Category Archives: Learning Differences

“P” is for Parsimonious Perspicacious Panda-monium

Consider Tony looking at the “p” that his kindergarten teacher has gracefully written on the whiteboard. “Panda,” she says; “Papa.” As the other children look and listen appreciatively, Tony sees the “P” shift and transform. The “p” becomes a “b.” Wait a minute: Is that a “p” or a “b”? That “b” can’t be for…Read the full article

The Power of Forgetting and an Introduction to Procrastinators Anonymous

Nobody ever, having just given birth, started talking about subsequent labor to produce siblings for the newborn. “I’ll never do this again” or the less articulate “You’ll never touch me again” are more often heard in labor and delivery. A big head relative to birth canal size may be an adaptive advantage, but the mother…Read the full article

Helga and the Missing Umlaut

One of my favorite students came to me late in her senior year for some guidance about her admissions essays for college. We had a productive chat. We talked about “show don’t tell” and about “hidden agenda.” I advised her to make her personal statement, well, personal, and to avoid using “plethora,” “esoteric,” and other…Read the full article