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Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019
By Regina G. Richards This is the first installment of a multi-part series about helping children manage homework. The second post covers strategies, organization, and dealing with fatigue, and the third motivation and tools. This article...
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Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019
By Donell Pons When my son was in second grade, it became apparent he was not going to read without serious intervention.  His speech was not delayed, but he was completely unaware of rhyme, the sound-to-letter relationship eluded him, and almost...
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Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  By Donna J. Sullivan, M.A. What a surprise it was to learn that controversy regarding the teaching of beginning reading is still alive and well!  Specifically, I recently learned that what is known as the whole language philosophy is still...

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LEARNING

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Posted by by Danika McClure on Thursday, July 28, 2016
"Learning in an online environment is quite the adjustment if you've never experienced the platform before." Distance learning is a trend that has rapidly expanded in recent years. Reports by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System...
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Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015
Submitted by Caleb Koufman When most people imagine the extracurriculars offered at a school for students with language-based learning disabilities​, such as dyslexia​, debate club is usually not among them. Just like any presumptions about their...
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Tristan Whitehouse Not all classrooms need walls — or proper floors for that matter. What they do need is people willing to learn together through exploration. Over the past decade, outdoor education programs have grown in prevalence throughout...

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LEARNING DISABILITIES

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Posted by Bob Broudo, Headmaster Landmark School on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Part One of a Five-Part Series, What Is a Language-Based Learning Disability? We KNOW that the awareness of dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD) began around 1900 with observations of children who appeared “normal” and could...
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Posted by By Natalie Tamburello on Thursday, August 17, 2017
When you think about social movements that you learned about growing up, what do you remember? What do you see in your mind’s eye? For a moment, reflect on your experience when you learned about the civil rights movement. Were you sitting at your...
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Posted by By Brooke Williams on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Being dyslexic is part of who I am. I don't hide it or neglect it. I embrace it. The academic life people with language-based learning disabilities endure and how we fight back. In second grade, I started to realize I was a pretty bad reader....

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SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
TOPICS

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Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Submitted by Donna Hicks, Ph.D. It was pouring down rain on Friday June 7 — graduation day for the class of 2013 at Landmark High School in Beverly, MA.  This was no ordinary graduation, and the rain did not put a damper on the joy that infused...
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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Submitted by Donna Hicks, Ph.D. After working in the field of international conflict resolution for nearly 20 years, I decided to take some time off in order to write about what I felt was a missing link in our understanding of conflict. No matter...
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Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013
Submitted by: Jane B. Ross Anxiety is a feeling of fear.  Anxiety is a common response to ambiguity; when we don’t know what’s happening or we don’t know how to respond.  Anxiety is nature’s way of helping us deal with difficult situations. This...

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COLLEGE PREP

TEACHING

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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Submitted by Amy Ruocco We are all faced with challenges in life, but how successfully we navigate through those challenges largely depends on how capable we view ourselves to be. Dyslexic children learn fairly early on that their peers are able...
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Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013
Submitted by Ariel Martin-Cone  I was asked to write this blog piece about teaching tolerance, but I want to start by changing some vocabulary. Teaching tolerance promotes that idea that you just need to put up with something you don't particularly...
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Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Submitted by Bill Barrett Although it is almost 16 years ago, I can still remember the feeling I had entering my first public school teaching job.  I was hired to teach four sections of 9th grade Civics classes and one section of an 11th grade...

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