An apology and an explanation

I want to apologize for not posting on Dropout to Dean's List for quite a while. I have moved from Caledon, Ontario, which is near Toronto, to Waterloo, Ontario, a city about 100 km south of Caledon. The move was the first in about 25 years and necessitated divesting myself of 1,200 books and 37 … [Read more...]

Fidgety boys and how they learn.

Fidgety boys: how they learn. Here are some examples of Letters to the Editor of the NYTimes on David Leonhardt's piece,  A Link between fidgety boys and a sputtering economy First, Mr Leonhardt's piece:  “A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy,” by David Leonhardt (The Upshot, April … [Read more...]

Fidgety boys, school and achievement. How to get help.

Fidgety boys, school and achievement Aspbergers, ADHD, ADD, Tourettes, autism...the list is endless. We are bombarded with information (but not much help) for boys (and girls) who suffer from these sociological, psychological,  mental, "conditions." They confound parents, experts, teachers and the … [Read more...]

The Over-Praise Dilemma: When Complimenting Kids Actually Holds Them Back

This study is new but it only confirms what we knew long ago. Many parents over-praise their kids activities to the detriment of the child's self-esteem. Across playgrounds, schoolyards and classrooms, it is common to hear well-intentioned parents, caregivers and teachers heap high praise on … [Read more...]

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