September 2010

What Is A 504 Plan?

by Queenie on September 30, 2010

Tweet This month Tandem Teaching is dealing with all the in’s and out’s as it pertains to special education programs, resources and scenarios that pop up at home and in the classroom. As a parent it is especially important for you to be aware of your rights and the privileges provided to your if they […]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Melissa on September 29, 2010

Tweet Good teachers and parents are kind of like good comedians. This is how you can sniff them out. Good teachers and parents: “. . . want you to listen and pay attention, because they want you to relate, because they want you to think, because they want you to get angry, because they want […]

Tweet I met with a mother a few days ago to discuss how her daughter was progressing. Her daughter had been “diagnosed” with ADHD and an auditory processing disorder. Her previous school was making weekly (sometimes daily!) phone calls to report on the “problem child.” That mother seemed to be carrying the weight of the […]

Tweet “This is why depression rates in kids are skyrocketing!” I thought yesterday. While searching for a wireless router at Best Buy I had gotten lost in the video game section. It blew my mind. The graphics are fantastic, to the point where the opponents and challenges seem completely realistic. I’ve seen them all before, […]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Melissa on September 22, 2010

Tweet It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. -Albert Einstein

Tweet Has your kid ever come home, tears welling up in their eyes, holding out a test they failed, feeling totally bewildered as to why they failed it? Have you felt baffled, knowing they knew the material inside and out, wondering why they couldn’t perform? Many people suffer from test anxiety, and man oh man […]

Tweet We are living in a great age of what Dr. Mary Pipher call “peer culture.” Unfortunately, this is the time where your child’s every decision hinges upon the ‘great’ knowledge of their friends. Essentially, the very essence of who they are is being shaped and molded by what their friends validate. Dr. Pipher says that […]

Tweet Educators and architects preserve children’s freedom.-Amelia Gambetti. (Villetta School- Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Tweet When I was growing up, I wasn’t good at any of three R’s. I was slow to read. My writing was atrocious and my arithmetic even worse. I never got high marks or recognition for any of the core academic areas. I just wasn’t smart like that. What I was good at was being […]

Tweet The emails and phone calls I received from clients and friends after last week’s post  inspired me. Many of you were worried about the fact that sometimes children over-associate with them, and assume their challenges are the same as the ones they see their parents struggle with. Throughout my years of teaching, I’ve begun […]