When I first headed off for boarding school, I had the distinct feeling that I was being “shipped away.” I had read Roald Dahl’s books that detailed his many stories of strict parochial boarding schools, heard accounts from friends about these being places where “the bad kids went,” and generally understood it to be a punishment of some sort.
No parent is thrilled to hear that their child has a learning disability. At first blush this means a few things: my child will struggle more than others… my child will always be behind… my child is in for a difficult life.
It is commonly understood that exercise can benefit us all. From cardiac to cognitive benefits, it is almost universally accepted that “working out” is good for us. This same logic applies to students and individuals who struggle with learning disabilities ranging from common disabilities to more involved learning profiles.
Most students do not think of mathematicians as being creative. Math was created long ago, so their story goes. Geometry was created 2,300 years ago; Algebra 1,200 year ago; and Calculus 350 years ago. No math has been created since long ago, they speculate.
If you’re a parent looking for the right fit in an independent school, then you might want to give an extra look at any school with an IB program. I say this not only to parents with ambitious straight A students, but to parents in general looking for a quality learning community.
Getting into college is more difficult and more competitive than ever. The process has become increasingly complicated, stressful, and even emotionally taxing for both students and parents. However, like anything, being prepared and well equipped can greatly help smooth the process.
Many of these tips can be applied to all students applying to college; however, there are a few tips that are specific to students diagnosed with a specific learning disability.
Every year we set resolutions for the new year. It’s not uncommon to see hordes of people hitting the gym, getting into the office early, or taking on other new challenges. Unfortunately, most of these bursts of action are short-lived, and this is mostly because people don’t have a solid plan in place to keep them on track.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… the holidays are in full swing, family is gathering for festive fun, cheer is in the air… and your kids are home from boarding school? Now, we know that everyone misses their children when they’re off at school, but the reality is that having them home for a few weeks can be quite the adjustment.
Many people only vaguely familiar with the IB Diploma Program might describe it as a prestigious and rigorous course of study, well respected but demanding, the kind of thing that makes high school juniors and seniors pull out their prematurely graying hair. What they might not know is that IB is committed to making its programs accessible to the widest range of students. A whole range of accommodations are available to students with learning (dis)abilities. And, most importantly, the program is wonderfully flexible, leaving day-to-day pedagogical decisions and instructional methods to the discretion of the teacher in the classroom.