Learning Styles

Tweet As a teacher I’m not a big fan of homework. I know its a big, bold statement but I remember  all the times when my teachers gave me useless homework assignments. The job of the assignment was to keep me busy, not to get me thinking. The Weekly Thought this week had to do […]

Tweet You sent in your request. Your kiddo’s been assessed. You’ve done all that you can do, and now you’re sitting and waiting for the IEP meeting. Most parents don’t know that there’s something else you can do before you walk into that meeting. Did you know you can request the results from the assessments […]

Tweet You worked on building a relationship with your kid’s teacher, and they’re still having problems at school. Maybe they’re behavioral, maybe academic, but it just feels off. You’ve met with the teacher, maybe the principal, and they’re not giving you clear steps or a plan that they’re putting in place to help your kid. […]

Why Does My Kid Hate Math?

by Melissa on October 18, 2010

Tweet Isn’t it kind of nuts how you notice that the older you get, the more you feel like you’re turning into your mom? I don’t feel like we’re alike, but whenever we’re somewhere and someone new meets us, they’re always, like, “You guys could be twins!” It’s not because we look that much alike, […]

Tweet Jennifer Bollero is Tandem Teaching’s new favorite find. In her own words, she is “an attorney, arbitrator, mediator and loving mother of an autistic daughter.” Her beautiful article, 8 steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker, has more tips and sound advice than you can find in many books heralded by leading […]

The Label of “Special Ed”

by Patrick on October 5, 2010

Tweet “I’m not special ed, and I’m not going to that stupid classroom anymore. I’m going to be in the regular classroom just like any one else,” screamed my brand spanking new student. I was taken back both by her confidence and her small size. I was even more surprised because this was open house. […]

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 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 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 […]