Manitoba PCs Name New Minister Of Education

He certainly can’t any do worse than the last one Mr. Ewasko brings much more experience to this role, having worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor for 17 years. Unfortunately, he takes on this portfolio during public education’s most difficult time in recent memory. Students are returning to school as the omicron variant rages across Manitoba;Continue reading “Manitoba PCs Name New Minister Of Education”

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education

Creating welcoming classrooms, schools, and communities Possibilities This morning I learned that a school division in our province has created a brand new position, Divisional Principal of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Services. I also learned that the person hired into the position is an intelligent, highly qualified black woman who is working on aContinue reading “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education”

Helping Your Child Thrive During Remote Learning

If I can do it, anyone can I dreaded remote learning. I love my son and I love watching him learn. I am also trying to run a business from home. I feared that ADHD, plus home office, plus homeschooling was a recipe for disaster. My son and I are like two peas in a pod,Continue reading “Helping Your Child Thrive During Remote Learning”

Education-Sponsored Gaslighting

Some social-emotional programs are ableist and invalidating Ever had someone tell you you’re overreacting? How’d that work out for you? We forget that feelings and emotions are, by definition, not rational. Teaching emotion regulation skills does not require us to agree with someone’s reason for being upset.  Read my article on Invisible Illness. When youContinue reading “Education-Sponsored Gaslighting”

Practical Classroom Supports

Actual accommodations and adaptations that help neurodivergent students thrive While every child’s needs are different, and some accommodations or supports may be complex, there are some that can be implemented right away, or at least fairy quickly and without great expense. What about you, your child, or your students? What supports and accommodations are mostContinue reading “Practical Classroom Supports”

Stop Gaslighting Children

Being bullied is never the fault of the victim Whereas approximately 25% of non-disabled and neurotypical youth experience bullying, children with disabilities are twice as likely to be victimized. It’s estimated that 60% of Autistic children and 40% of children with ADHD experience bullying in school. Why are we singling out the victims of bullyingContinue reading “Stop Gaslighting Children”

Questions To Ask Prospective Schools

Considering moving your child to a new school? My advice? Take. Your. Time. If your child is unhappy at their current school, if you feel you have tried everything to work with that school to help them meet your child’s needs, or if you feel there is little chance of improvement, it may be timeContinue reading “Questions To Ask Prospective Schools”

Education Planning

A compilation of my articles specific to education planning for neurodivergent students and students needing accommodations or adaptations in the classroom. Is Your Child’s IEP Useless? Children’s needs must come first. They have the right to accommodations that put them on a level playing field. The goal is to support them to be successful. ManitobaContinue reading “Education Planning”

Why Gifted Kid Burnout Is A Thing

Twice Exceptionality (2e): Gifted is not the same as high-achieving Have you seen memes and videos on social media about “gifted kid burnout”? I was that kid, and so was my son at the ripe old age of 7 years old. It’s not what you think. My son was reading chapter books at age sixContinue reading “Why Gifted Kid Burnout Is A Thing”

When The School Keeps Calling

If your child’s school repeatedly calls you about behaviour problems, here’s what you can do about it. We frequently see posts in ADHD/parenting groups with caregivers desperately asking “The school keeps calling about my child, what can I do?!”   Given that children are at school 30+ hours per week, usually without their parent(s) present… Continue reading “When The School Keeps Calling”