Mental Tools

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

Does Your Child Have the Right Tools for the Job? Weak underlying mental tools cause smart students to struggle in school. At our last parent information meeting, a homeschool mom shared that her teenage son was bright and willing, but getting increasingly frustrated and depressed over his struggles with schoolwork. She said, “I feel like I’m asking him to dig …

ADHD

Jill Stowell ADD, ADHD, Attention, Classroom, General Information, IEP, Learning Disability, School

I’m Not Losing Focus On Purpose! “Today was the best parent-teacher conference we’ve ever had!” Last week I heard a parent share this in our waiting room.  Fabulous!  The parent felt like celebrating instead of crying! The child in question is a smart, delightful girl who displayed one of the most dramatic attention challenges I had ever seen during her …

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 …