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Why “Grit” Sometimes Doesn’t Cut It

Written by Eagle Hill School

You’ve probably heard the term “grit” thrown around a lot recently in relation to teaching and raising successful students. Grit is the new buzzword, synonymous with perseverance, passion, happiness, and success. But, it might not cut it for students with learning disabilities.

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Why Learning Shouldn’t Stop when Summer Starts

Written by Eagle Hill School

For students with learning disabilities, making progress in the classroom is typically challenging. Further, keeping that momentum up over the weeks and semesters of the school year can seem like an almost impossible task. Imagine, then, how difficult it must be for a child who struggles with a learning difference to retain during the summer all the information he or she has learned throughout the year.

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PREVENTING SUMMER ACADEMIC REGRESSION

Written by Dana Harbert Director of Admissions at Eagle Hill School

July is an Investment in September

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Learning to Live with Dyslexia

Written by Eagle Hill School

Dyslexia is the most notorious of all the learning disabilitiesperhaps because of how frustrating it can be to live with it. That isn’t to say that other learning disabilities, such as ADD, aren’t equally challenging, but dyslexia presents a unique set of challenges.

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Levels of Support Available in College for Students with Learning Disabilities

Written by Jed Geary Director of College Counseling at Eagle Hill School

Every college is unique. This is why you will hear college counselors, this one included, talk about the importance of finding the right fit. Part of their uniqueness includes how they offer academic support. Some colleges will offer accommodations for classroom/lecture hall environments and testing situations while others will offer a varying amount of tutoring. The tutoring may be offered by peers who scored well in last year's class or had up to 14 hours of tutor training while other schools may offer professional tutors who have master's degrees. Some colleges have tutoring that is centralized within a learning center and others have tutoring run through the academic departments.

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Mindfulness and Learning Differences

Written by Eagle Hill School

As education continues to evolve, becoming ever more competitive and fast-paced, our framework as educators must evolve along with it. Equally as important as ensuring solid educational foundations is the challenge of building healthy, lasting habits.

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Unlocking the Adjacent Possible In The Studio Space: Some Thoughts on Making Spaces for Our Students to Achieve Academic Success

Written by Dr. Matthew Kim Editor of Learning Diversity Matthew Kim teaches composition and is cochair of the English Department at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Massachusetts. He received his PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University, where he studied writing studio pedagogy with Professor James Kalmbach. He received his MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University, where he studied digital literacies with Professors Cynthia and Richard Selfe. At Michigan Tech, Matthew helped create and sustain sites of literacy instruction for college faculty and K-12 teachers. In 2004, Matthew received the NCTE ACE award for his research on the intersections of digital literacies and learning disabilities. In 2010, he received the Maurice Scharton award at Illinois State University for his community literacy project with students involved in the Community Colleges for International Development program. Along with teaching writers’ workshops, college writing, and technical communication, Matthew directs the Central Massachusetts Writing Collaborative, which is an organization he created in 2013 to bring innovative, fun writing programming to public school students in grades 6-12 and professional development workshops on writing studio pedagogy to public school teachers.

Over the last year, I have traveled across the United States touring studio spaces and makerspaces in high schools, colleges and universities, and community literacy centers. The objective in my traveling was to meet students and teachers and community leaders working with a variety of media in preparation to help lead our own school toward designing a new innovative, student-centered learning space. While each space I visited proudly showcased a variety of technologies, including 3D printers, laser cutters, cardboard, cubelets, raspberry pi, and more LEGOs than one person could ever count, the common thread among these spaces is the teachers and facilitators implement a pedagogy that advocates for the adjacent possible. The learning diversity model with which we approach teaching and learning at Eagle Hill emphasizes the adjacent possible both in and outside of the classroom as we purposefully engage our students and faculty in conversations and activities that move us toward recognizing and acting upon new ideas.

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Don’t Stress It – How Too Much Stress Can Affect Learning

Written by Eagle Hill School

Stress is, unfortunately, a part of everyday life—we all experience it. Whether at our jobs, during our commute, or trying to plan a big trip, stress is a natural element in our lives. It’s no different for children in school, and this is particularly true for children who struggle with learning disabilities.

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How College Academic Support Differs from High School

Written by Jed Geary Director of College Counseling at Eagle Hill School

It is important to understand that two different laws govern the assistance that students with learning disabilities receive in high school versus college. In high school, students with learning disabilities are covered under the federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). There is no special education at the college level. When students matriculate to college, they are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are significant differences for what this means for students. The link below is an excellent resource outlining the most significant of these:

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Beyond the Beanbag: Residence Life Programming and Why it Matters

Written by Natalie Mays Resident Counselor at Eagle Hill School

As the 3:11 bell rings and the last class is dismissed for the day, most students look forward to an activity-filled afternoon with friends, sports, and the moments that will become lifetime memories. What they may not realize, however, is that when the school day ends, programming has been carefully crafted to provide for their continued learning for the remainder of the day.

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What is Learning Diversity about?

Learning Diversity is a blog hosted by Eagle Hill School where educators, students, and other members of the LD community regularly contribute posts and critical essays about learning and living in spaces that privilege the inevitability of human diversity.

The contributors of Learning Diversity come together to engage our readers from a variety of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences and mathematics, athletics, and residential life. Embracing learning diversity means understanding and respecting our students as whole persons.

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