Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility

Helping our children see shades of grey and improve cognitive adaptability When our kids jump to conclusions, or are engaging in rigid thinking, it’s our natural instinct to try and explain away what we perceive as inaccurate reasoning. We often try to logic people out of their feelings, and I have certainly been guilty ofContinue reading “Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility”

Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools

No school should ever have the right to seclude or restrain children Recently our school division developed a policy on seclusion and restraint. Policy is a very generous term for this two-page document with very little substance. Despite the wealth of research and information available to guide these types of policies, it appears our division didContinue reading “Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools”

Dyscalculia in ADHD & Autism

A brief overview of a learning disability related to mathematics and numbers Dyscalculia is a learning disability that makes math very challenging, especially when taught in the traditional way. Children with dyscalculia may struggle with concepts involving numbers, like “larger” or “smaller”. Dyscalculia is extremely common in Autistics and those with ADHD. The comorbidity rate isContinue reading Dyscalculia in ADHD & Autism

Behaviour Plans Are Written For The Adults, Not The Kids

Behaviour plans are useless, unless the adults have developed — and continue to develop — secure relationships with the children What is a behaviour plan? Around here we have something called a Behaviour Intervention Plan (BIP). If a child is consistently or repeatedly demonstrating concerning behaviours at school, the family and select school staff will work together to develop aContinue reading “Behaviour Plans Are Written For The Adults, Not The Kids”

Behaviourism Is Not Inclusion

PBIS Is Just ABA With Different Letters PBIS P.B.I.S. stands for Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports, and was the foundation for Manitoba Education’s 2011 policy document, Towards Inclusion: Supporting Positive Behaviour in Manitoba Classrooms. That’s not a typo, the document intended as a guide for creating inclusive schools and classrooms has its roots in behaviourism.Continue reading “Behaviourism Is Not Inclusion”

Books & Articles About Education

Parents, educators, school staff—and anyone who cares about educating our children should read these books Happy Education Week! Once again, our Minister of Education made a declaration. MLA Wayne Ewasko hath declared April 18–22, 2022 to be Education Week here in Manitoba. Great! So…. Education funding will improve? No. Greater supports for school staff and students?Continue reading “Books & Articles About Education”

Playing Politics With Our Children’s Education

False claims of education funding increases Manitoba’s government continues to claim they’ve increased education funding, yet anyone who actually crunches the numbers can see this is disingenuous. Obviously this isn’t a new tactic, nor is it one used exclusively by any one political party, they all play these games. I hate games like these, whichContinue reading “Playing Politics With Our Children’s Education”

 I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School

I care a lot more about the environment than I do about the content For the record: I do value my son’s education. I appreciate teachers and the near-impossible task they are handed every single day: Please, educate these children. No, you may not have any more resources. No, you may not have better ventilation in yourContinue reading ” I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School”

Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children

Anybody else’s school have rules about not letting the kids jump in puddles?   How ridiculous is that?   Send an email home asking parents to send extra clothes with their kids and let them PLAY.  This morning I happily dug out my son’s rubber boots so he could splash in puddles at recess. WhenContinue reading “Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children”

Executive Functions in the Classroom

How teachers and school staff can support students with executive functioning difficulties In my personal and professional experience, when we inform a teacher that a student in their class has ADHD, a learning disability — or any divergent neurotype — they often nod as though they understand and don’t ask specific questions about that student.Continue reading “Executive Functions in the Classroom”