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** I've come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.  It's my personal approach that creates the climate.  It's my daily mood that makes the weather.  As a teacher, I have tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.  I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.  In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized. **
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Starfall Reading Program 

The Starfall reading program is designed to be fun, exciting, and to instill confidence in young children as they learn to read. The website and companion printed materials are clear and effective tools to help you implement proven teaching methods. Our website was created by carefully observing the way children learn using a computer. The Starfall Website is easy for students to navigate independently, but it is not intended as a surrogate for the teacher. Our scientific, research-based reading materials and activities are modeled on the "Big Five" focus areas recommended by the National Institute of Child Development and Human Development: 

1.  phonemic awareness

2.  systematic phonics

3.  vocabulary

4.  fluency 

5.  comprehension 

6.  motivation


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 Learn About Drug Abuse!

Few parents ever imagine that their child will grow up to do drugs, but drug usage among kids and teens is a stark reality. Drugs are everywhere — from big cities to small towns — and are used by people of all ages, races, and economic means.

Knowing what drugs are available, what they can do, and how they can affect someone is the first step in raising drug-free kids. The second step — and probably most important — is to talk to your child early and often about the dangers of drugs.  Visit for more details on specific drugs!




Lead is a very strong poison. When a person swallows a lead object or breathes in lead dust, some of the poison can stay in the body and cause serious health problems.  Lead used to be very common in gasoline and house paint in the U.S. Children living in cities with older houses are more likely to have high levels of lead.Although gasoline and paint are no longer made with lead in them, lead is still a health problem. Lead is everywhere, including dirt, dust, new toys, and old house paint. Unfortunately, you can't see, taste, or smell lead.

Lead is found in...

  • House paint before 1978. Even if the paint is not peeling, it can be a problem. Lead paint is very dangerous when it is being stripped or sanded. These actions release fine lead dust into the air. Infants and children living in pre-1960's housing (when paint often contained lead) have the highest risk of lead poisoning. Small children often swallow paint chips or dust from lead-based paint.
  • Toys and furniture painted before 1976.
  • Painted toys and decorations made outside the U.S.
  • Lead bullets, fishing sinkers, curtain weights. 
  • Plumbing, pipes, and faucets. Lead can be found in drinking water in homes containing pipes that were connected with lead solder. Although new building codes require lead-free solder, lead is still found in some modern faucets.
  • Soil contaminated by decades of car exhaust or years of house paint scrapings. Lead is more common in soil near highways and houses.
  • Hobbies involving soldering, stained glass, jewelry making, pottery glazing, and miniature lead figures (always look at labels).
  • Children's paint sets and art supplies (always look at labels).
  • Pewter pitchers and dinnerware.
  • Storage batteries.

Children get lead in their bodies when they put lead objects in their mouths, especially if they swallow the lead object. They can also get lead poison on their fingers from touching a dusty or peeling lead object, and then putting their fingers in their mouths or eating food afterward. Children also can breathe in tiny amounts of lead.


There are many possible symptoms of lead poisoning. Lead can affect many different parts of the body. A single high dose of lead can cause severe emergency symptoms.  However, it is more common for lead poisoning to build up slowly over time. This occurs from repeated exposure to small amounts of lead. In this case, there may not be any obvious symptoms. Over time, even low levels of lead exposure can harm a child's mental development. The health problems get worse as the level of lead in the blood gets higher.  Lead is much more harmful to children than adults because it can affect children's developing nerves and brains. The younger the child, the more harmful lead can be. Unborn children are the most vulnerable.

Possible complications include:

  • Behavior or attention problems
  • Failure at school
  • Hearing problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Reduced IQ
  • Slowed body growth

The symptoms of lead poisoning may include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping (usually the first sign of a high, toxic dose of lead poison)
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Loss of previous developmental skills (in young children)
  • Low appetite and energy
  • Reduced sensations

Very high levels of lead may cause vomiting, staggering walk, muscle weakness, seizures or coma.

Children are like Tender Seedlings! 

a. Put in a classroom with bright, warm encouragement like
    the sun, rather than clouds of ridicule.
b. Cover with soil of wonderment and curiosity.
c. Water with patience, empathy, and high expectations.
d. Visit seedlings at least once a day for one to one time.
e Sit back and watch them soar!
By Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers

 The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our Founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. To make a donation call 1-800-4stjude. 


Give the Gift of SightFounded in 1988, Give the Gift of Sight is a family of charitable programs providing free vision care and eyewear tounderprivileged individuals in North America and in developing countries around the world. Sponsored by Give the Gift of Sight Foundation and Luxottica Group, these programs have helped five million people on five continents and in hundreds of communities across North America. The program's goal is to help seven million people by 2008. Visit for more information and how you can help.


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WrightsLaw Advocacy Training!  Special Education Law & Advocacy Training includes all the content of the live program  ... and more than an hour of bonus content. The content is divided into four programs: two about law; two about advocacy strategies. Each program includes several topics.

Go to for more dates and important special education information!

Sink Your Teeth into Teen Read
Week! October, 2015


The Young Adult Library Services Association
sponsors Teen Read Week each year
to encourage teens to explore and take advantage
of all the great resources libraries have to offer.


¡Colorín Colorado

Welcome to Colorín Colorado, the leading website for teachers and parents of English Language Learners! Here you'll find lots of articles, resources, and ideas to support ELLs at school and at home.  Teachers: Take a look at our For Educators section (also available in Spanish) to find more information about ELLs, teaching reading and content to ELLs, and classroom strategies. Also be sure to check our Topics A to Z section for articles on everything from early literacy and assessment to learning disabilties.  Visit

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   Do you know a child who stutters? Then this book is for you!  Meet Kelly the character of my second book.  She stutters and decides that she will never speak in school again!  Watch as she blooms into a rising star! 

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   I am proud to be a co-author of this new and exciting book,  365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD:  A Full Year of Valuable Tips and Strategies From the World's Best Coaches and Experts.  I joined 80 other experts from around the world to create this book!  Imagine having a tip and/or strategy for ADHD everyday of the year.  Contact me at to purchase this book created with children, parents, caregivers, teachers, therapists and ADHD adults in mind!




A Poem for Everyone Who Has ADHD!

You are amazing. But many don't understand your ADHD mind.
So you can tell them ...

The ADHD mind is no more than this:
A heroic soul born desperately in need of sensation.

To you ... a moment is an eternity, a rule is a tyranny,
a process is a purgatory, a joy is an ecstasy, a daydream is a vision,
a hazard is a playground, silence is suffocation, and completion is

Add to this brutally expansive spirit the overwhelming need to risk,
create, and express --
so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or businesses
or buildings
or something of meaning, your very breath is cut off ...

You must create, must pour out your entire being in creation.
By some strange, unknown, inward urgency you do not feel alive
unless you are intimately involved in the risk of self-expression.

Thank you for having the courage to create.
For without your creations
the world would grow dull and listless
And the rest of us who are like you
would not have your courageous act to lean on
to inspire our own.

Rock on,
Garret LoPorto
Author of The DaVinci Method
http://www.DaVinciMethod.comThe message above by Garret LoPorto is partially
inspired by a poem by Pearl Buck.  This poem is not intended to be an endorsement of the Davinci method.


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Girls with ADHD: Overlooked, Underdiagnosed, and Underserved
Anita Gurian, Ph.D

What happens to the girls? Because they don't disrupt the rest of the class, it may take longer for girls to get a diagnosis of ADHD and to get the help they need. Most of the research has been done with boys, and as many as 50 to 75% of girls with ADHD are missed. Those girls who do get identified are diagnosed on average five years later than boys (boys generally diagnosed at age 7 and girls at age 12). Thus, they lose five critical years during which they could have been getting help. Here's the good news: Educators, mental health researchers, and parents are now becoming aware of the unique needs of girls with ADHD.

How Teachers Can Help—Spotting the Signs in the Classroom?  Teachers should be alert to the specific symptoms of ADHD in girls, such as poor concentration, easy distractibility, difficulty focusing, disorganization (messy backpack, loss of schedules and homework), and forgetfulness (forgetting to hand in papers, take assignments home). Other possible clues include nonstop talking, bossiness, interrupting others, slow to pick up social cues, and difficulty paying attention to multi-step directions.

The Sensitive Teacher Can Use Strategies Such As:

  • seat girl in front of room to make sure her attention is not drifting
  • give her a task to help her refocus
  • have her buddy share
  • teach social conventions explicitly (how to join a group, give a compliment)

To help her organize:

  • give her organizing folders and notebooks
  • break down work into simpler component tasks
  • assign classroom responsibilities to make her feel important
  • teach calming techniques, such as deep breathing and visualization when she's overstimulated

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