The Teacher Says My Child is Struggling. Now What?

Jill Stowell Classroom, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, School

The Teacher Says My Child is Struggling.  Now what? When I was teaching in public school many years ago, I happened to teach in an area where most of the parents spoke only Spanish.  Therefore, my parent-teacher conferences were held in my far-less-than-perfect Spanish.  I remember that the parents were so gracious about it. One of the hardest things about …

Dreading Parent Teacher Conferences?

Jill Stowell Classroom, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, School

Loving Fall but Dreading Fall Parent Teacher Conferences? The East Coast does Fall right!  Crisp weather; brilliant red, yellow, and orange leaves on the tress, and pumpkins everywhere! There’s just something special about Fall.  A change in the weather – in most places!  (So. Cal. seems to be a bit stuck on the heat of summer).  School and football well underway.  …

DYSLEXIA or ADHD?

Jill Stowell ADD, ADHD, Attention, Auditory Processing, Classroom, Dyslexia, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, Reading, School

We tested two boys last week with very similar learning strengths and challenges.  In testing, they both had good attention, but one became squirmy in his chair whenever he had to read. The squirmy little guy had been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder without Hyperactivity).  He was never a problem in class, but was reported to spend time staring …