Tutoring isn’t what I thought I’d be doing in 2010!

In the 1999/2000 school year, I was head of the middle school program at a small private school in north GTA, responsible for developing curriculum, supervising teachers, running the library.  I was also teaching English, French, history, geography and guidance to an energetic group of mixed grade (7/8) and mixed ability (from gifted to academically-challenged) … Continue reading

Teaching All the Children with Special Needs

“No two children are alike. No two children learn in the identical way.” ~ Dr. Marian C. Diamond We hear a lot in the news about differentiated instruction and special programming in schools. And when we hear those terms, we often think of children with special needs, such as those with specific learning disabilities, or … Continue reading

My child doesn’t read as well as the others. Is she okay?

I get a lot of calls from parents whose children are struggling with reading. Many of those parents are surprised that reading doesn’t come naturally to their child – because the parent learned easily. The truth is that reading is not a natural activity. We think reading is natural because it is a language-based activity. … Continue reading