When the Student is Smarter than the Teacher

Or in this case, smarter than standardized test designers. Seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Stanford royally schooled some test makers in Kansas recently, and his efforts not only sent him to the head of the class, but he also got a free ride to Hollywood to appear on various talk shows. It all started when the high school junior saw something that didn’t make sense while taking his state writing test earlier this month: The word “emission” — as in “the emission of greenhouse gases” — was spelled “omission.” Remembering a lesson about test-taking that his teacher drilled into him years ago-—”Read every … Continue reading

More Tips for Reducing Test Anixety

Test anxiety is real. Test anxiety is a major concern for many students and parents. In my last article, I discussed some of the signs of test anxiety. I also offered some tips on how to help your child reduce text anxiety. In this article, I will offer even more advice and tips on how to reduce anxiety before taking a test. In addition to the tips in my previous article, try the following. Make sure that your child gets enough sleep. Energy is needed to focus clearly on the test questions. It is recommended for children to have at … Continue reading

Escaping the Trap of the Narcissistic Mother

In Dealing with a Narcissistic Mother, we looked at how 39-year-old Elinor was still caught up in a desperate game of trying to win the love and approval of her mother, who suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. When Elinor came in for therapy she was sad, slightly depressed and full of rage for a mother who just could not give her the love and approval that Elinor wanted. Although Elinor had a loving husband, and two wonderful children, she was not happy. This is not unusual when basic childhood needs such as love and approval have not been delivered to … Continue reading

Friday Fun: What Is Your Scrapbook Style? The Results

Finding your scrapbook style is not as easy at it might sound. However I’ve tried to make it easier by creating a quiz. Just answer the questions and find your scrapbook style. Hopefully you took the quiz, because you will find the results below: If you picked mostly A’s your style is SIMPLE & CLASSIC. More than likely your favorite scrapbook magazine is probably simple scrapbooks. You seem to enjoy a clean, simple style. You might even enjoy using sketches from time to time to make the whole process easier. No cluttered look for you. More than likely you are … Continue reading

Friday Fun: What Is Your Scrapbook Style? Take The Quiz and Find Out!

Finding your scrapbook style is not as easy at it sounds. First, there are many factors that go into finding your style. And sometimes, a scrapbooker is still trying to find their style, so they model their pages off of many different styles. Sometimes we like many different styles, and other times we are drawn to only one specific style. So how can you go about finding out your scrapbook style? Take the quiz below to find out. 1. You are standing in the paper aisle at the scrapbook store. Which paper type are you most drawn to? a. I … Continue reading

Trials of Faith: Trial by Fire

God can take the trials of our lives and turn them into glory for Him if we will allow it. When going through difficult times, I try to look at the situation as a refining of my faith. I know God didn’t make the trial happen, but that He can use it to show me that He is in control because He is God. Taking a look at 1 Peter 4:12-13: “Beloved, do not thing it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that … Continue reading

A Shabbat Experience

Known for the weekly holiday of rest and reflection. For many who honor and recognize this weekly holiday, it’s a time to spend with family, friends, loved ones, and maybe most importantly themselves. Shabbat starts sundown on Friday night, when three stars can be seen in the sky and ends on Saturday night an hour after sundown. This is also called Havdalah. Some celebrate the holiday by observing prayer at synagogue or shul by reviewing the weekly portion (parsha) of the torah. For many Jews who fully appreciate the Sabbath (Shabbat) there is no electricity allowed after sunset. One might … Continue reading

What Will Happen in Your Child’s Hearing Evaluation

If your child has any of the following symptoms or risk factors, he may be referred for a hearing evaluation: Shows a lack of attention or response to sound (See my blog post “Could My Child Have a Hearing Impairment?“) Speech is delayed or difficult to understand Family history of congenital hearing loss Premature birth, or child was in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) as an infant Frequent ear infections The child contracted meningitis or cytomegalovirus Who will evaluate my child’s hearing? Your child should be referred to a pediatric audiologist, who has specialized training in childhood hearing loss. The … Continue reading

Emotional Disturbance In Children

Children who are emotionally disturbed are eligible for special education and services, according to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). This means that special accommodations will be made for the student by the school district, to help the child succeed in school. What Constitutes an “Emotional Disturbance?” Any one or more of the following factors: 1. The child has physical manifestations of anxiety or fear associated with school attendance: This may include but is not limited to things such as shortness of breath, feeling faint, heart palpitations, or trembling; 2. The child is consistently depressed and … Continue reading