How do I know if my students are using ADHD as an excuse?

One of the questions I was asked during my presentation Learning Disabilities and ADHD: An Insider's Perspective was how do you tell if a student really has ADHD. I was also asked about the clinical definition of ADHD. Personally, I have never been one for labels or official diagnosis. Instead I tried to find ways … Continue reading How do I know if my students are using ADHD as an excuse?

Top 10: Student Excuses

#10: "It is too hard."  I've been surprised by the growing number of very bright and otherwise successful students that are afraid of failure. When a task is too hard they want to quit or get out of the class. Often the reason stated is that a low grade will have a negative impact on … Continue reading Top 10: Student Excuses

Oct: Learning Disability Awareness Month

I originally wrote this for another education site. I have adapted it for TDZ. The month of October is Disability Awareness Month. The archives already have several articles pertaining to learning disabilities. Here is a quick overview of some of the resources available on Homeschool Benefits. ADHD(Yes, I know it is not a learning disability … Continue reading Oct: Learning Disability Awareness Month

Sucessful People with Disablities

Guest Author:ECWeathers, my mom, is a retired professional educator with over 40 years experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools. She has Bachelors of Arts in English, Religion and Sociology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Masters of Education from Texas Christian University. She has also done post-graduate work … Continue reading Sucessful People with Disablities

Homeschooling and Learning Disabilies

I originally wrote this for the Homeschool Network in 2008.  Currently, I am consolidating all of my writing to this blog. Homeschooling has many advantages for children with learning disabilities. It is much easier for your child to receive the intensive one-on-one instruction needed to succeed. Instruction can be tailored to meet your child’s individual … Continue reading Homeschooling and Learning Disabilies

The Best Method for Teaching Reading

Editor's Note: This is a piece I originally wrote for As a teacher, I have used many different approaches for teaching reading: phonics, whole language, literature based, etc. Many workshop instructors attempted me to convince me their program was the best. I have also encountered many people who believe that phonics and sight words … Continue reading The Best Method for Teaching Reading