Category Archives: Gifted

Why Many SEL Programs Fail

“Although ‘Social-Emotional-Learning may be intended to empower students, many elementary students in these programs learn to equate leadership with obedience. Research by Madora Soutter  (Unintended Lessons of SEL Programs January 21, 2019) reveals that many SEL programs do not achieve their espoused goals … Continue reading

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Key to a Great Parent-Teacher Partnership

Years ago in some online comment Janet Lansbury wrote: “I was encouraged by a mentor, infant specialist Magda Gerber, to view babies as whole people from the get-go, not my projects, not reflections or extensions of me. Their emergent personalities … Continue reading

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Standards Don’t Educate; They Sort

Washington Post, May 7th: “Math, reading performance is stagnant among U.S. 12th-graders, assessment finds.” All this effort on standards and test scores and still no change. Hmmmm. But there are those who predicted that teaching directly to standards would only … Continue reading

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“Executive Function Disorder” exposes an Education Dysfunction Disorder.

Do you know anyone who suffers from any of the following symptoms? Motivated by immediate needs Consequences for negative behavior don’t alter future actions Inability to reflect on past experience to plan for the future Difficulty adapting to change Sees … Continue reading

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Education is Leadership 2

Joan Fitzpatrick’s room was a beehive of active learning all day long. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that each child was being optimally challenged. Joan taught a mixed group of 18 first and second graders on her own. … Continue reading

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