Routines and Habits
Yearlong resolutions may be hard to keep, but a new year does offer an opportunity to consider how particular routines and habits can benefit your school-age children and your family!
The basics of parenting a child with ADHD integrate the best of the research with the realities of busy households. Consider using this framework recommended by Dr. Mark Bertin, a renowned developmental pediatrician. His nine considerations may help contribute to a smooth-running home and a calmer family setting.
Students who have learning disabilities and weaknesses in executive function frequently struggle to keep track of the tools they need for schoolwork. Notebooks, handouts, homework — even pencils and pens — seem to vanish. Learn more about one teacher's suggestion for a Master Filing System to help students keep it together.
Calm. Relaxed. Smiling. Words seldom heard when parents describe the morning routine on school days. No one wants to start their day in a frenzied mess of untied shoes and breakfast in hand as the school bus approaches. Follow these five short recommendations for smoothing out those rough mornings.
Question: What software can help students keep track of deadlines and organize their work to send it in on time?
Answer: Keeping track of multiple assignments can be a challenge for many middle and high school students. As students enter the higher grades, having a different teacher for each class can make staying on top of assignments and quizzes difficult.
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The ability to observe yourself and know when you are doing an activity according to a standard. For example, knowing if you do or do not understand what you are reading or knowing whether your voice tone is appropriate for the circumstances.
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Based on Lois Brown Easton's experience working with disengaged learners, this insightful resource helps educators make positive connections with youngsters of all ages who are at risk of failing or dropping out. Featuring the voices of educators and students, this invaluable text covers methods for improving the school-wide climate in ways that support all students and for creating a learning environment that promotes academic, personal, and social growth.
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Research and News
Dyslexia makes reading and spelling difficult. A recent study reported in Science analyzed whether the internal references for word sounds are poorly constructed in adult readers with dyslexia or whether accessing those references is abnormally difficult. Brain imaging during phonetic discrimination tasks suggested that the internal dictionary for word sounds was correct, but accessing the dictionary was more difficult than normal.
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The evidence is mounting that use of artificial light from energy-efficient lamps and computer and mobile-electronics screens later and later in the day can lead to significant sleep problems for adults and, particularly, children. While lights and electronic devices that mimic daylight can improve students' attention and alertness if used during normal daytime hours, Dr. Charles A. Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, has found exposure in the late afternoon and evening can disrupt sleep cycles as much as six to eight hours — the same amount of "jet lag" caused by a flight from New York City to Honolulu.
Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets, and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it's a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn't going away, but if students don't learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they'll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area.