Monday, May 28, 2012

Learning Differences Defined

Dear Friends,
     Below is a list of learning issues that are often seen in schools. Below, we offer websites that have great definitions as well as characteristics and accommodations. What we know is that many students who are very intelligent and successful often have learning differences. These students are a great success because they have learned how to learn for life - and they teach us how to learn better too.

     What you will find is that many of these learning differences overlap with one another or exist simultaneously. The differences between them can often be subtle but can be delineated by a psychologist, neurologist, audiologist or other outside professionals certified in psycho-educational testing and other testing specific to each of the issues.
We hope that you will the information below helpful. Please share with us any resources that you find valuable - it is always good to have more resources. Thank you!
Kimberly Borin
Kim Turse

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Importance of Play

Dear Friends,

Here is a nice article on the importance of PLAY!

Best wishes to you and your family for a great Memorial Day weekend!

Most Sincerely,
Kimberly Borin

Monday, May 21, 2012

Learning Specialist's Biographies

Dear Friends,
     Please find below our professional biographies.
Thank you!
Kim Turse
Kimberly Borin

Kimberly Turse, Ed.M.
     Mrs. Kimberly Turse has been working in education for the last 16 years. She has taught regular and special education in grades K – 12. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher since 2000. Kim holds a Principal’s and Supervisor’s Certification. She earned a B.A. from Rutgers University in Psychology and Education. She continued her education at Rutgers University and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. She has won several grants over the years. The last grant (2010) was a $3500 grant through Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program.
     Kim has presented at the NJASCD Best Practices Workshop, as well as in many school districts. She has contributed to the Distinguished Education Program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University as a Content Specialist. She is very involved with her community and volunteers as a Brownie leader, Cub Scout Leader and in a local Junior Women’s Club Organization. She is married and has a son, age 11 and a daughter, age 7. She is excited about working with the many wonderful students, parents and staff at Gill St. Bernard’s.

Kimberly Ann Borin, Ed.D.
     Dr. Kimberly Borin has been working in education since 1989 and has served as an elementary school teacher, as well as elementary and high school counselor. She earned her doctorate from Rutgers University in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education in 2005. She earned a Masters of Education in College Counseling and Student Personnel Administration from the University of Delaware in 1989 and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership in 2010 from Centenary College.
     She has worked with children in South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and as Fulbright Group Scholar in Swaziland. She is a yoga teacher certified in Ananda Yoga, Karma Kids Yoga and recently Laughter Yoga! She designs programs that help children explore and experience a deeper connection with the natural world. In addition, she creates and teaches relaxation skills and story writing programs to everyone from Pre-School to Graduate School. She is very grateful to be working with the amazing students, families, and faculty of Gill St. Bernard’s.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Inspiring Resources

Helpful Websites and Articles:
Below are some educational websites and articles that we use.  They have great information for everyone.
Accelerated Reader Book Information
Brain Based Learning
Counseling Associations 
Children, Coping, and Stress
Educational Initiatives
Feelings/Mental Health 
Gender Differences in Learning
Learning and Art
Learning and Movement
Learning and Music
Learning Differences
Multiple Intelligence
Notes in the Classroom for Students with Learning Differences
Nutrition for Learning
Other Education Topics and Websites
Study Skills
Transition Issues for Changing Schools and Grades
Vocabulary - Studying/Learning Vocabulary
Resource Books:
  • Crossman, A. (2011). Study Smart, Study Less. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.
  • Dawson, P. and Guare, R. (2009).  Smart, But Scattered. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Dennison, P.E., and Dennison, G.E. (2010). Brain Gym, Teacher’s Edition.  Ventura, CA: Hearts at Play.   
  • Elias, M.J., and Arnold, H. Eds. (2006). The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.   
  • Jensen, E. (2008). Brain-Based Learning, The New Paradigm of Teaching.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.   
  • Jensen, E. (2003). Student Success Secrets. NY: Barron's Educational Series.
  • Muchnick, C.C. (2011). The Everything Guide to Study Skills. Massachusetts: Adams Media.

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Letter from the Learning Specialists

Dear Friends,
     As the year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to say "Thank You."  We are so grateful for you, your students and the amazing teachers at Gill St. Bernard's School.  Thank you so much for all that you have given to us and to your students too.  We want to wish you a wonderful remainder of the school year.  Please let us know if you need anything at all!
Kimberly Borin
Kim Turse