In my column, "How Can Learning Problems Affect Children Emotionally?," I highlighted the debilitating effects of academic failure on children’s emotional adjustment. In this column, I will discuss skills that children can develop to help them deal with academic demand...

When we talk about children’s self-esteem, we’re generally talking about the degree to which they like and accept themselves as people. Because self-esteem is a feeling, it is expressed in their behavior.

As paradoxical as it may appear, failure is one reason for the im...

Historically, schools have responded to student misbehavior with reprimands, office referrals, and suspensions. Generally, these strategies have failed. In part, their ineffectiveness was due to the resentment they created, their inconsistent application, and the failu...

April 2, 2008

In my last column I discussed how less skilled writers approach revising. I suggested that they will likely spend little time revising and may submit a first draft as a finished piece. I also said that they may attempt very few revisions, even when prompted, and that t...

April 2, 2008


Most likely, early childhood educators are familiar with classroom environment rating instruments—instruments that rate the quality of classroom environments, including arrangements, materials, health and safety factors. One example is The Early Childhood Environment...

April 2, 2008

It’s tough, frustrating, and demoralizing to have moderate-to-severe reading difficulties. Unless people have experienced the struggle, they cannot truly understand its social and emotional ramifications. Unlike stuttering or cerebral palsy, it's invisible. Consequentl...

As a construct, number sense is complex and difficult to operationalize. Its key components include counting, subitizing small quantities, discerning number patterns, estimating quantities, comparing numerical magnitudes, performing simple number transformations. Numbe...

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