blog 13.10.25“Have you ever dreamed that you were flying?”  The question was posed to Springer students at a recent assembly, kicking off a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on our campus. Daniel Dancer, artist, photographer, activist, and visionary, brought his craft and philosophy to students and staff, as we each became a single drop of black paint in a “painting” of our mascot, the Springer Eagle – a painting best viewed from atop a 50-foot crane.


blog 13.10.21Interestingly enough, the notion of individual brains “learning differently” has been around since 1877, when German neurologist Adolf Kaussamaul used the term “word blindness” to describe “a complete text blindness...although the power of sight, the intellect and the powers of speech are intact.” Research in this field continued through the 1800-1900’s, with the term and definition of learning disability actually being coined by Samuel Kirk in 1963.


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Did you know that October is Learning Disability Awareness Month? Well, now you are aware.  Literally, that is the first step to understanding anything – to be aware that a situation or fact exists. 


blog 13.10.7Ready....Set....Conference! 


blog 13.10.3Homework left at home. Baseball practice with no cleats. Lunch left on the counter. Another missed music lesson.


blog 13.10.1Zach sits at his assigned table, waiting patiently for apple juice to be poured for him and his tablemates. On the tiny plate in front of him, a handful of pretzels and a half cheese stick await. Everyone, including Zach, must wait to begin eating until they are all served, and the students responsible for snack delivery have returned to the table. Waiting is hard for Zach.


blog 9.10.13At this time of year, magazines and blogs are filled with back-to-school topics.  3 Ways to Get Organized Quick!,  5 Ways to Start the School Year Out Right. I clicked on one blog post about getting and staying organized, just to find eight “sponsored” screens of advertisement with everything from Organized Living’s filing systems to JC Penney’s underwear.  Really, not that helpful...


blog photoThe other morning I peeked into my daughter’s bathroom to flip off the light she inadvertently left on. I had to laugh as I gazed at the mirror littered with sticky notes. One was a “To Do” list, capturing three or four critical things she needed to accomplish for the day. I had to wonder if she perhaps forgot to take it with her when she left. A second note read, *BE impeccable with my word. *Don't Make Assumptions. *Don't take anything personally. *Always do your best.