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The Thinking Cap Newsletter

Volume 9, Issue 2

Spring 2017

A Word From Our Founder

Alexandra Mayzler, Executive Director, Thinking Caps

Greetings from Thinking Caps! We’d like to give you all a warm welcome as you return from Spring Break and transition into school mode. We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable time with friends and family. We are eager to jump back into our usual routine and look forward to supporting a positive and productive end of the year! As always, we are happy to hear from you and welcome any updates or questions as school starts up again. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Spring semester! more

Specialist Spotlight

Stacy Rosenblum, M.A., Learning Specialist

In my work as a learning specialist, I meet many students who are described as “non-traditional” learners, or learning disabled (LD).  These are kids whose IQ tests show them demonstrating strengths in areas of intelligence that are not reflected in school performance.  In 1983, Howard Gardner, the renowned author and professor at Harvard University, bestowed a wonderful gift upon non-traditional learners when he introduced his Theory of Multiple Intelligences. more

You Ask, We Answer!

A student asks: How can I make sure that the notes I’m taking are actually useful? Sometimes I feel like the whole thing is pointless, even though the process takes so much time and effort. read our answer!

Tips and Helpful Hints from Tutors:

"Set goals that are realistic! Also, determine tasks you can complete in your free time, such as reading during a lunch break, or going through a Quizlet while on the train/bus. This will reduce the amount of intense work you need to do at night when you are tired from the school day." - Hannah Borenstein
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Parents' Corner

A parent asks: My daughter is having trouble in her math class and is making very generalized statements about her intelligence like “I’ll never be good at math, I’m just not a good math student” and “I can’t do this, my brain doesn’t understand this type of thing. I’m never going to get A’s in this class.” I think often girls are subtly (or not so subtly) told that they cannot naturally excel at math and science, and that narrative may be affecting her. I wonder how I can prevent her from resorting to such sweeping statements about herself. Both me and her teachers feel that she has the potential to excel in math and I want her to enjoy the challenge of math instead of berating herself. What should I do? our answer