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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Don’t Make it Look Easy

November 27, 2013

By Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff Lately, I’ve been able to look at the approaching holiday from a range of perspectives. My kindergartener got to make butter and hold a Thanksgiving feast. My third grader got to sing songs about turkeys. And I got to go to three grocery stores and wait in checkout lines. It’s my turn, of course, and every parent comes to gain new appreciation for their own parents when they have to figure out how to fit a turkey and six pounds of mashed potatoes into a refrigerator. This year, though, I’m not making it all look so easy. I’m asking my eight-year-old to help me plan the day. We’ll work backwards from mealtime and figure out… Read More

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Learning with Lego

November 22, 2013

By Sarah Vander Schaaff Lego is synonymous with STEM. That’s what the representative from Lego Education told me and a room full of parents who were eager to hear about our school’s new partnership with his company. I was, I admit, a little concerned. How was the science teacher going to keep track of thousands of Lego pieces? I can’t seem to do that and I only have two kids losing them behind cushions. Rest assured, Lego Education bricks, unlike most retail ones, can be replaced a la carte. With that concern addressed, I was able to focus on how Lego Education is in fact synonymous with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We watched three videos (and you can too… Read More

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Need More STEM Talent? Find an Artist.

November 15, 2013

By Sarah Vander Schaaff If you hear the word “STEM” and think of a plant, you may be my kindred spirit. But having spent some time writing this blog, I now know that STEM is an acronym for “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” and it’s a field on many people’s minds. Finding young people with potential to excel in STEM-related careers is a national priority, but where we look for such talent may be expanding. A study published this past February by Barbara Kerr and Robyn McKay in the Creative Research Journal (Searching for Tomorrow’s Innovators: Profiling Creative Adolescents) suggests we may find future STEM innovators not only in high level math and science classes, but also in the arts…. Read More

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What is a Psychoeducational Evaluation?

November 7, 2013

We asked psychologist Dr. Carol Blum to give us the facts about psychoeducational evaluations. While every situation is unique, it’s helpful to know some basics about a process that can require a significant amount of time and money. Question 1: What is included in a psychoeducational evaluation? Psychoeducational evaluations vary according to the age of the child, the goal, and the professional doing the testing. However, most psychoeducational evaluations will include as many as 6 key components: 1. Evaluation of Cognitive Skills. The goal is an overall view of a child’s strengths and weaknesses in verbal and non-verbal reasoning, memory, working efficiency and executive functions. Among the more popular tests are three different Wechsler IQ tests based on the age of the subject: WPPSI for preschoolers, WISC for… Read More

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