September 1, 2008

Several months ago, The New York Times published a blog by Will Okun, a Chicago high-school teacher who was worried about Etta, a conscientious, enthusiastic, hard working student whom he might have to fail. His blog was touching, perceptive, and troubling. It dealt wi...

September 1, 2008

The mathematical achievement of students with learning disabilities (LD) seems to be strongly influenced by the way in which mathematical concepts and skills are introduced to them, namely by the design of their curriculum (Grossen & Carnine, 1996; Kelly, Gersten, & Ca...

September 1, 2008

More and more, teachers are becoming a major influence in children’s lives; in some cases they’re probably the only emotionally healthy adult children routinely encounter. Thus, teachers must do more than teach subject matter. In a sense, they must often function as me...

September 1, 2008

In a previous column I discussed the cognitive skills that children can develop to help them cope with academic demands. In this column, I will focus on ways to help children cope with emotions.

Assuming that emotions are driven by thoughts, I will again emphasize the c...

September 1, 2008

Inclusive practices in school settings range from placing all children in grade appropriate general education classrooms—full-time—to placing them in other learning settings for part of the school day. Among other scholars, Salend and Duhaney (1999) concluded that incl...

September 1, 2008

Response to Intervention (RTI) is an approach to identifying reading disabilities in children by assessing children’s ability to learn how to read, or their response to reading instruction and intervention. RTI has redefined the identification of reading disabilities i...

September 1, 2008

My last column discussed how teachers might establish an overall supportive environment that encourages students to revise their writing. I suggested that you first teach your students the purpose of revising: To send the reader a clear message.

For skilled writers to r...

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