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Technology assistance tips for students with Learning Disabilities

Written by Eagle Hill School

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.

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How Students Can Become Leaders Inside and Outside the Classroom

Written by Eagle Hill School

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.

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Emoji Algebra is More Intuitive than Standard Algebra

Written by Dr. Tony McCaffrey Teacher at Eagle Hill School

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.

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Harnessing ADHD – The Power of ADHD in The Classroom

Written by Eagle Hill 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.

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School’s Out! Set Your Child Up for a Successful Summer

Written by Eagle Hill School

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.

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“Are Schools Smart Enough to Know How Smart Students Are?”

Written by Dr. Tony McCaffrey Teacher at Eagle Hill School

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.

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Getting Through – Teaching a Child With a Learning Disability

Written by Eagle Hill School

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. 

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Dyslexia: Not a “One Size Fits All”

Written by Eagle Hill School

Dyslexia has become the hallmark term for learning disabilities – it’s often mistakenly used to describe any sort of learning issue. Not only is this a false representation of the spectrum of learning disabilities and differences, it also doesn’t do justice to the variety of dyslexia that exists.

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Tips to improve reading skills in Students with Dyslexia

Written by Nancy Martin Teacher at Eagle Hill School

Convincing Students to Read More through Independent Reading

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How to Make Math Fun for Students Who Struggle with Learning Disabilities

Written by Dr. Tony McCaffrey Teacher at Eagle Hill School

“Spy Hacking” Game Brings Algebra to Life

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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 even residential life. Embracing learning diversity means understanding and respecting our students as whole persons.

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