Archive for May, 2011

FAQs from Parents: Is Spelling Still Important for My (Struggling) Child? by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on May 31st, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

Often, I hear queries from older students, and from parents, about whether knowing how to spell words correctly is still important, because everyone uses spell check these days. Here are some thoughts. 1. Leaving A Good Impression I don’t know if it’s because I’m a senior, and attended school when our society was more formal, […]

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Kinder and Gentler Advocacy by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on May 29th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 4 Comments

I am a glass half full kind of person. I suspect that innate attitude has given me resiliency through a somewhat crazy upbringing and a career that has morphed into advocacy for people with learning disabilities and other challenges. I am also a Canadian who remembers a political icon in our country, the late Pierre […]

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FAQs from Parents: Should My (Struggling) Child Go Into A Split Grade? by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on May 24th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

A look of panic always comes across parents’ faces when it’s suggested that their child will likely be in a split grade the following year. Here are some thoughts. 1.      Range of Capability As I mentioned in my article about repeating a grade, there is always a range of achievement in every classroom. In a […]

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“I Feel Like the Older Brother” by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on May 19th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 5 Comments

Sometimes important conversations happen at unusual times. In our household, 7 to 8 am is our family‘s rush hour. It is about getting ready, waking and then re-waking two teenagers. It is characterized by making and packing lunches, having breakfast (mandatory), and waiting for ADHD meds to kick in. My husband and oldest son leave […]

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The Most Outrageous Things I have heard about Learning Disabilities by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on May 18th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

Over the years I have come across many individuals who have different ideas about learning disabilities. Some are correct in their knowledge and understanding of LD, while others…. I can’t believe someone would actually say that! It’s like when you watch Jeopardy and they ask “This is the capital of Canada” and the contestant says […]

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FAQs from Parents: Should my (struggling) child learn a second language? by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on May 16th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

This is a difficult decision because you, as a parent, need to make a decision early in your child’s life that will affect his/her whole life.  But you can never predict what all the implications will be. Here are some thoughts to consider. 1. Flexible Thinkers For many years, research has told us that individuals […]

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FAQ’s From Parents: Should my child repeat a grade? By Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on May 9th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 8 Comments

Many parents have been confronted with the suggestion that their child repeat his/her current grade, and have agonized over a decision. Here are some thoughts to consider. 1. How far behind is your child? No classroom has students all working at the same level in all subjects.  There is always a range of ability and […]

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