INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION

STEPS TO STOP BULLYINGJanuary 2015

Q: During parent-teacher meetings, I had a conversation with my son’s teacher, who told me there is a bullying problem in my son’s class. I was really upset when I heard about the problem. I didn’t want my son to spend his day in a hostile environment. You can imagine my surprise when the teacher Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

THE TAINTED TIARA: THE CLASS QUEEN CRISISOctober 2014

“Leah, I love your hair like that!” “What do you think, Leah? Should I trade my snack with Chavi?” “Do you want to come to my house after school, Leah?” Even though Leah was the most popular, the others didn’t really like her. They were a bit scared of getting on her bad side. Everyone Read More »

PARENTING 101 – ARE YOU A GOOD PARENT?August 2014

It’s the most important job any of us will ever do, and so many of us are clueless. It’s the role that will makea difference for generations, yet there are many who just stumble. “Our parents never took classes on parenting, and we turned out okay,” we say to ourselves. Sure we did. But we Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

QUESTIONS & ANSWERSJune 2014

Q: Lately, I have been having trouble sleeping at night. I get into bed early because I am so tired from my long day at work and with my children, but I cannot sleep. My mind races and I start to think about all the things I did not get done and all the things Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

ADHD AND WOMEN: THE HIDDEN DISORDERFebruary 2014

Picture this: A child is jumping around the room, arms flailing, interrupting the teacher. Is the child male or female? Chances are, you imagined a boy. Why? For years, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been diagnosed as a predominantly male syndrome. While it’s true that the majority of those suffering from ADHD are male, Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

DYSLEXIA AND DYSGRAPHIA: STRUGGLES WITH READING AND WRITINGDecember 2013

Shifra and Sara were neighbors, and their mothers had been getting together before they could even roll over. Now the girls are in second grade. Once, as they were doing their homework together, Sara looked at Shifra’s work and began to giggle “Shifra, your ‘d’ is so funny!” she said. “It looks like a banana.” Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTANDOctober 2013

George Bernard Shaw wrote, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” In other words, the worst miscommunication is when you think you have accurately conveyed something to another person, when in reality, he or she completely missed your point. Communication is a lot more than the words we Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

MOTIVATING THE FRUSTRATED LEARNERAugust 2013

“It’s not my job,” she said. Years ago, while training a new teacher, I began discussing with her the idea of motivation. She began the conversation by saying, “Mrs. Schonfeld, I believe my job is to deliver the information to the students. I will teach phonics, spelling, and how to add and subtract. If they Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

MYTHS OF THE UNMOTIVATED CHILDJune 2013

A few years ago, parents came into my office agonizing over their son David’s behavior. His mother started by saying, “He’s so unmotivated. I can’t get him to get out of bed in time for school. I can’t get him to brush his teeth. And if he does do these simple tasks, he won’t change Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

SEVERE SHYNESS OR ASPERGER’S SYNDROMEApril 2013

Benny’s mother knew he was shy. Since he was about six months old, he would need to meet a person several times before feeling comfortable in his or her arms. As a two-year-old, he would stand outside of loud rooms for a few minutes before entering. As a four-year-old, he would only go to friends’ Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld
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