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by klmiller posted 5 years 1 month ago to Parent Involvement
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Too often children and parents experience dissatisfaction and disillusionment in the educational process.  Parents can feel frustrated in their efforts to help their child succeed.  How can parents help their child be successful and find joy in learning?  Parents can help their children thrive in school, and in life, by having realistic expectations of their children’s... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 1 month ago to Special Education
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Max had dreamed of going to college ever since his father told him, “Everyone in our family goes to college.” Max related well to people. They trusted him. He had a head for business. His manner inspired confidence. Max wanted to major in business. But, in order to be admitted to business college, he needed to pass a statistics class. Max began to have problems in math in first grade... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 1 month ago to Parent Involvement
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Concerned parents frequently ask how they can help their children become smarter, more successful learners. The surprising news is that research in the area of human emotions provides a blueprint for the kinds of parenting techniques that increase children’s intelligence! Because of the way the brain is wired, emotional states run our lives, whether we like it or not. Emotional states are... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 1 month ago to Special Education
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It was a hot, sticky afternoon in Mrs. Hall’s 5th grade classroom.  The students were sleepy and Mrs. Hall was convinced they weren’t paying attention.  Mrs. Hall knew that listening is an active, conscious process that has a huge impact on learning.  She realized there were strategies she could use to wake up the students’ brains, interest and ability to listen.... continue reading

by gadgeteer posted 5 years 1 month ago to Oral Language
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by gadgeteer posted 5 years 1 month ago to Social Studies
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     Debating current issues is a great way to develop a student’s critical thinking skills and maximize student participation in the classroom.  Successful debates involve the selection of audience centered topics.  In preparation for the debates students utilize research from library databases and the internet.  On the day of the debate students should... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 1 month ago to ADD and ADHD
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Individuals with ADHD and ADD often have difficulty with Executive Skills, also called Executive Functions. These are the skills that help us manage and direct our lives. They are analogous to the activities that an executive engages in to manage and direct a company or business. Executive skills allow us to plan and organize our behavior, make well-considered decisions, overrule immediate... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 1 month ago to Special Education
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Children who live with failure experience negative feelings such as shame, isolation, and anger. These students need guidance to develop personal skills that support their success. According to research conducted by the Frostig Center in Pasadena, six personal attributes form the core characteristics that contribute to success for special needs students. Successful individuals do not... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 1 month ago to Parent Involvement
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Children with special learning needs have experienced more failure and disappointment than other children.  Parenting children with special learning needs can be difficult, and calls forth from their parents an extra measure of care in “planting the seeds of greatness.” Seeds of “greatness” grow into strong, confident children—skilled learners who make bold... continue reading

by klmiller posted 5 years 1 month ago to ADD and ADHD
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One meaning of the term “bracketing” is “to place within.” This concept of “placing within” is a helpful strategy that students and adults can use to identify and appropriately deal with distracting thoughts. In stage one, students decide whether their current thoughts are appropriate for the task at hand. If they are not, students can bracket them in stage two... continue reading

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