Letter from a Struggling Student

Dear Teacher, I know you might not think that I care about my grades, but I do. I’m the one about whom everybody always says, “If you just try harder and apply yourself, you would get such high grades,” and…

Homework & Cell Phones

When giving workshops to parents, one of the most common questions that I am asked is what to do about kids who can’t separate themselves from their cell phones during homework time.

Validating Your Child’s Feelings

I recently came across an article in Psychology Today called The One Emotion That Really Hurts Your Brain, which discusses a study’s findings that humiliation makes the brain feel very uncomfortable. What struck me about this article, however, was not…

Is there really a summer learning gap?

Summer is just around the corner and the debate about whether kids should take the summer off and have fun, or whether they should be enrolled in an academic enhancement or remedial program is at the forefront of Mom conversations everywhere.

Lessons for Success

One of my students was recently accepted to university. An unlikely candidate diagnosed with ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder, her high school dutifully explained that she was not meant for Cegep, let alone University. Instead, they suggested that she attend…

Getting Rid of Homework Wars: Step 1

When I meet with students and tell them that they will have to spend time doing “planning work” before doing their actual homework and studying,they often look at me like I’m crazy. I’ve actually become used to that look and…