LABELS. They're good. They're bad. They're both. An educator/author writes in Education Week about various perspectives on labels and how they can help or hinder. He cites a study showing that the lack of labels can have a positive impact on educational achievement. In the end he quotes what he says is an old saying in education: "If it's good enough for a special education student, it should be good enough for any student." [And that statement, we think, would be equally as meaningful substituting "2e" for "special education."] The meaning? "Students shouldn't need a label to get good teaching and impactful interventions that will help them become better learners." Read more.
GENDER AND TESTING. The type of question used to measure knowledge in a specific topic might give the advantage to either boys or girls, according to research written up at Journalist's Resource. Math questions? Multiple choice. Advantage, boys. Reading and language? "Constructed response" questions. Advantage, girls. Read more.
GIFTED CHALLENGES. In our last blog we pointed to a post by psychologist Gail Post about the dangers of assuming that a condition like anxiety was the result of giftedness and not the result of another underlying cause that should be attended to. For Mental Health Awareness Month, Post has gathered a number of her writings about topics related to giftedness and various mental health topics. If you haven't been a regular reader of Post -- or if you'd like a refresher -- check out her blog.
TiLT's newest podcast is "Dr. Laura Anderson on Gender Nonconformity and Differently Wired Kids." Find it.
2e2: TEACHING THE TWICE EXCEPTIONAL. If you're in LA, you can get a sneak preview of this film on May 20 at 2 pom at the United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. Producer Tom Ropelewski says that admission is $10 per person, and all are welcome. A Q&A and short reception will follow the showing of the film. Seating is limited, he says, so to reserve a spot please RSVP to Jon Baum.
ANXIETY IN TEENS AND KIDS. Here's another write-up on the role of social media in creating anxiety.
EDUCATION POLICY, LAW. "Full funding" for IDEA. The Feds don't cough up the amounts they promised in order to pay for IDEA in states and districts across the country. Thanks to an interactive map, you can find the shortfall in your state -- money that should be there (but isn't) to help kids like yours. Find the map.
- ASD. A new study analyzing more than 1,000 brain scans reveals surprising new insights into brain networks in people with autism, after applying a new personalized approach to brain mapping. The new approach provides a way to examine the location of individual brain networks with more precision. Find the study write-up.
- OCD. A new study reports that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel more distress when viewing images to provoke OCD-related emotions than their unaffected siblings. Although the unaffected siblings showed lower levels of distress, they had higher levels of brain activity in regions important for attention. The findings suggest that the family members may draw on additional brain resources to compensate for potential abnormalities in emotion regulation. Find the study write-up.
- ADHD. Physician's Briefing says this: "For children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), participation in after-school activities (ASA) is associated with reduced odds of moderate-to-severe ADHD and having seven or more missed school days, according to a study..." Find out more.