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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

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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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, 2014 11:39 AM

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

Mrs. Monsour's comment, March 1, 2014 12:47 PM
Thank you for sharing this valuable resource, Mariha.

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Bill OK'd to provide resources for students with learning disabilities

Bill OK'd to provide resources for students with learning disabilities | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
The House Education Committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would appropriate $750,000 to create a three-year pilot program to provide training for teachers and resources to enhance interventions fo
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This could actually make a difference. 

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▶ Formative assessment overview - YouTube

What does formative assessment look like in the classroom? Why bother? How does it impact on learning? This is based on works by Shirley Clark - most recentl...
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Great overview of formative assessment. Thanks Les Howard for the video!

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How Children Learn To Read - The New Yorker

How Children Learn To Read - The New Yorker | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Why is it easy for some people to learn to read, and difficult for others?
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Great article about developing reading skills. 

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To the Mom or Dad Who Told Their Child Not to Stare at Mine

To the Mom or Dad Who Told Their Child Not to Stare at Mine | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
"Teach your kids to see her."
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I loved this article.  As someone who works with students who have disabilities as well as from a mother of two children, I think this is such an better way to handle these situations. "Hi! What is your name?"   

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Tess Marshall's curator insight, February 19, 9:27 AM

Brilliant article about allowing kids to interact as kids, not as "other". 


"Here’s the thing: kids categorize. They need your help — and maybe mine — to make sure Sarah gets into the right category. They ask questions to figure out how things fit in their world. When you don’t let them ask their “rude” questions, you confirm my daughter as “other.” Believe it or not, every kid I’ve met who was allowed to ask as many “rude” questions as they liked, learned in just minutes to see my daughter as I see her. She is just a kid."

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Disabled students aren't as disabled as you think [Commentary]

Disabled students aren't as disabled as you think [Commentary] | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
This summer, Arne Duncan , the U.S. secretary of education, startled public school systems nationwide by shifting the focus of enforcement of federal laws covering students with disabilities from technical compliance like timelines to accountability for academic outcomes. The shift has seismic impact, plunging the number of states who fully meet federal requirements from 41 to 18. Maryland, despite laudable efforts, is one of the fallen states.
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We have the wrong delivery system in public schools.  Students get more specialize instruction and time as they get older instead of intense services early when any gaps are smaller.  The dosing is all wrong.  Combine the delivery system problems with low expectations.  The poor delivery model of specialized instruction in schools directly impacts the lact of progress and the low expectations that teachers have learned to expect.  

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October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month - Language Learning Apps, LLC, Sugests How to Identify and Help a Struggling Reader

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 03, 2014 -- National Dyslexia Awareness Month is aimed at building awareness in parents and teachers of this language based reading disability. Language Learning Apps, LLC, provides the signs of a student with dyslexia.
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 I like this quote from the article, "Dyslexia cannot be cured, but its impact can be overcome." 

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Rethinking Learning Disorders | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Rethinking Learning Disorders | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
For most people, learning to read, write, add, or subtract seems straightforward and elementary. But as both a professor of special education and a scientist who ...
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Good basic article about the DSM revisions impact students with learning disabilities.

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Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders

Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Researchers in Montgomery County, Md., have identified warning signals, such as poor grades or a high number of absences, that can flag students as early as 1st grade who are likely to drop out later.
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Early intervention matters.  We know who the at-risk students are in our schools.  We need to beat the odds.

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Famous Failures - YouTube

http://this-video-recommends.info/on/famous-failures ((( Get The Inspiring Book On Famous Failures))) Inspiring video on persevering no matter how many times...
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There are many versions of this video.  Even if you have seen this before, it is worth another look. 

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What Is Dyscalculia | Math Learning Disabilities Symptoms

What Is Dyscalculia | Math Learning Disabilities Symptoms | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Dyscalculia, sometimes known as “math dyslexia,” affects the ability to make sense of and work with numbers. Learn the symptoms of dyscalculia and ways to help.
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Good general overview about math disabilities including the difficulty that kids with math disabilities have with number sense.

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A New Fantastic Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Fantastic Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
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Merging of technology and learning.

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Growing Up Greatness's curator insight, August 7, 2014 12:34 AM

A great resource to assist with effective differentiation in the diverse classroom.

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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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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.
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Some of these tools might be very helpful.  I think the use of these tools emphasizes how formative assessment is intentional and embedded to your instruction.  If more teachers were routinely using formative assessment, would we close the achievement gap?  Would we leave less children behind?

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How Teachers Can Make Better Use of Time

How Teachers Can Make Better Use of Time | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Teachers often find themselves with too few hours in the day, but Justin Minkel says that there are ways to get the most out of that time.
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Practical advice....No one has enough time.  Let's be smarter....

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How to Help Students With Nonverbal Learning Disabilities | Edudemic

How to Help Students With Nonverbal Learning Disabilities | Edudemic | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
How to Help Students With Nonverbal Learning Disabilities by Leah Levy http://t.co/SFRieS66vj
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I find this topic so interesting.  There is no consensus about what a NVLD is or is not, but this is generally a good article to help inform you. Our research knowledge is so far behind.

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When a Cashier Reminded Me My Son Has Down Syndrome

When a Cashier Reminded Me My Son Has Down Syndrome | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Moments like this are why we need awareness.
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I saw this yesterday and thought it was worth reading to put a little perspectives in our day.  Since we work with kids who have differences, it is sometimes shocking to me about the insensitivity of others.  We do good work.  Feel good that you are trying to change the perspectives.  

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Choice Literacy - Articles & Videos - Full Article

Choice Literacy - Articles & Videos - Full Article | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
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Good tips for parents.  I think it is so important for parents to understand that their role is primarily practicing and enjoyment of reading not teaching reading.  It should feel like a conversation, with opportunities to ask questions. If your child is barking at the print, it is too hard.  They should be reading books at home that they know 98-100% of the words.  This blog has good questions for parents to ask while their son or daughter is reading a longer text.

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A unique tool to spot dyslexia in children

A unique tool to spot dyslexia in children #edchat http://t.co/06poOyAXwJ
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We have long known from functional magnetic imaging that students who have reading disabilities or dyslexia have noticeable differences in the way the brain processes langauge (parietotemporal region of the brain: slow, analytic decoding function and the occipitotemporal: rapid, automatic word identification).  Most of these studies are down with kids already identified.  What is interesting about this line of research is that it followed students over time. 

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Poverty as a Childhood Disease

Poverty as a Childhood Disease | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
More doctors are growing concerned about the effects of childhood poverty in an age when income inequality is increasing and social mobility is declining.
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Add risk factors for learning disabilities and the deck is so against these kids. If only we had the political backbone to tackle the real issues.

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What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-dyslexia-kelli-sandman-hurley Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't ...
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A well done animated short video on dyslexia.  Worth watching and giving to those families that are impacted.

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What Is Dyslexia? | Difficulties Reading

What Is Dyslexia? | Difficulties Reading | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
What Is dyslexia? | Reading Disability - A dyslexic person may have difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and maybe even speaking.
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Always good resources from NCLD

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http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Overcoming-Dyslexia-Finding-Pas

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Some insight about the emotional toll of a specific learning disability. 

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When Will We Ever Learn

When Will We Ever Learn | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Dissecting The Common Core State Standards with Dr. Louisa Moats
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Diane Ravitch blog (wp.me/p2odLa-87w) features excerpts from the interview in Psychology Today featuring Louisa Moats.  I think it is worthwhile to read the original interview in its entirety to understand her criticisms and concerns of the CCSS as it relates to students with learning disabilities.    

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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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