Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

Megan Lordos, a middle school teacher, says she was not allowed to use the word “dyslexia.” She’s not alone. Parents and teachers across the country have raised concerns about some schools hesitating, or completely refusing, to say the word. As the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere between 5 and 17 percent of the population. That means millions of school children around the country struggle with it. Read more from WBUR News.

Dyslexia and dyslexics are often kept in the shadows.

 

October 12th, 2017|

Changing Perspectives Participates in the #ChooseKind Video Challenge

The Changing Perspectives staff participated in the #choosekind video challenge. Each staff member made a short video explaining how they choose to be kind. This challenge was sponsored by the movie Wonder & brought kindness to social media. Enjoy the team videos! 

Sam:

Annie:

Molly:

Holly: 

October 5th, 2017|

The Beautiful Side Of Disability

“Born with cerebral palsy, Xian has embraced her physical differences and used them to educate and improve the lives of countless individuals. Through her efforts as a consultant and educator, Xian has shown that even a modest effort and some thoughtfulness does have a significant positive impact on a large segment of our society, and that organizations that educate themselves about disabilities stand to reap huge practical and economic benefits.” Read more from Forbes.

October 5th, 2017|

Researchers studied kindergarteners’ behavior & followed up 19 years later

” A new study shows that when children learn to interact effectively with their peers and control their emotions, it can have an enormous impact on how their adult lives take shape. And according to the study, kids should be spending more time on these skills in school.” Read more from Upworthy.

October 5th, 2017|

Changing perspectives at Shelburne Community School

“Perspectives are changing at Shelburne Community School and other schools throughout the state. At least, that is the intention of a disability awareness program–Changing Perspectives. On Feb. 21, an event will be held at SCS through a partnership with the not-for-profit group.” Read the full article from Shelburne News.

October 5th, 2017|

Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons

“Dr. Brown says empathy consists of four qualities: the ability to take the perspective of another person, staying away from judgment, recognizing emotion in others, and communicating it. She defines empathy as “feeling with people,” and notes that it’s a “vulnerable choice” because it requires a person to tap into something personal that identifies with the struggle of another.” Read more from KQED News.

October 5th, 2017|

14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy

Read the full list from Real Simple:

October 5th, 2017|

30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy

See the full list from teach thought:

October 5th, 2017|

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

“As minds and bodies grow, it’s abundantly clear that children require a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals…Research on prosocial behavior among adolescents determined that being kind increases popularity and our ability to form meaningful connections with other people. Being well liked is an important factor in the happiness of children and it was demonstrated that greater peer acceptance was achieved through good deeds. ” Read more from Edutopia. 

October 5th, 2017|

Teaching Peace in Elementary School

“In many communities, elementary teachers, guidance counselors and administrators are embracing what is known as social and emotional learning, or S.E.L., a process through which people become more aware of their feelings and learn to relate more peacefully to others.” Read more from The New York Times.

October 5th, 2017|