What Is The Best Way To Help A Struggling Learner?
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What Is The Best Way To Help A Struggling Learner?

There is one approach that I believe works best when trying to help a struggling learner. This is it.  After spending all last week offering support for struggling writers, I sat down to help my own son complete a writing assignment for one of his distance learning classes.  We brainstormed ideas. He grew irritable. We…

Attending A Homeschool Convention When Your Child Has Learning Differences
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Attending A Homeschool Convention When Your Child Has Learning Differences

I first attended a homeschool convention in the summer following our first year at home.  I went, knowing all the things that were not working for us. I went, expecting to find some help, some answers, some other moms/experts who might know what to do next. Unfortunately, as I walked from speaker to speaker and…

Why Behavior Charts Fail The Kids Who Need Them Most
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Why Behavior Charts Fail The Kids Who Need Them Most

When I was in second grade, my teacher had a behavior chart wall to help with classroom management. We all had index cards with our names on them and the wall was divided into three sections – one green, one yellow, one red. Our cards started each day pinned to the green area. As you…

What Does A Strength Based Learning Plan Look Like?
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What Does A Strength Based Learning Plan Look Like?

It’s been one of the best weeks of my life, y’all. Since launching Different By Design Learning last Tuesday, I have been overwhelmed by the response. I have been encouraged by so many sweet friends online. I have been humbled by direct feedback from moms using my learning plans and seeing real progress in such…

Introducing Different By Design Learning
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Introducing Different By Design Learning

A sweet friend of mine just pulled her youngest son out of public school. Things weren’t terrible, but they weren’t the best either. He recently tested in the highly gifted range with some asynchronous development in writing and attention, making the traditional classroom a challenge. When she told me, I was excited for her. I…