blog 14.11.10Providing rewards and recognition for students’ accomplishments can be a tricky issue.  It can motivate a child to accomplish day-to-day goals; or it can discourage if they feel they can never reach the reward. 

The goal is to make the focus of reward effort, rather than outcome or performance.


blog 14.11.3“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”       ~  Denis Waitley


blog 14.10.29In previous posts, I’ve been looking at strategies for working smarter, not harder. Here are several ways to apply that thinking to studying and preparing for tests.

Identify WHAT to study


blog 14.10.23In my last blog post, I asked some questions that address “smart” strategies for success with homework, classwork, and studying for tests and quizzes. If the answer to any of those questions was, “I have no idea!” read on for some great ideas. 

Try these WORKING SMARTER strategies for organizing homework:


blog 14.10.21“I just don’t understand. My child spends hours on homework, and studying for tests, and still does poorly. It seems that every year the homework load increases. She’s starting to give up. How can I help her?”

This is a recurring theme, affecting many children who struggle with learning and/or attentional issues.  There are several reasons children find limited success with homework and tests. 


blog 14.10.16Being your child’s strongest advocate and biggest cheerleader is simply what you are, right? You know her strengths, challenges, likes and dislikes, and temperament. It just stands to reason that you would naturally be a part of the team supporting academic and social-emotional growth. In our last blog we discussed “CHEER” as a way to support executive function success throughout the school year. Need an executive function refresher? 


blog 14.10.14Parents and students often start the school year off hopeful that with focus and hard work, success will surely follow.


blog 14.5.21aAs I was writing my last blog on text-to-speech options for reading, I suddenly got very excited about my next blog post. I had gone through a very simple management process regarding the article I referred to in my post, and feel it is important to share it with the Springer family of blog readers. 


blog 14.5.19So what are ways teachers and parents can provide listening options to children who experience reading difficulty? The following is an outline of Redford’s ideas from research, as well as practices used at Springer School and Center:


blog 14.5.16In a recent article posted by The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Kyle Redford, YCDC Education Editor, gives educators the charge of getting students reading. What makes something that should be obvious, revolutionary? Redford makes the argument that reading DOES NOT need to be done exclusively with the eyes, but can also be done using the ears.