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Parenting and Learning Issues

Each child learns differently. Here we offer resources on learning styles and the classroom models that support them, expert advice on how to improve learning, and tips on parental involvement.

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Understanding ADHD in Children: Signs, Diagnosis, and Support Strategies

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Understanding ADHD in Children: Signs, Diagnosis, and Support Strategies
This comprehensive article explores the complex nature of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, providing insights into its symptoms, diagnosis process, and effective support strategies. From recognizing early signs to navigating the diagnostic journey, parents will gain valuable knowledge to help their child thrive. Expert insights, real-life examples, and practical tips empower readers to create a supportive environment that meets the unique needs of children with ADHD.
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Attention Deficit Disorder is a common disorder that afflicts both children and adults. I have taught children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. I also have managed adult employees who had ADHD as well. So, here are the questions I would ask if I thought my child might have Attention Deficit Disorder.

Disclaimer: I have researched answers to these questions that link to or refer back to authoritative sources. However, I am not a healthcare professional. So, always consult a healthcare professional with your specific concerns and questions.

How do you define Attention Deficit Disorder?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of , , and that interfere with daily functioning and development.

According to the American Psychiatric Association's , there are three main subtypes of ADHD:

Inattentive presentation

In this presentation, symptoms of inattention are looked for, such as difficulty paying attention, being easily distracted, and frequently making careless mistakes in their schoolwork or other activities.

Hyperactive-impulsive presentation

In this presentation, children will display symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity, such as fidgeting, excessive talking, difficulty waiting for their turn, and interrupting others.

Combined presentation

In this subtype, children display symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.

This video offers an overview of ADHD in children.

What are the signs

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Demystifying IEPs

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Demystifying IEPs
Unlock the power of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in this comprehensive guide. Discover how IEPs support students with diverse needs, including behavioral challenges. This article is a must-read for parents navigating the education system and aspiring teachers seeking to make a positive impact.

have been a game-changer in education, offering tailored support to students with a wide range of special needs. From students with learning disabilities to those struggling with behavior, IEPs have played a pivotal role in ensuring every child receives a quality education. This guide will demystify IEPs and explore how they benefit students, especially those facing behavioral challenges.

Understanding the Origin of IEPs

The roots of IEPs can be traced back to the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, now known as the , signed into law in 1975. This groundbreaking legislation mandated that students with disabilities, including those with behavioral challenges, have the right to a free and appropriate public education tailored to their unique needs. The development of IEPs was a critical component of this law, ensuring that students received individualized support plans to help them succeed academically and behaviorally.

In special education, there's too much emphasis on the deficit and not enough on the strength.

Temple Grandin

The IEP Basics: What Parents Need to Know

For parents, understanding the basics of IEPs is essential. An IEP is a legally binding document that outlines a student's unique learning and support needs and the services and accommodations they will receive. It's a roadmap to success, customized to each child. The IEP process typically involves assessment, goal setting, and regular review meetings.

This video explains what an IEP is.

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Preparing for a Successful 'Back to School'

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Preparing for a Successful 'Back to School'
A one-stop guide for parents navigating the 'back to school' season, providing practical and effective strategies tailored to every grade level - from pre-K to high school.

The start of a new school year can bring a mix of emotions for parents and children - from excitement and anticipation to anxiety and fear of the unknown. It's also a time when parents have to buy school supplies, clothes, uniforms, smart devices, and more. This article, however, will focus on the transition from being away from school to resuming the structured routine that is the essence of a public school education.

With some preparation, navigating this transition smoothly and setting your child up for success in their new grade is possible. Here's how to tackle the 'back to school' season, regardless of your child's grade level or family's circumstances.

With fears and potential adaptations still ahead for parents and children, return to school is always a time when parents and teachers revisit what is important for children and how to best support their positive development. Marilyn Price-Mitchell

PK-Kindergarten

Building a Routine

For many children, starting pre-K or kindergarten is their first taste of a structured daily routine. Establishing and practicing routines - like a consistent bedtime and a morning routine that includes getting dressed, brushing teeth, and eating breakfast - can help your child adjust more easily to the school day. Creating a visual schedule or using alarms and reminders can be valuable in maintaining consistency for families with single parents or busy schedules.

Reading Readiness

Strengthening pre-literacy skills can set the foundation for academic success. Simple activities like reading to your child daily, practicing

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The Evolving Role of Interim Assessments

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The Evolving Role of Interim Assessments
Explore the often-overlooked tool in K-12 education - interim assessments. Understand what they are, their importance, and how they can enhance your child's learning experience. Dive into real-world case studies and find out how technology is changing the game. This informative, parent-friendly article aims to shed light on the value of these assessments in today's educational landscape.

Let's talk about school tests. Remember those pop quizzes, final exams, and everything in between? Today, I'd like to introduce you to a type of assessment you may need to learn about - . In an ever-evolving education landscape, these play a crucial role.

Understanding Interim Assessments

Interim assessments are like temperature checks for learning. They happen a few times throughout the school year, helping teachers gauge where students are in their learning process. Unlike the pop quizzes (formative assessments) that check daily learning or the end-of-year exams (summative assessments) that measure what a student has learned, interim assessments sit snugly in between. These can be benchmarks to compare student learning against standards, diagnostics to pinpoint specific gaps, or progress monitoring tests to see how well a student is advancing in their learning journey.

The Importance of Interim Assessments

Think of your child's learning journey as a road trip. You wouldn't want to drive across the country without a GPS or roadmap, right? Interim assessments are like GPS, providing regular updates on where the students are and helping teachers navigate the teaching process more effectively. They allow teachers to adapt their instruction to meet your child's needs. As a parent, they give you a more nuanced understanding of your child's progress beyond the report cards and parent-teacher meetings.

This video shows the approach to planning interim assessment tests that the Connecticut Department of Education takes.

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Overcoming Common Reading Difficulties

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Overcoming Common Reading Difficulties
Follow the story of Sarah, a fictional character who overcame common reading difficulties with the help of the three cueing system. This blog post explores the advantages and disadvantages of the three cueing system and provides strategies for implementing it effectively.

Learning to read can be a challenging task for many children. Some children may struggle with decoding words, while others may have trouble with comprehension. Luckily, there are effective methods for teaching reading, such as the three-cueing system.

Sarah's Story

In this blog post, we will follow the fictional story of a young girl named Sarah, who overcame common reading difficulties with the help of the three cueing system. Sarah was a bright and curious child who loved to explore the world around her. However, when it came to reading, she struggled. She would often get frustrated when she couldn't decode a word or understand the meaning of a sentence. Finally, her parents and teachers noticed her difficulties and decided to seek help.

The Struggle to Read

Sarah's journey to learning to read was not an easy one. She struggled with decoding words and often guessed the meaning of sentences based on the context. Her parents and teachers tried various methods to help her, but nothing worked. As a result, Sarah became increasingly frustrated and started to lose confidence in herself. However, things began to change when Sarah's teacher introduced her to the three-cueing system.

A reading expert explains how we can help struggling readers.

The Three Cueing System

Sarah's teacher explained that the three cueing system was a method of teaching reading that focused on three types of cues: meaning, structure, and

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Understanding ADHD in Children: Signs, Diagnosis, and Support Strategies
Understanding ADHD in Children: Signs, Diagnosis, and Support Strategies
This comprehensive article explores the complex nature of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, providing insights into its symptoms, diagnosis process, and effective support strategies. From recognizing early signs to navigating the diagnostic journey, parents will gain valuable knowledge to help their child thrive. Expert insights, real-life examples, and practical tips empower readers to create a supportive environment that meets the unique needs of children with ADHD.
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Parenting and Learning Issues

10 Reasons Why High School Sports Benefit Students
10 Reasons Why High School Sports Benefit Students
How the Arts Benefit Your Children Academically and Behaviorally
How the Arts Benefit Your Children Academically and Behaviorally
Inclusion or Exclusion?  The ESL Education Debate
Inclusion or Exclusion? The ESL Education Debate
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT FROM K-12
Learn how direct involvement in your child’s education can impact school performance. Get expert advice on how to get involved, learn why and when you need to talk to a teacher and ways to make changes on campus.
The Pros and Cons of Sports for Middle School Students
The Pros and Cons of Sports for Middle School Students
Parental Involvement is Key to Student Success
Parental Involvement is Key to Student Success
Are Public School Students Prepared for the “Real World?”
Are Public School Students Prepared for the “Real World?”
BULLYING
An overview of bullying in schools, laws to protect students, and the impact on education. This section provides great tips on protecting your child from being bullied or becoming a bully. Learn about the latest anti-bullying laws and see how cyber-bullying effects your child’s school performance.
How Does Bullying Affect a Student’s Academic Performance?
How Does Bullying Affect a Student’s Academic Performance?
10 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Bullying at School
10 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Bullying at School
Public Schools and Bullying: The Issues and the Solutions
Public Schools and Bullying: The Issues and the Solutions
TYPES OF LEARNING
What type of learner is your child? Be in the know about different types of learning and which classrooms are best suited for each type. What is project-based learning? Cooperative Learning? Would your child benefit from a blended learning experience? Explore these teaching techniques and learn how they could improve your child’s performance.
The Current State of Special Education in the U.S.
The Current State of Special Education in the U.S.
Cooperative Learning
Cooperative Learning
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Sports: Female Wrestling
KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY ISSUES
Weigh the pros and cons of preschool, full day kindergarten and other issues affecting our youngest learners. Learn what can be done to help your child prepare to enter school, boost confidence, and encourage reading at the grade school level.
Should Sixth Grade Be in Elementary School or Middle School?
Should Sixth Grade Be in Elementary School or Middle School?
Elementary School: Dealing With Behavioral Issues
Elementary School: Dealing With Behavioral Issues
Pros and Cons of Public Preschool: The Debate
Pros and Cons of Public Preschool: The Debate
HIGH SCHOOL ISSUES
Learn more about issues specific to high school students. Get an overview of high school graduation rates, college readiness, career choice and social issues impacting teenagers in public schools.
Pros and Cons of Sports Competition at the High School Level
Pros and Cons of Sports Competition at the High School Level
How to Earn Your Associate’s Degree Before Graduating from High School
How to Earn Your Associate’s Degree Before Graduating from High School
Decreasing Public High School Elective Programs
Decreasing Public High School Elective Programs