Is Retention Ever a Good Idea?

Jill Stowell Classroom, Development, General Information, Learning Disability, School

We’re getting to that time of year that some parents are getting the news that their child is “in danger of retention.” “In danger” indicates that retention is a bad thing.  While it is something that should certainly be decided with careful thought, there are there times when retention is actually a good idea. Children grow and develop at different …

Child’s Play Develops Attention

Jill Stowell Attention, Classroom, Development, General Information, IEP, Learning Disability

“Look at me!” “Watch me do a handstand!” “Look at me jump!” Young children love to show off their physical prowess.  What parents may not realize is that the antics kids use to get attention are often building blocks for developing attention! I had a momentous birthday last week so I don’t do a lot of handstands anymore, but when …

Information Overload or Filter Failure?

Jill Stowell Attention, Classroom, Development, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, Reading, School

I don’t know about you, but email can be completely overwhelming to me.  Scattered among the truly important things, there must be ten times as many irrelevant items. Recently, my husband saved me from my inbox by going through and weeding out everything except the things I really needed to pay attention to.  He was appalled by all of the …