The thought that my child may have a learning disability is a parent’s worst nightmare. The reality of that possibility is even more terrifying. It’s hard to watch your child struggle and not know how to help them.
What do you do if you suspect your child has a learning disability? What does it mean? How can you tell? Are there ways your child can overcome it or are they stuck with it for life?
I asked some experts, who offered 5 ways parents can spot if their child has a learning disability: 1. Early Reading Delay 2. Unexplained Failure 3. Difficulty with Organization 4. Difficulty with Concentration 5. Non-Specific Symptoms
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Can you spot a dunce cap?
It’s actually not that hard to do once you know how. A dunce cap just looks like a baseball cap with the bill turned around backwards. When I was in school, these were the caps that were given to kids who were failing a class. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t fun, but it was an important lesson for me as a kid who was struggling in school.
When I became a teacher, I quickly realized that there are much better ways to deal with a failing student than making him or her wear this embarrassment of a cap around school. My first year teaching, I got myself into trouble because my English skills were not good enough yet to teach all of the classes I had been assigned. In order to get caught up and avoid failing grades, I had to go back and take some summer classes so that I could bring my grade up into passing range by the end of the semester. Of course, most of the kids in my class knew what was going on, and so did their parents. So when school started back up again in September, there were quite a few whispers about my attendance at summer school and some other teachers didn’t realize why I was suddenly wearing a dunce cap from time to time
What is the Dunce Cap? It’s a hat used in schools to shamed kids who are failing. Kids who are having trouble keeping up are often pushed aside, ignored and sometimes even bullied for their lack of academic skills. They have trouble finding friends and can feel like there is no place for them at school. The Dunce Cap helps show these kids that they are not alone. This hat will hopefully bring a smile to everyone’s face and show that everyone has a place at the table.
So go ahead, put the Dunce Cap on your head and take a picture of yourself wearing it! Be warned though – you may just end up with a big smile on your face!
The Dunce Cap
The dunce cap is a conical paper hat that was used as a form of punishment in schools. In the 18th century, it was used to punish students who were extremely disruptive or mischievous. It was also worn by students to show that they were being punished.
Towards the end of the 19th century, this practice began to die out and it wasn’t until the 1960s that there was a resurgence of its use in schools. Today, it has become less common.
It is still used as a method of punishment in some American schools and in American prisons, but it has been banned from almost all other schools along with other forms of physical punishment such as caning or paddling.
The Origins of the Dunce Cap
The story goes that John Duns Scotus, who worked in Oxford around 1270-1308, wore a cone-shaped hat at school to help him concentrate better on his studies. This caught on with other students and soon children were wearing these hats while they were studying. They were made from paper which was then stuck onto their head with flour paste (made by mixing flour and water).
A few centuries later the cone-shaped hat became known as a dunce cap because
When it comes to school, there is no one-size-fits-all. However, there are certain warning signs that indicate your child may be struggling. Many of these signs are behavioral, and many parents choose to ignore them assuming that their child will grow out of the behavior or attitude. If you suspect your child is struggling in school, here are some warning signs that he or she may need more help and support than you can provide at home:
1. Your child has a negative attitude toward school work.
2. Your child struggles with grades in all or most subjects (not just one).
3. Your child continuously fails tests or quizzes (not just a few times).
4. Your child does not complete homework assignments on time (or at all).
5. Your child’s teachers tell you that your child is struggling in school (or not performing as well as they should).
I hope this article helps you to understand more about the importance of being aware of your child’s school performance and how you can help them succeed. Please make sure you choose the right public, private or charter School for your child.
The school your child attends should not matter as much as what they learn in that school. If a child struggles in one school they are likely to struggle in another. It is important to ask questions of the faculty and staff at the school your child attends. You need to know if your child is struggling and if so find out why? What do teachers think? What do other parents think? Are parents happy with their experience at this school? Does this school have a good reputation in the community? Do students at this school receive a good education or are they just babysat until high school graduation? There are many factors to weigh when choosing the right public, private or charter School for your child.
If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt heard the term “dumb jock.” It’s a phrase that we often throw around with little regard for the harm it may cause. However, in the past few years, the term has taken on a whole new meaning. It’s become increasingly clear that there is a strong link between participation in sports and academic success. According to data compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations, students who participate in sports have higher GPAs and are more likely to be admitted into college than those who don’t play sports.
Tests also show that students who play organized sports do better in math and English than those who don’t participate. Clearly, there is something about participating in an organized sport that helps your student achieve his or her potential in school. Here are five reasons why:
1) Athletics teach discipline
Many schools have “no-cut” athletic teams which ensure that every student has the opportunity to play. At first glance, this may seem like it could be a problem since some students are naturally talented at sports while others aren’t. After all, it seems unfair to make all kids play when some will never be any good at it — right? In fact, keeping every child on the team teaches