At the first cross country meet of the school year, I showed up completely unprepared. It was a sweltering 95 degrees, and I had dressed in long pants and a long-sleeved t-shirt and had failed to bring any water or snacks for my children. In addition, we were missing nap time for my youngest, which was already putting us on shaky ground. Thankfully, the cross country venue had thought ahead and had vendors that saved the day. Further, a really great playground entertained and distracted my youngest throughout the event. Unfortunately, I was stuck in my unseasonably warm dress.
October is recognized as International Dyslexia Awareness Month. Having dyslexia can be an overwhelming life-long journey, and parents often report that their hearts have been broken because of the struggle their child has had with learning to read, spell and write. However, we know that with the right instruction and with adequate intensity, almost all individuals can learn to read. Also, there are many success stories at Currey Ingram Academy, as well as in the country for individuals with dyslexia.
Over the past few weeks, questions have been asked related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As I listened to comments, a number did not accurately reflect research on the topic. As part of ADHD Awareness Month, I am sharing what the research says about ADHD:
Consequences are a part of life. Most often when we hear this word, we are naturally inclined to go negative: a ticket after speeding or weight gain after the holidays. However, any formal definition of the word more accurately implies neutrality, meaning either negative or positive. A positive consequence could be a compliment after a job well done or a thoughtful gift from someone expressing gratitude.
One of the benefits of a small community is our ability to build authentic, genuine relationships with students and their families. In conversations with families about their Currey Ingram experience, I hear parents appreciate that teachers take the time to fully “know” each child in their care. A large body of research highlights the importance of caring, warm and respectful interactions between students and teachers and their association to broader outcomes including student engagement, academic achievement, peer acceptance, and motivation (Bear, 2010). Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence, explained knowing someone based on three levels: