Every year after Labor Day, the admission office starts to get busy with families interested in having their sons or daughters attend boarding school. Oftentimes we receive calls or emails from parents wondering about the admission process, what their child should wear when he or she visits, and what the interview will be like, and we are, of course, happy to help parents with these questions.
Inspired by the game Settlers of Catan, I constructed a game-world that requires using math as the players manage their crops, livestock, natural resources, and defenses. Thus was born, Skellig, in which each player manages an island—or skellig, using an Irish word for rocky island.
It’s that time of the year again – purchasing school supplies, items for dorm rooms, clothes, and stockpiling food for the first day on campus. While all of this can be overwhelming at first, especially for parents of first time boarders, a detailed list will be your best friend in keeping organized and making sure that nothing is missed.
Today’s world offers more technological tools for students than ever before. In harnessing the power of these new tools, students with learning disabilities can capitalize on their unique strengths and abilities and reach their educational goals. This article will discuss helpful technology for your child or student and suggest ways to integrate these tools into your child’s educational approach.
Leadership is a popular subject. We read about it through the lens of business and commerce, sports, medicine, and lately most prominently in politics. But what makes a leader? When we consider this question in the context of education, we sometimes tend to think about our educators and administration, but some of the biggest leaders are the students in the classroom. If we want to instill future leadership, the way to do that is through our students and children.
Students of mine who have great difficulty with algebra have little problem solving the puzzle below, which uses pictures of food instead of standard variables (i.e., x, y, and z). (The solution is at the end of this blog.) Further, two of my current summer students are a 3rd grader and a 4th grader and they can also solve the food puzzle below, even though they are at least two years away from studying algebraic equations in school.
We often think of students who have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), as students who have a learning disability. While it is true that these children may learn differently than others, viewing this difference as a dis-ability is a mistake.
Although school is over, that doesn’t mean the learning needs to or should stop. Keeping your child engaged over the summer and maintaining the momentum and progress made during the school year is one of the most crucial things you can do as a parent of a child with a learning disability.
In “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?,” Frans de Waal discusses how the study of animal cognition is recently breaking free of lumping diverse animals into one category and judging them on one dimension of intelligence. Before this recent shift, researchers would often give the same puzzles to diverse species without any accommodations. For example, chimps easily use long sticks to reach up for elevated food, but elephants do not. Are chimps therefore smarter than elephants? Not if you notice that an elephant does not pick up sticks with the tip of its trunk because the stick would block its nasal passage. Replace the stick with a sturdy box and the elephant will kick the box into position so it can stand on it to retrieve the food.
Teaching isn't easy; it's a challenge for every educator, administrator, and parent out there. The usual difficulties are only compounded when trying to teach a child with a learning disability, or a learning difference. Learning differences not only require us to think about re-framing our approach in the classroom, but also to rethink how parents and school systems play into supporting these children, holistically. When considering the best way to help educate a child with a learning disability, we should consider our schools, teachers, and home environment.