Lessons in Organization from the Circus

Jill Stowell General Information, Learning Disability, School

This weekend we went to the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Baily’s Circus.  Besides being truly amazed and a little bit terrified by some of the acts, I was struck by the incredible amount of organization involved. Everything ran like clockwork and everyone and everything was in its place, right down to the shovels and buckets to clean up after the …

Sports and Concussions

Jill Stowell General Information

We love our sports, but parents beware Growing up, my mom flatly refused to let my brothers play football.  It wasn’t because my dad loved baseball so much, but because of the possible head injuries associated with football. We are a pretty sport-driven society.  Most of the children and teens I know play some kind of organized sport and when …

The Hidden Meaning Behind Disruptive Behavior

Jill Stowell General Information, Learning Disability, School

Someone emailed me a cartoon of a principal on the phone with a parent saying, “I wouldn’t say your son is a bad child.  He’s gifted in disruptive behavior.” Augh!  Not the phone call you want to get! Many years ago when I taught 4th grade, I had a student, Tony, who constantly made clever comments to me over the …