Learning Differences

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Getting Your Kiddo to Speak Up: Self-Advocacy with Seth Perler

Download and listen to Episode 12 (This is a Google Drive file) My son’s math teacher created a new system for homework submission. It requires him to take pictures of his homework and upload it to an app with the title of the homework. Seems simple enough right?...

5 Overlooked Organizing Strategies for Teens

Download and Listen to Episode 10 (This is a Google Drive file) One of my favorite shows is The Middle on ABC as they seem to have the pulse on what it's like to live in most American homes these days.  A good friend of mine once told me, "Sometimes it hits too close...

Conquer Disorganization and Homework Angst This Year

| This post contains affiliate links | Download and Listen to Episode 9 (This is a Google Drive file) UPDATE 8/8/18:  We are getting ready for back to school and I chatted with each of my boys about their system they used.  Both boys said they want to keep using the...

12 Surprising Study and Test Skills for Middle and High Schoolers

Download and Listen to Episode 6 (This is a Google Drive file) Ugh....Study skills and test prep.  I know it's important to teach my son.  Often I neglect to think about the long term effect of not teaching this life skill.  To motivate me more, I like to think of the...

What is Academic Wounding and How to Heal

Download and Listen to Episode 2 (This is a Google Drive file) Out of the corner of my eye I could see her small frame shrinking. She looked down and twirled her pencil in both hands. We had been working on a math problem about fractions for some time. A frustrated...

When to Worry About Grades

Download and Listen to Episode 1 (This is a Google Drive file)   During the middle school open house, I was nervous as I stood in line waiting to speak to my son’s teachers. Each teacher had very similar things to say about my son, he was letting just little...

What to Do When Khan Academy is NOT Helping

Most of my students have major issues with online learning in general. Especially Khan Academy. I always tell them, “For a free teacher, it is amazing! But, you get what you pay for.” Khan Academy was really the first to empower online learning. I will tell you the...

Sloppy Handwriting

Sloppy handwriting and math can be a huge problem that students deal with. For some students, they may confuse a four with a nine or even the letter H.  Here are a couple of tips to help make math a little bit easier for students with sloppy handwriting. Use graph...