be career ready, but these are the same skills educators need to work together to impact student achievment. 

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The LD Navigator | by LD.org

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Helpful resource to share with parents and clinicians in your area.  See the Bridging the divide between medical and educational definitions.

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iPad Apps for Literacy Instruction that meet criteria from International Dyslexia Association

iPad Apps for Literacy Instruction that meet criteria from International Dyslexia Association | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
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Good information on helpful apps and how to review apps. 

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Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Whole class discussions are, after lecture, the second most frequently used teaching strategy, one mandated by the Common Core State Standards because of its many rewards: increased perspective-takin
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I think this is a good article about real class discussions and the importance of what the author refers to as "front loading strategies" that increase student engagement.  There are many research references which will be interesting to dig into...Great consolidation of information. 

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SLD and Transition ot College

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SLD and College transition. Good article to share with students and parents as we enter the college season.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 25, 2013 10:47 PM

Share with parents of students with LD in high school!

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Defining My Dyslexia

Defining My Dyslexia | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Perhaps I’ve succeeded not despite, but because of, my disability.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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This article reminds me of a video that is posted on this page, the Journey into Dyslexia (HBO Documentary), which reviews data that indicates a overwhelming number of entrepreneurs have dyslexia.  most of them say it was because of their dyslexia that they were successful not despite it.   also speaks to the controversy about the label-SLD or Dyslexia.  Many people resent the term SLD as they feel that they are not "disabled" but have a specific medical condition. 

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 25, 2013 8:37 AM

"the dyslexic brain, which processes information in a unique way, may impart particular strengths. Studies using cognitive testing and functional M.R.I.’s have demonstrated exceptional three-dimensional and spatial reasoning among dyslexic individuals, which may account for the many successful dyslexic engineers. Similar studies have shown increased creativity and big-picture thinking (or “gist-detection”) in dyslexics, which correlates with the surprising number of dyslexic entrepreneurs, novelists and filmmakers."


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I believe that scientific evidence and social observation will continue to show that defining dyslexia based solely on its weaknesses is inaccurate and unjust, and places too grim a burden on young people receiving the diagnosis."

 

Great article to wake up to.  Indeed, the strengths have ALWAYS been there.  The problem is, people with testing kits tend to use a form of confirmation bias by focusing on the weaknesses and building programs around "filling the gap".  These programs essentially point out the obvious to the child several times per hour .  How does one deal with having their weaknesses given the spotlight for years on end?  Who can do that?  How can they do that?  We continue to fill our rooms for "emotionally impaired" students who cannot read or write, wondering how to unpeel the layers after 10 years of toxic environments.  

 

We create toxic environments for these creative children when we do not identify and enthusiastically support their strengths.  

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Rethinking Difficult Parents

Rethinking Difficult Parents | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
"Jack tells me that lots of kids are doing way worse things, but you ignore them and pick on him."

"Are you saying Mandy is a liar?"

"As far as I know, three kids did the same thing, yet Ben was th

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Great reminders in working with parents. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:57 PM

Listen as an educator to the story the parent is telling. Yes, parents can be over the top with their advocacy. What are the reasons for that?

Mariha Greenland Shields's curator insight, February 17, 11:39 AM

Another great reference when talking with my students about working with parents.

Mrs. Monsour's comment, March 1, 12:47 PM
Thank you for sharing this valuable resource, Mariha.