The LD Source
Dec. 18, 2014

Common sense for the Common Core
Scholastic Administrator
Regie Routman, an author for Scholastic Administrator, writes: "As a mentor teacher, leader and coach who has been working in diverse classrooms and schools for more than four decades, I've learned that no matter what reforms, standards, or new programs come along, literacy achievement gains tend to be fleeting. Here's what I've observed over and over: Without administrators who have a solid knowledge of effective literacy instruction, schools wind up focusing on implementation of isolated skills and/or standards with the hope that all the parts will add up to something meaningful."More

Why active listening should be an integral part of the daily lesson plan
By: Shirley Veldhuis
Seeing students remain at Tier II interventions for a long period of time was once a big concern of mine. The students could read words fluently but could not comprehend proficiently. The reading gap never closed. What was the cause? Was something missing from Tier I core instruction? The answer came a year after I retired when I began to volunteer with a group of third-grade girls at a children's summer program in northwest Detroit.More

Helping students with learning disabilities transition to college
THE Journal
As an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist for Florida's Alachua County Public Schools, Elisa Wern works with students who have various learning disabilities — such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or a lack of executive functioning — every day. Assistive technology "plays a critical role" in these students' success, Wern said. Students with a documented learning disability are eligible for a variety of supports and services, and Wern collaborates with each student's individualized education program team to identify the accommodations he or she needs to be successful. More

Gifted and dyslexic: Twice exceptional
Reading Today Online
Kelli Sandman-Hurley, a contributor for Reading Today Online, writes: "I would like to introduce you to Jennifer. Jennifer is in the eighth grade and earning good grades — no, she is getting great grades. According to her teachers she is a nice, compliant, intelligent student who is just a little on the quiet side. Her ideas are complex and interesting and she always wants to do her best."More

How can we help children with ADHD control their aggression?
Healthline News
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in children in the United States. In fact, about 11 percent, or 6.4 million children, ages 4 to 7, have ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children with ADHD have trouble sustaining attention. They are overly active and they may act impulsively. What's more, they may act aggressive, angry, and defiant. But parents and teachers can manage this aggression without relying solely on medications.More

How 'deprogramming' kids from how to 'do school' could improve learning
MindShift
One day, Adam Holman decided he was fed up with trying to cram knowledge into the brains of the high school students he taught. They weren't grasping the physics he was teaching at the level he knew they were capable of, so he decided to change up his teaching style. It wasn't that his students didn't care about achieving — he taught at high performing, affluent schools where students knew they needed high grades to get into good colleges. They argued for every point to make sure their grades were as high as possible, but were they learning?More

Big drop in students being held back, but why?
NPR
The question of when or whether it's appropriate to hold a child back in school is a heated one among teachers, parents and even politicians. And a new study is adding some kindling to the debate. Researchers found that the rate at which kids are held back — in education circles it's called "grade retention" — has dropped dramatically. From 1995 to 2005, the overall retention rate hovered near 3 percent. But, from 2005 to 2010 it fell to 1.5 percent.More

Connecting SEL and the Common Core
Edutopia
Maurice Elias, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "In the November 2014 issue of Phi Delta Kappan, I wrote an article on how social-emotional skills can boost implementation of the Common Core. I want to share two key points from that article in this blog post and also in my next one. In this post, I focus on how the Common Core has an implicit dependence on SEL-related pedagogy. In the next blog post, I will focus on the key area of emotion vocabulary and its role in academic and interpersonal success."More

Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?
The Hechinger Report
The Common Core wasn't necessarily supposed to change how math is taught, but in many schools that's exactly what's happening. Many — some might argue most — American math teachers once followed a simple format: Explain a formula to the class, show an example on the board, then let students practice on worksheets.More

Even in our digital age, early parental writing support is key to children's literacy
American Friends of Tel Aviv University via Science Daily
Children of the information age are inundated with written words streaming across smartphone, tablet and laptop screens. A new study says that preschoolers should be encouraged to write at a young age — even before they make their first step into a classroom.More