Beyond Gold Stars: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation in Struggling Readers

By Abigail McFee Every summer, struggling readers in first through fourth grade participate in Tufts University’s Summer Reading Program for a month of remediation—and empowerment. Some skip through the door, seemingly filled with mirth at the idea of their alternative “summer camp.” Others are hesitant. They have just been told that the skill that presents them…

Tips for Parents: Working with your LBLD student, Part 3

Homework: Importance and Procedures for Success Submitted by Gail Kent Ever have difficulty figuring out how to help your child with homework? Why is homework so important anyway? Homework is used to reinforce skills and information learned during class time. It is important for students because it allows them to further interact with material and…

Painted Yellow Lines

At Landmark School‘s recent commencement ceremony, graduate Matthew Pramas ’16 sheds light on what it means to learn differently and reminds his classmates that it can have its advantages.  I remember sitting on the swings, 11 years ago, on a beautiful spring day. My teacher let my class out to recess for the last 20 minutes…

Dyslexia: Making Learning Relevant

Recently, we spoke to Dean Bragonier, founder of Noticeability, a non profit enabling students with dyslexia to cultivate their strengths and providing tools to the adults that serve them. Dean will also be addressing our graduates and families at Landmark’s 2016 commencement. What was the inspiration for starting Noticeability? I have an eight-year old son…

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Submitted by: Linda Gross, M.A., CCC-SLP  In recognition of May is Better Hearing and Speech Month here are some classroom tips to help students. While these tips are meant for the classroom, they can be applied in almost any setting. Avoid asking, “Do you understand?” or “Does that make sense?” Rather, ask students to repeat…

The Power of Self-Expression

This last month the Boston Globe announced their Scholastic Art Awards.  I was blown away by the technical skill and visual expression, but even more so for the depth conveyed through the art. I was particularly struck by an emotional series of charcoal pieces inspired by the phrase, “Something You Hide”…

The Flipped Classroom: For the LBLD Student

If you are an educator, you have probably heard of the Flipped Classroom. It is all the rage right now, and for good reason. The concept is simple, though the implementation can be quite varied. Here’s the big idea:

New Guidelines, Standardized Test Accommodations

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Submitted by Janet Thibeau For years, students with disabilities have been denied accommodations when taking the LSAT exam, even when they’ve submitted the proper paperwork. This year, that’s changed, and not just for the LSAT, but for all national standardized tests. This ruling…

DEBATE = EMPOWERMENT

Submitted by Caleb Koufman, faculty member at Landmark High School When most people imagine the extracurriculars offered at a school for students with language-based learning disabilities​, such as dyslexia​, debate club is usually not among them. Just like any presumptions about their disabilities, though, students ​where I work as a teacher ​proved this one wrong,…

LIFE AFTER LANDMARK

Submitted by Stephanie Johnston, parent of a former Landmark School student All parents worry, but parents of children who learn differently worry a lot more.  From the time our son started school we worried.  There were vague worries: why isn’t he able to learn, respond promptly, organize himself, etc… There were specific worries: will he…