Ask Dr. Blank: What are some creative ways for children with ADHD to better manage in the classroom?

Despite living in the high tech 21st century, it is amazing how much classrooms continue to employ the patterns set up over a century ago. Many of the difficulties that ADHD children display are grounded in these patterns. Here are some of the components that we would do well to offer. Reduced sitting time: the health industry today is replete with…

The straw man in the new round of the reading wars

By Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post The “reading wars” never go away — at least not for long. What exactly are they? Fights in the education policy world about the “best way” to teach reading to kids — as if there were a single best way. So what are the “reading wars” and when did they start? They go back to…

Reading Kingdom Review: “I absolutely recommend giving Reading Kingdom a try”

When I began my master’s program about 15 years ago, I remember being exposed to the heated debate surrounding the most effective teaching method in reading.  Some championed phonics, others were devoted to whole-language approaches.  At the time, I really didn’t understand why a combination of many methods wasn’t a major part of the discussion.  Now that miss Z is…

Thanks for Thanksgiving

Thanks for Thanksgiving is a wonderful story that helps children learn about gratitude.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books. What you need to know: • Thanks for Thanksgiving shares a range of sweet and lovely messages of gratitude. • The last page is designated for readers to write down their own list of thankful thoughts. • Colorful…

‘I Work 3 Jobs And Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America

By Katie Reilly for Time.com Hope Brown can make $60 donating plasma from her blood cells twice in one week, and a little more if she sells some of her clothes at a consignment store. It’s usually just enough to cover an electric bill or a car payment. This financial juggling is now a part of her everyday life—something she never expected…

Ask Dr. Blank: The current trend in education is inclusion for all. As a parent of a special needs child I see some children that are very disruptive and don’t have the skills or mindset to be in an inclusion program. How do we make the distinction and keep the education of typical children from being harmed?

This question represents an important and difficult issue. At the same time, the fact that it is being asked represents the progress that has made in this area. Until only a few decades back, children with special needs were kept out of sight, isolated in what were labeled CRMD classes (Children with Retarded Mental Development). It’s painful to realize the…