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Category Archives: School Issues

The ADHD High-Stakes Disaster

High-stakes testing can be a quick path to failure.  They’re sometimes used to determine academic punishments.  This includes penalties, sanctions, and rankings, with a clear line drawn between those who pass and those who fail. Communicate with teachers early.  Establish strategies for everyone. Learn the vocabulary.  Standardized test vs. achievement test. Contact guidance counselors.  Discuss […]

ADHD and Addiction? 30% – 50%

It is common for people with ADHD to turn to addictive substances such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. Their attempt is often to improve abilities, help them feel better, or self-medicating. The activities work at first, providing them with ADHD relief. Ultimately, these high-risk behaviors can result in academic failure, incarcerations, or death from […]

Is it funny? No, it’s CYBERBULLYING?

Teens live for their cell phones…90% of ’em all.  You think that the biggest challenges come from throwing them?  No…cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, email, chat rooms or social media used to intimidate, harass, threaten, or humiliate someone.  It has increased among teens as they have more access to electronic […]

ADHD Parents: Oh no! Report cards are in.

There is a feeling of dread. Kids and parents alike. Success? Failure? No one wants to look. Traveling on the WayBack Machine… No one forgets their first year as a teacher. For sure. Nothing prepares you for your first report cards. I got the day off to sit in front of the computer. What? I […]

Common Core Math: What is it? Why should we care?

The Common Core initiative was directed toward public K-12 students in the US.  In spite of public opinion, it was sponsored by the National Govenors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).  The objective was to identify what students should know at the end of each grade level. It’s further designed […]

ADHD:  Finding Academic Success by Overcoming Challenges

One of the most serious challenges faced by teens and young adults is regarding educational outcomes. High School Experience significantly higher retention rate (42%). More are suspended (60%). Highest drop-out rate (32%). College Fewer enter college (22%). Lower GPA (1.7). Lower graduation rate (5%). These intervention strategies remediate situations. Find a “good fit” for teachers/professors. […]

How do we stop bullying? Attentive teachers.

Is bullying a problem?  Set the climate.  Try day-one strategies.  Continue to infinity. The continuing adventures of EdieLovesMath… Well, I’ve already taught math so student teaching will be a cake walk.  An experienced teacher, a good-humored paraeducator, and me together…What could possibly go wrong?  Why do I keep asking that!!! Day 1, the first period […]