September 2014

Meaningful Grading Practices for Exceptional and Struggling Learners

  • Posted on: 23 September 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

Do you feel confident about the way you grade students with atypical learning needs? Most teachers have some difficulty devising ways to grade students with educational disabilities, those who are struggling learners, and those who are still learning the English language.  They want grades to be fair and accurate but are not sure just how to do that.

Tips for Parents From Teachers: Cooperation in the Home

  • Posted on: 23 September 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

Argh! You know that feeling: Joey has been redirected for what feels like eighty times in the past ten minutes and he still hasn’t followed through on what you’ve asked him to do. In reality, it’s only been five times, but STILL… Maybe Mrs.Compliance, Joey’s 2nd grade teacher, has some tips…

MORE NVLD Insight from Dr. Ed Jacobs

  • Posted on: 17 September 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

I was so taken by the response that I received on my last column, which was about children with nonverbal learning disabilities, that I thought there might be an interest in more information on the subject. As I said in my last column, children with NVLD have strong verbal abilities and significantly weak visual-spatial abilities, which makes it difficult for them to organize their thoughts, understand the main ideas in what they read, and interpret and respond to social cues. They are often clumsy or have poor fine motor control, which shows up as poor handwriting.