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Is your child too busy?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

Busy children are often the result of busy adults.  Being busy is often considered a badge of honor in our modern day, and those values are often placed onto children as well.  Well-meaning parents will also pack a child's schedule with activities in order to keep her out of the wrong peer group or away from excessive video game playing. 

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Topics: parenting, homework, anxiety

When Trying Harder Doesn't Work - Learning Disabilities and Beyond

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 01:11 PM

It is difficult to be positive when a child is struggling in school.  The first assumption when a child is struggling in school normally has to do with effort: This student is not trying hard enough.  Once reaching that conclusion, parents, teachers, and school administrators may take an approach of negative reinforcement and "discipline" to get the "lazy child" to work harder.  

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, expectations, homework, behaviour

Homework: The Great Debate!

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 @ 01:13 PM

This month's focus is on Homework: The Great Debate! If we conducted a survey asking teachers, parents and students the pros and cons of homework, I'm sure the answers would vary greatly, even within each group. I've been involved in the field of education for over 40 years. During that time I've watched philosophical cycles come and go. At this point in history homework is fairly common even in the early grades!


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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, love learning, homework, behaviour

'I Forgot My Homework' - Memory & More

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 09:17 AM

Last week we talked about listening comprehension and the impact it has on schoolwork, homework and daily life as part of our series on homework avoidance. Today we will look at memory and how it can lead to homework avoidance.

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, memory, homework, behaviour

"Are you listening to me?" Verbal Comprehension

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

Do your child’s eyes get glazed over when you’re talking to them? Do they have a hard time following through on instructions you’ve given them? When it comes time to do their homework, are they confused about what they’re supposed to do? Has their teacher commented that they often don’t get started on an assignment but just sit at their desk? All of these may be symptoms of poor listening comprehension.

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, classroom strategies, homework, behaviour, free download, teachers

"But I don't want to do my homework!!!"

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 08:51 AM

How often have you heard these words when homework time rolls around? This month, we’re talking about homework and why children often try to avoid it. Check out our other blogs on homework avoidance and other reasons children dodge homework. The underlying cause for homework avoidance I want to share with you today is: lack of success at school. Spending more time facing that failure is not very motivational.

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, love learning, homework

Homework Is A Waste Of Time!

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jan 03, 2013 @ 10:46 AM

Now before you start looking for pitch forks and torches, let me explain: this is not my personal belief but rather something I hear from my clients on a regular basis. At Breakthroughs in Learning we work with children and adults who struggle to learn, so it’s little surprise that homework is not usually an area of celebration for them. However, my clients aren’t the only ones.  I hear from parents fairly frequently that their children are constantly trying to dodge homework. This marks the start of a series of blogs looking at some of the reasons your children or students may be avoiding homework.

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Topics: parenting, love learning, homework, behaviour, teachers

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