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A Better Way To View ADHD

A recent article entitled How ADHD is Radically Mistreated discusses research that “shows that children with ADHD are often extremely creative” and puts forth the premise that institutions, as they currently function, are failing these children. Twenty-two personality traits of creative people have been identified – 16 “positive”, and 6 “negative.” The positive traits include:… Read more »

Have You Heard Of “PhotoMath”? We’ll Bet Your Kids Have.

Given that we’ve written twice before about the careful and judicious use of calculators (see here and here), it should come as no surprise that we are going to again caution parents about the use of a new tool that fancies itself as a “far more useful calculator.” Enter “PhotoMath,” a new phone based app… Read more »

Common Core And Math “Push-Down”

In the late Spring we wrote a blog piece about what we labeled as “Math Push-Down” that described the phenomenon of younger and younger students taking math classes for which they may not have either the maturity or a solid enough math background. A piece in the San Jose Mercury News describing some of the… Read more »

Helping ADHD Students With Writing

Many years ago, we attended a talk by a renowned specialist on Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. One significant take-away from his talk was that students with AD/HD experience challenges with getting their ideas out from their brain, through their arms, and onto the paper. One of us had witnessed this in her own… Read more »

Making The Most Of Tutoring Sessions – Part 2

Last time we discussed some ways to get the most out of investing in professional, individual, private education and how by paying attention to what you put into it can pay dividends in the short and/or long run. We now turn our attention to improving tutoring’s effectiveness through scheduling and communication so that it can… Read more »

Analogies and Metaphors Found in High School Essays

A large portion of these, if not all of them, are the results of the Style Invitational contest from Week #310. This is a humor contest, which asked participants to come up with the bad analogies. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other Sides gently compressed by a… Read more »