Tilting at IEP Windmills

“The IEP allows assignments to be emailed. This wasn’t an assignment but a classroom expectation.” This, according to my son, was the actual explanation provided to him as the reason his teacher refused to accept an assignment by email. This, in spite of his IEP which clearly stipulates that he is allowed to turn inContinue reading “Tilting at IEP Windmills”

Advice To Teachers From An Exhausted Helicopter Mom

I have come to hate Mondays. I don’t mean dislike or any other vanilla word that is polite. I mean hate, as in filled with a sinking sense of dread and doom – but not for the reasons you might think. I love Mondays when it comes to my work. I love the fresh startContinue reading “Advice To Teachers From An Exhausted Helicopter Mom”

On Protecting Our Unique Thinkers

So the story goes that when someone once asked Einstein why he didn’t try harder to memorize his own phone number, he replied, “Because I have no intention of calling myself.” Had he been born today, enlightened behavioral scientists and child psychologists would have labeled Einstein as twice exceptional – someone bearing both an exceptionallyContinue reading “On Protecting Our Unique Thinkers”

Tracing Words Helps A Young Story Teller

My son loves to tell stories. Long, detailed stories. He follows me from room to room through the house, talking all the while and happy to have an audience. He talks in the back seat while we’re running errands. He talks while I’m cooking supper. And even when his teeth are brushed and he’s allContinue reading “Tracing Words Helps A Young Story Teller”