Monday, January 21, 2013

Article - 13 great books to help you succeed, create, & communicate better in 2013

Article - 13 great books to help you succeed, create, & communicate better in 2013

If you read my previous posts, you know that I firmly believe that all public educators should be strong public speakers.

This is a continuation of that idea.

Public educators need to learn marketing and public speaking.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Article - IQs Reading: ARP review article on executive functions

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IQs Reading: ARP review article on executive functions


A lot of people are talking about executive functioning these days.
Does everyone truly know what they mean?


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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Article - Being Young for Grade Increases Odds of ADHD Diagnosis


Article - Being Young for Grade Increases Odds of ADHD Diagnosis

This is another article that I am seeing a lot of in my current job.

I used to work primarily in high schools and a few middle schools.

Now that I am working in the K-8 world, I am a lot more involved in discussion of developmental maturity and chronological age as it relates to grade retention.

Grade retention is a very emotionally charged subject, and it probably would be a great discussion for a future post.

On a side-note, Malcolm Gladwell writes pretty convincingly on the impact of month of birth in competitive athletics in his book Outliers.


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fact-Checking Websites

This has been quite a year of politics.

With politics, come lies - damn lies - and statistics!

Most automatically think of the presidential election, but I am thinking mostly of my change from a traditional district to Charter Schools when it comes to politics and lies.

With discretion being the better part of valor, I will choose not to share the specifics about the worst year in blatant lies that I have ever experienced in my career.

However, feel free to read:

http://askdreric-schoolpsychologist.blogspot.com/2013/01/article-tumultuous-year-in-school.html

http://askdreric-schoolpsychologist.blogspot.com/2012/10/wont-back-down-my-movie-review.html


Nor will I make this a session of making fun of Fox News, mostly because it is too easy to do!
Besides I think that The Daily Show and Huff Post have that market cornered.

Instead, here is a copy of fact check websites.
As always, never rely on one source for anything!

http://www.factcheck.org/

http://www.politifact.com/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker

http://urbanlegends.about.com/

http://www.snopes.com/

http://votesmart.org/


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Article - New Study shows Teens with ADHD helped by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Monday, January 7, 2013

Article - Why California must close underperforming charter schools


Article - Why California must lead the way in closing underperforming charter schools



I agree with this commentary, but I do have one parting shot.

In an underperforming charter school, the parents chose for their children to be there.
In an underperforming traditional school, the parents are held hostage by the zip code that they can afford to live in... regardless of the limited NCLB choice options.


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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Article - Beliefs about Medication Treatment & Concerns about Loss of Self

Here is a review of a research article called  Beliefs about Medication Treatment & Concerns about Loss of Self.

This is an article of both personal and professional interest for me.

For those of you new to my blog, my first posts (links are available in the right column) were about my personal ADHD story.

The post most relevant to this article discusses how I joke about my two selves - unmedicated Eric versus medicated Dr. Beam.

http://askdreric-schoolpsychologist.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-adhd-story-part-6-current-day.html

Professionally, I have experienced the fact that most educators, professionals, and parents are ignorant of this side-effect of ADHD medication. I think that this is related to a lot of inadvertently negative comments to people with ADHD.



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Article - Tumultuous Year in School Choice Signals Changes Ahead in K-12