Category Archives: Practice of teaching

Study Skills Resources for Learning Disabilities

Continuing our interview with Susan Maher of Regents Academy of Austin, we get a look at how she helps students perform well.  She finds their brilliance. She helps them overcome their weakness. She partners with the teachers to give minimal accommodations — and no modifications. Thus, these students, even with diagnoses, keep up with their peers at a prestigious, even perhaps exclusive school.

Mrs. Maher’s students learn how to take notes, write papers, read a textbook, or study for mathematics in just a more detailed way than others. Any parent or educator will want to hear what Susan Maher, Regent Academy of Austin, has to say.


“Accommodation not modification” is Mrs. Maher’s mantra. She means that minor changes in the school, like time or quiet are acceptable because that is like real life. Beyond that, she teaches more detailed study skills to the students so they can overcome their weaknesses. This is unlike public school where modficiations are made to a curriculum already aimed very very low. Thus, the student leaves with neither skill nor knowledge. That would be an unacceptable outcome at this well-thought of private school


Let me know if you want more information on this. For now, please get my book on “study skills” that I wrote for my community college students, students who often had not been successful but now, as adults wanted to do well in college. I forged these ideas by teaching my child and grandchildren, overcoming their challenges.

How to Win the Game of School  by Sharon Sarles — really study skills for the game of learning as well as the game of making good grades

The Importance of History — Or What to Say to People With Bad Ideas

This episode is our Independence Day episode: the Importance of History — both teaching and knowing it. The ideas here were sparked by the new book by David Rubin: Confronting Radicals: What American Can Learn from Israel. So, I give a little book review. Then, I give many examples from real history that confront typical bad ideas that people often attempt to hoodwink us with. Fairly entertaining, I think. A good story often goes across better than an argument. Hope you enjoy.

You may get the book here:

Confronting Radicals: What America Can Learn From Israel

Shiloh Israel Children’s Therapy Center :

BTW, at the party I was fortunate enough to be invited to, there was a reading, in full, of the Declaration of Independence. I thought that was very appropriate. I hope to adopt that custom. You might want to as well.

More resources:  books on USA history  

Notice that David Barton has the famous picture that I mentioned on his masthead.

There are books for children and adults as well as video courses here :

You may even find a live Biblical Citizenship course in your area. I recommend it.

Please go to our store and get my Modern American Primer. It is not a book to teach reading. It is more of a consideration of freedom and how to pass it down to our children.

Modern American Primer



LD Study Skills

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.


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.


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.


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.