February 22, 2013

Lesson plans, worksheets, and more–a hodgepodge of resources

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By Kathy Kuhl I like to write my own lesson plans, but some days we want help. A friend recommends Lesson Pathways online teaching resources, which are now free. They offer lesson plans, projects, games, and activities for K-5 students. Browse their content here. If you use worksheets, you can find free ones that may […]

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February 22, 2013

Need help managing your time on the computer?

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By Kathy Kuhl Here are two helps I learned about at the same 2012 LDA conference. I do not guarantee this software. I have not tried StayFocusd yet. I pass them along for you to consider. If you have Google Chrome, you may likeStayFocusd, an extension that lets you limit how much time you spend […]

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February 22, 2013

Free online magazines & journals

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Practical Homeschooling Magazine’s online home features articles, a virtual mall, and more from Mary Pride. Home School Enrichment Magazine Digital Edition is available by subscribing here. SAGE Journals Online offers access to dozens of academic journals including the fields of education, special education, neuroscience, medicine, and other more. Free access until October 15, 2010. (And once you register […]

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February 22, 2013

Proposed National Education Standards

How Would They Affect You? In the U.S., schools began as communities banded together. They are still supervised by local school boards. More recently, states adopted standards of learning, and now there is a movement toward national standards. In June 2010 the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State […]

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February 22, 2013

Related to Autism

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Many groups advocate different views of and responses to autism. Here is a sampling of sites related to autism: Autism Speaks Autism Society of America Defeat Autism Now, the website of the Autism Research Institute. My favorite public service announcement on autism is Act Early’s poignant “The Red Flags of Autism.” To prove autistics have […]

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February 22, 2013

Homeschooling kids with ADHD: a Boston College professor collected stories

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In August, Peter Gray, leading textbook author, Boston College research professor, and Psychology Today blogger, asked parents for stories about their experiences homeschooling children with ADHD. His results are here.

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February 22, 2013

Reading gives you “a lot of bang for your book”

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The complete article from LiveScience.com on the value of having books in your home is here.

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February 22, 2013

News and commentary on disability issues

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Patricia Bauer is a reporter, a good writer, and mother of Margaret, a young woman with Down Syndrome. Patricia first came to my attention with her 2005 Washington Post article on the abortion of children with disabilities, “The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have.” My favorite lines are: Margaret does not view her life as unremitting […]

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February 22, 2013

Three inside views on learning disabilities

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Three inside views on learning disabilities: from two severely autistic young women, and an adult with Asperger Syndrome For inspiration and insight into how bright people, trapped by autism, can be given a voice through technology, see these links. fifteen-year-old Carly Fleishmann’s blog, and a video clip Carly posted about herself from the original ABC news […]

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February 22, 2013

The best stress reducer

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Why exercise? “Because it feels so good when you stop,” my father often said. A recent article in the New York Times explains, why exercise makes you less anxious.

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