Finally! perhaps the most valuable topic ever: actual practical idea for students having learning problems, or problems with their school work — problems we hate to call “learning disabilities.” I cam back from a conference and just had to add in my takeaways from one of the sessions I attended.
it was the Repairing the Ruins Conference from ACCS – Association of Classical Christian Schools. The breakout presenter was Susan Maher from Regents, Austin. All of the credit to her and any blame of mistakes to me.
LD THE BEST DO IT
I wanted to emphasize that the best schools, if they can afford it, do deal with “l;earning disabilities.” Only brighter than average students will get this designation. So, once again, do not let stigma stop you from getting help. Labeling is an issue, and I will take that up very soon, but the idea of a school or educator or parent failing to get help for these kind of learning problems is itself part of the labeling issue. This episode, mere points out my surprise that Regents, the very most elite and exclusive, offers this help.
MODIFICATION IS ABOUT LOWERING ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Wanted to correct or add to my words about remediation rather than accommodation. At Regents they say “accommodation not modification.” We actually agree in practice, but I wanted to convey the vocabulary and the ideas to you.
3 GREAT IDEAS FOR STRENGTHENING ABILITY TO DO SCHOOL WORK: READING, NOTE-TAKING, WRITING PAPERS
Lastly, I wanted to relay 3 good ideas for expanding study skills in a way that many students with learning problems will be able to apply helpfully to their school work. Using memnonic devices of SQ3R, LISAN, and SLOWER, these students can be helped to better read textbooks, note-take, and write papers.
Please hear the episode and then feel free to add any similar study skills techniques you may know about.