December 20, 2014


Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention

By Martha Burns, Edutopia For most of the 40-plus years the term “dyslexia” has been in existence — and although the diagnosis has long been considered a “learning disability” — it has been based on comparisons with average readers. Simply put, a child could be diagnosed with dyslexia if he or she shows an IQ  read more…

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The Science of Writing–3 Lessons!

From The Hechinger Report What’s the best way to teach writing? The experts have many answers — and they often contradict each other. In contrast to the thousands of studies on effective methods for teaching reading and mathematics, there are relatively few rigorous studies on writing instruction. That’s partly because it’s time-consuming and expensive to assess  read more…


Why Teaching Both Estimation and Accuracy is Important in Math Instruction

When I work with elementary students, they are often confused when they reach the estimation unit, and so are their parents.  They get hung up on the skill rather than understanding why the concept is even relevant.  Students prefer to find the exact answer because estimating seems like extra work and, developmentally, estimating is a  read more…

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The TOP 3 SAT Subject Tests

By Grant Bergland (Literature, Writing, Test Prep) SAT II Subject tests are an essential part of the admissions process, especially for the most competitive colleges. While SAT/ACT scores demonstrate comparisons of a student’s raw skill, the subject tests allow applicants to shine by testing subjects they love and often plan to pursue in college. The TOP  read more…

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The Gift of Math–A Memoir

By Rohan Gheewala (Economics, Physics, Chemistry, and Test Preparation) I will never forget trips to New Jersey in the back of our Subaru station wagon as a child. My sister and I would be reciting multiplication tables against our own wills, while my mother drove the car. At the time, I saw this as incredibly pointless  read more…

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What is Nonverbal Learning Disorder?

By Caroline Miller of The Child Mind Institute When we think of learning disorders, we tend to think of dyslexia and other disorders involving language—that is, kids who have trouble decoding language and learning to read. But there is another, less well-known type of learning disorder that’s not about verbal communication—hence it’s called non-verbal learning disorder.  read more…

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