Blog - Insight into LD


blog 13.10.28This month I had the opportunity to ”talk tech” with groups of Springer Upper School students during Student Development class. I wanted to discuss with them the one-to-one laptop program – what is working, and what is not.


blog 13.10.25“Have you ever dreamed that you were flying?”  The question was posed to Springer students at a recent assembly, kicking off a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on our campus. Daniel Dancer, artist, photographer, activist, and visionary, brought his craft and philosophy to students and staff, as we each became a single drop of black paint in a “painting” of our mascot, the Springer Eagle – a painting best viewed from atop a 50-foot crane.


blog 13.10.21Interestingly enough, the notion of individual brains “learning differently” has been around since 1877, when German neurologist Adolf Kaussamaul used the term “word blindness” to describe “a complete text blindness...although the power of sight, the intellect and the powers of speech are intact.” Research in this field continued through the 1800-1900’s, with the term and definition of learning disability actually being coined by Samuel Kirk in 1963.


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Did you know that October is Learning Disability Awareness Month? Well, now you are aware.  Literally, that is the first step to understanding anything – to be aware that a situation or fact exists. 


blog 13.10.10Many times as parents we ask ourselves, “What should my child be able to do at her current age?” We might try to answer our own question by comparing her to a sibling or to her peers in the classroom. This question is even more challenging when concerns involve your first-born, or only child, and you have no frame of reference to help guide you.


blog 13.10.7Ready....Set....Conference! 


blog 13.10.3Homework left at home. Baseball practice with no cleats. Lunch left on the counter. Another missed music lesson.


blog 13.10.1Zach sits at his assigned table, waiting patiently for apple juice to be poured for him and his tablemates. On the tiny plate in front of him, a handful of pretzels and a half cheese stick await. Everyone, including Zach, must wait to begin eating until they are all served, and the students responsible for snack delivery have returned to the table. Waiting is hard for Zach.


blog 13.9.26Play is meaningful and important to the development of language skills in early childhood. Through play and interaction, children learn how to talk, listen, read, and write. Young children make numerous language discoveries as they play, explore, and interact with others. Language skills are primary avenues to learning because they allow children to talk about their own life experiences.


blog 13.9.20What exactly does a percentile rank mean? Is the 50th percentile a “bad score?”  Does it mean that the student knew 50% of the material? Does a standard score of 100 mean he knew all the material?