Living Out Loud*

Living out loud’ is something that we can do very easily as parents and teachers that can help our children to learn and understand a great many things.

Working on ASD Time*

In the book ‘Simple Strategies that Work’ (AAOPC Press), Brenda Myles talks about ‘ASD Time’ as meaning “Twice as much time, half as much done”.

Getting Homework Done

Is homework time a time of the day that you dread? It can be difficult to support your child with his or her homework as they may be reluctant to do it or resistant to your support. Maybe these tips will help to take the stress out of homework time…

Perfect Praise

It is vital that children know what they are being praised for. We are all guilty of giving out a generalistic “Good Job” or unspecific high fives but studnets need to know what it is that they have done right and what they are being praised for.

Setting Goals and Targets

We all want to set high expectations and goals for our children and students and ensure that they are successful at school, at home and with friends. One of the mistakes that we are most likely to make when setting targets with our children is setting them too high. One reason for this may be […]

Please stop blurting out!!!*

How to change ‘blurting out’ behaviours.

Working Memory

Dr Tracy Alloway from the University of Stirling in Scotland is a world leader in the area of working memory and has conducted a range of government funded research which has aided our understanding of what working memory is and how it affects our ability to learn.

Jessica Reischel

My name is Jessica Reischel. I am a learning support teacher and this is my fifth year at International School Manila. I have been teaching elementary aged children for fourteen years in various support models within public and private schools. Most of my teaching experience comes from teaching in the United States for eight years […]

Living Out Loud*

‘Living out loud’  is something that we can do very easily as can help our children to learn and understand a great many things.  Living out parents and teachers that loud means verbally documenting things that you are doing, as you do them. To role model problem solving skills to children you can talk yourself through […]

Family fun and games for learning

Studying and mastering difficult concepts can be hard work for kids with learning disabilities, but you can also reinforce those skills when you’re having fun. Playing games gives you some nice together-time with your kids, and they may not even notice they’re learning something in the process. Here are some ideas to try: Math War. The card […]

Accommodations or Modifications?

What’s the Difference? Accommodations &  Modifications   Many times teachers use vocabulary in Planning meetings that often is misunderstood or interpreted differently. Two words I immediately think of are accommodations and modifications. Let’s clarify them below using Freedman’s definitions: Adaptations that provide access to the general curriculum but do not fundamentally alter the grade-level standards are […]

Professional Development Opportunities

Some of out Learning Support staff at International School Manila have wonderful professional learning opportunities coming up in the next few months.  Rachael Huelskamp is traveling to Canada in November along with a Middle School colleague to attend an international conference on Autism This conference is hosting a number of extremely influential and knowlegeable […]

Partial sums what??? I didn’t learn that in school!

Most parents get confused when their children tell them that it’s not how they do it in school.  I am talking about the way algorithms are taught in the Everyday Math program.  Partial sums, differences, products, quotients, what are those?  To make it easier on the parents and to provide consistency in the way the […]

Using Multi-Sensory Teaching Methods

Studies from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development have shown that for children with difficulties learning to read, a multisensory teaching method is the most effective teaching method. This is especially crucial for a dyslexic child. But what does it mean? Using a multisensory teaching approach means helping a child to learn […]

LD OnLine Forums

Research, ask questions, interact or read messages posted by parents and educators about LD and ADHD issues.

LS Teaching Tools and Resources

The ES LS team have finished putting our orders in for next year’s budget. When we get back after the summer we usually have a few big boxes of new resources that we have ordered to use with our LS students. So, what do we use day to day in the LS classroom and in the general classroom with your child? Here is a round-up of some of the rools and programs that we regularly use.

ISM’s Parent Book Club

  Join the parent book talk with ISM’s guidance team as they discuss the new book Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky. There are two groups: one on Tuesdays and one on Thursdays with the first session beginning Thursday February 10, 2011. Sessions will be held from 8-10:00am in room 1057 until the Month […]

Links for Reading Practice

Links for reading practice

Video shows why it’s important for parents to take action early

Rick Lavoie shows parents why it’s important to take action. “Parents sometimes worry that they’re overreacting when their child isn’t reading in first and second grade,” says Lavoie. Watch the video More information about parenting from this website

Misunderstood Minds

Do you ever wonder how it feels to have an attention management deficit or a memory difficulty?  ‘Misunderstood Minds’ has a couple of really nice interactive activities that give us a taster of just how much of a challenge a classroom, learning or read or doing math can be for some of our kids with these […]

The Special Learner Dealing with learning disabilityThe Special LearnerBy GENEVIEVE RIVADELO-GAWJune 22, 2009, 9:58amQUESTION: “My sister told me that my seven year-old niece is having problems at school, especially in Math and English. She says that the child is not lazy when studying that is why she wonders why my niece performs poorly in school. Recently, I […]

English Language Learners with Special Needs: Effective Instructional Strategies By: Alba Ortiz (2001) Students fail in school for a variety of reasons. In some cases, their academic difficulties can be directly attributed to deficiencies in the teaching and learning environment. For example, students with limited English may fail because they do not have access to effective bilingual or English as a second language […]

A Combination of Two Literatures

  The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants but never before at such a rapid rate and from so many countries. Students from Hispanic families make up a large part of the influx of immigrants that teachers are finding in their classrooms. Because of this large and increasing proportion of the student […]

Learning Disabilities and Foreign Language Learning By: Robin L. Schwarz (1997) Foreign language study is an increasingly prominent part of education everywhere. Not only are high school students nearly always required to study a foreign language, but many lower and middle schools have added foreign languages to their curricula, whether as an enrichment or a requirement. Foreign language “magnet” schools […]

Communication Strategies for All Classrooms: Focusing on English Language Learners and Students with Learning Disabilities By: Dale S. Brown and Karen Ford (2007) Students with learning disabilities (LD) often have difficulty with language. This difficulty takes many forms. They might have trouble understanding what you say. This could be the result of auditory problems (difficulty processing sounds) or receptive language difficulties (trouble understanding the words and turning them into […]

Late Blooming or Language Problem?

Parents are smart. They listen to their child talk and know how he or she communicates. They also listen to his or her playmates who are about the same age and may even remember what older brothers and sisters did at the same age. Then the parents mentally compare their child’s performance with the performance […]

Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is calling the new Documentary by Vicki Abeles “Another inconvenient Truth.”   If you haven’t already heard the buzz about this Documentary unveiling the educational lives of American students click here to watch the trailers. There’s a small chance that Internationl School Manila may be able to host screening. Stay Tunned!

Our famous friends…

A couple of good friends of mine sent me their thoughts on growing up with dyslexia, ADHD etc. Orlando Bloom [youtube][/youtube] Richard Branson [youtube][/youtube] OK so unfortunately neither Mr. Bloom or Mr. Branson are friends of mine but I found both of these little clips really inspiring.  Branson in particular seems to have excelled in […]

What? No more Friday spelling tests?

  Please open the article for an alternative spelling assessment for students who need learning support. spelling_tests Here’s an example of an electronic spell-checker  that I use with my students.  Locally, they are available at Infomax, Market Market.

Math Problem Solving Strategies

  Math problem solving is always challenging for kids and even for adults, but there are some strategies that can be used to work around the difficulty. Some strategies can be found here and here. With my students, I work on the basic facts and computation first, and then we apply the skills to problem solving […]

Partial Quotients Video

Grade 4 parents, here’s a website for teaching partial quotients.

Educational Games

“We scoured the web for the best and most trustworthy educational games with the single goal of providing students, parents and teachers with the best interactive homework help the web has to offer!”  as it says on their website.

Different Listening Styles

As a teacher it can be exceptionally difficult to allow children to demonstrate their own individual listening styles in class.  In an ideal, easy classroom the children would all be sitting still with their legs crossed with their eyes on the teacher and their mouths closed.  That however is very rarely the case.  In reality […]

Drop the Rope

Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, her latest book is titled “Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention”Posted: Drop the Rope For three years after my 9-year-old son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, I figured he was the problem. After all, I was getting constant calls from his teachers, complaining that he […]

Build Academic Skills Over Summer Vacation Engage your ADHD child in summer learning to keep his academic skills sharp and help him succeed in school. After a long, perhaps challenging, school year, it’s important for kids to have a break. But it’s also crucial for them to keep learning. Without the continuous use of academic skills, children with learning disabilities […]

Parents reading tips English, Korean, Tagalog and more

The following link contains tips for parents in encouraging reading at each stage from Kindergarten through to Third Grade.  They are available in around nine languages including Tagalog, English, Korean, Spanish and Russian.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full language selection.

More wonderful apps!

Our amazing IT Integrationist, Jen Smith attended a conference in Vietnam last week and brought back this list of wonderful apps for the iPad, iTouch and iPhone.  Need any better excuse to get yourself one? Go here for the link…

Springtime Planning for Transitions

  A little planning can help your special education child make the transition from school to summer. If you follow these steps, it can be less stressful, and more enjoyable, for everyone involved. The sun is beginning to shine, and the fresh smells of spring are upon us. This time of year is always a […]

Everyday Math for Parents!!!

A Grade 2 teacher shared this link about Everyday Math.  This is a wonderful resource for parents who always wonder why is math being taught in a different way these days. Everyday Math for Parents Explore the website to find all the answers to your questions about the Everyday Math program.  Hopefully, you’ll get the […]

Keep going over summer!

After a long school year children do need to take a break and hang out with family and friends and make the most the long days of freedom ahead. BUT it is very important to maintain reading and other skills over the summer.  This can be done in a fun way and does not have […]

Brain Rules for Babies!

I know we are not teaching babies here at ISM but I felt this video and website could be useful to parents. John Medina, best selling author of Brain Rules also just wrote another amazing book sheding light on all the current brain research:  Brain Rules for Babies. Please check out his website here and […]

Special Needs Summer Education Alternatives

Courtesy of ADDitude Online Magazine Without structured educational activities during summer break, children with attention deficit (ADD/ADHD), learning disabilities, and other special needs often suffer learning loss. Try this plan for an alternative summer school to keep your child learning while still making time to have fun. As soon as school is out for the […]

Strategies for Summer Reading for Children with Dyslexia

By: Dale S. Brown (2007) As a parent, you play a critical role in your child’s education during the summer — especially if your child has dyslexia. Without your help, kids are more likely to forget what they learned last year. A recent study estimates that summer loss for all students equals about a month of academic […]

My Story and Tips that work By: Jamie Janove

Here is another first person article from Following Bliss My name is Jamie Janover. I want to tell you how my life has been affected by having learning and attention disabilities. Actually, it seems to me rather odd to call them disabilities, because for me, those disabilities have turned out to be among my […]

What are the benefits of Educational Psychological testing?

In certain circumstances parents will be asked to arrange for a full Educational Psychological Assessment for their child.  The fundamental reason for this is to give the LS teachers a greater understanding of the root causes of a difficulty that a student is having in order to plan the best possible supports in the classroom. […]

Summer Learning Links

The following links provide loads of fun games that promote summer learning! Reading Links: Research links: Writing Links: ESL Links: Keyboarding Links: Creative Projects Links: Math Links: Spelling Links Brain Games (memory, auditory skills, processing, attention, etc.) Enjoy Your Summer!!

Dyscalculia: A condition that doesn’t add up

Dyscalculia, a widely underdiagnosed learning disability which makes it difficult for individuals to grasp math concepts, might affect as many people as dyslexia. And specialized teaching to help those with dyscalculia should be made widely available in mainstream education, according to a review of current research published Thursday in the journal Science. The disorder can […]

How much sleep is enough sleep for children?

Sleep is immensely important to children’s performance in school.  At ISM school starts early and the day can be a long one. Most of our students wake between 5 and 6am… so what time should be be going to sleep?  the article below from webmd offers these guidelines. 3-6 Years Old: 10 – 12 hours […]

Developing memory

Teaching and parenting children with learning differences can mean coming across a number of issues with memory.  The following article from addresses this issue. “It’s important to understand that this problem often is not the result of laziness or simple incompetence. While lack of effort in learning can lead to the same outcome, some […]

SuperDuper Apps

Hi – If you have an iphone, and ipad or an android phone you will see that there area  GREAT number of apps out there that can support children in all learning, from speech and language development, math and literacy right through to social learning.  Our favourite schools resource/publisher SuperDuper have launched a number of […]

Tips on how to talk to your child about report cards.

Tips on how to talk to your child about report cards. As the end of the semester is drawing near, it’s report card time again.  Teachers are currently busy writing reports for each and every student here in the Elementary School.  You won’t receive your child’s report card for a few weeks.  But, the Learning […]

List-Group-Label Strategy

List-Group-Label is a great strategy for vocabulary development, especially for international schools that use the Understanding by Design framework. Read and WATCH all about it here.  

Book Review: The Short Bus. A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney

  I came across this book one afternoon while searching online for anything to help me, as a Learning Support Teacher, get a better grasp on the emotional delicacies of my students.  I am constantly looking for new ways and ideas to help me help Classroom Teachers, Paraprofessionals, School Administrators and parents/care givers understand some […]

Conquer that Multiplication Table!

At this time of the year, halfway through the school year, parents start to get really concerned when their children in fourth grade have not yet mastered the multiplication table.  It is generally expected that this is mastered at the end of third grade.  However, memorizing the multiplication table is really difficult for students who […]

Metacognition: Problem-Solving Skills for ADHD Children

Help your ADD/ADHD child’s metacognition with these tips for learning and applying problem-solving skills at school and at home. by ADDitude Editors   Metacognition is the ability to stand back and see oneself when doing a task. You ask yourself, “How am I doing? How did I do?” A young child can change behavior in […]

Being an Efficient Homework Helper: Turning a Chore into a Challenge

Thank you for this helpful article! There are many fantastic tips for helping your child establish routines for homework. Enjoy! Being an Efficient Homework Helper: Turning a Chore into a Challenge By: Regina G.  Richards (2008) “The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, U.S. poet, essayist […]

Improve Working Memory for ADHD Children Improve working memory with these tips, organizing strategies, and routines designed to help your ADD/ADHD child or teen retain information! by ADDitude Editors Working memory is the ability to hold information in mind while performing complex tasks. A young child is able to execute simple tasks — sharpen his pencil when asked — while […]

Don’t compare your child to others.

Report cards have just gone out, MAP testing is coming up again in a couple of months and Grades 2, 3 & 4 are carrying out writing samples at the moment.  When we receive information on our child’s progress it can be extremely tempting to compare our children with other students.  While this is perfectly […]

A Simple Plan for Student Planners

Kids with attention deficit may resist getting organized with a student planner — but our expert tips for using this tool will help even low-key learners. by Susan Kruger Most teachers agree that planners are essential. Students who use them usually earn As and Bs. Students who don’t often miss deadlines and lose points on […]

Five Tips for Easing Your Child’s Transition Back to School

2013/07/29 By Dani Gillman Remember that old back to school commercial with the mom floating down the aisle of the office supplies store while the holiday classic “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” played? I never really appreciated that commercial until I became a parent and prepared to send my own child back […]

Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase

  Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase By Handwriting Without Tears & Get Set for School Make handwriting practice fun! With our Wet-Dry-Try Suite App, children learn and practice correct formation habits for writing capitals, numbers, and lowercase letters. The app simulates our Slate Chalkboard and Blackboard with Double Lines and […]

Number Pieces App

Here’s a new free app in Math developed by the Math Learning Center that matches our practice of emphasis on flexible thinking than on getting the answer correctly using only one method.  In this app the students can use the number pieces to show their answer.  They can join the pieces in groups of ten […]

Does my child need occupational therapy?

I found this article recently that I find is very useful in answering a lot of initial questions parents/teachers might have regarding occupational therapy for a child. What do you look for when considering referring them for OT? What are typical fine/gross motor developmental benchmarks? Click on the link below to read an article that may be helpful […]

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a great site that can be used to help kids work on a variety of academic skills. It uses videos along with verbal explanations of a wide variety of topics – from simple addition up to decimals and even calculus! It also has videos that can spark kids’ interest in different topics […]