The Common Core Controversy

Jill Stowell General Information

Most teachers and parents seem to have strong, emotional opinions about Common Core, the current emphasis in school curriculum.   It puts a huge emphasis on working with information as opposed to memorizing and reproducing information. If we want children to become good problem solvers and self-initiating learners, they need the kind of thinking skills developed in Common Core.  The challenge …

Conquering SATs, Test Anxiety, Senior Moments, and Learning Challenges

Jill Stowell Anxiety, Auditory Processing, Classroom, General Information, IEP, Learning Disability, School

Tyler was a motivated high school junior, potential Ivy League football player, and solid AP (Advanced Placement) student.  But he was SAT-Challenged! Jessica was also an excellent student in her junior year in high school, but her test anxiety was so great it could only be controlled with prescription medication. Cheryl is a 50-something baby-boomer with more and more of …

“Mom, I Need Adderall”

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

A parent recently shared with me that her high school son came home from school one day saying, “Mom, I need Adderall.”  Adderall is a medication commonly used to manage Attention Deficit Disorder / ADHD. It’s easy to blame attention for students’ struggles in school because that’s often what it looks like in class and certainly with homework where there …