Special Needs – 1- Applying Strategies and Best Practices


As an educator I am constantly learning and growing.  I would like to share with you what I am learning through my Special Needs 1 training to help you as a parent or educator think of strategies and best practices to help your child(ren) reach their academic potential.  The following students are fictional characters.

Scenario 1

Imagine that you are Joyce.

Joyce has accommodations for an Emotional/Behavioral Disorder. Her mother informed you that Joyce’s specific diagnosis is Anxiety and Depression, and she sometimes does not respond well to correction. She plagiarized a large section of her essay for your class this week.

How would you handle this situation?

Let’s first think about the difficulties Joyce might be experiencing as an online student with Emotional/Behavioral Disorder.  She has a hard time adhering to acceptable rules of online etiquette, etc..  She might also be struggling with feelings of depression over low grades or feelings of being overwhelmed with work when viewing the schedule all at once which is why she might have plagiarized.  Since she is online and as a teach you are unable to read her facial expressions or body language in class, it would be hard to know that unless the student told you and with her anxiety, she would NOT want to tell you because of the internal struggles she might be dealing with.

So how can we help Joyce?  

We can help Joyce by avoiding direct confrontations: rather, state the issue
objectively and provide them with a choice or suggested course of action to correct it . Suggest strategies to get started on doing the essay again and communicate what she should do in the future if she needs help so that she does not feel the need to plagiarize again.  I would then address it, document it, and move on.

Scenario 2


How about if you were Hopper?

Hopper has an IEP with accommodations for Dysgraphia. Your class requires written reports in each unit on various topics. Hopper expresses concern over his grade in your class because of the written reports. You know Hopper is putting forth effort, but he still is not passing your class. He asks what he can do to improve his grade.

How do you respond?

Since Hopper has dysgraphia Hopper has difficulties such as omitting words or letters, not completing words or sentences once started, not following proper grammar and spelling conventions, difficulty copying written items or diagrams or taking notes or thinking while writing.

So how can we help Hopper?  

To help Hopper I would allow him to use the video or audio tool in the online course to present projects, assignments, or assessments orally.  I would encourage him to show mastery using other modes rather than written expression.  Finally, I would provide copies of instructional materials not included in the content specific to helping him with the written reports.

Does your child or student struggle with a learning disability and you need specific strategies to help them?  Click here to check out the Specific Strategies Chart.



2019 Standardized Testing Dates



The Study Hall Education Consulting Company will be administering the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) during the following dates:

  • May 20-22, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 3rd Grade – 8th Grade


The cost for our location, materials, results AND administration of the test is listed below for Group Testing. EPIC HSN members receive a 10% discount on all testing.

  • K5–3rd grade students- $100 for the first child, $80 for each subsequent child.
  • Grades 4–12 students- $80 for the first child, $60 for each subsequent child.
  • Special Needs students must be administered separately – $150 each child.

Preparation materials for the ITBS can be found at


South Cobb Regional Library located at 805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126.


To register please email Andrea Hall at

Registration must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the testing dates.

Happy Pi Day

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Sometimes it’s hard to find math in the Bible but when you start training yourself to look, you’d be amazed of how much you’ll find.

Today is March 14 and as a mathematician I could not let the day go by without talking about pi. Pi is the Greek name of the symbol that represents the irrational number π that we truncate to 3.14. Today is 3/14…get it 😁.

But where did pi come from? The abbreviated version is that around 250 BC the Greek mathematician Archimedes created an algorithm for calculating it.  HOWEVER, civilizations including Egyptians and Babylonians were calculating it WAY before that.

In fact it’s in the Bible! In 1 Kings 7:23  it states “And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about…and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about” (KJV).

You see pi is the ratio of the Circumference (the distance AROUND the circle) to the diameter (the distance across the middle of the circle).

In 1 Kings 7:23  the “ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about” lets us know the diameter is 10 cubits. The phrase “…and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about” let’s us know the Circumference is 30 cubits.

To calculate pi we would do C/d and get 30/10=3. It is also known as pi at 3.

What you will notice is that this number is not quite pi but perform this experiment with a variety of circles and you will notice a pattern of 3.14…. emerging.

Try it out and let me know!

Here is a link to local pi deals today!

NASA Renames Facility after a Hidden Figure in Black History


According to CNN,  The Independent Verification and Validation Facility has been renamed the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in honor of Katherine Johnson, a hidden figure in African American history.

Katherine Johnson was one of the main characters portrayed in the movie Hidden Figures which was nominated as the Best Motion Picture of the Year which was based on the book by that same title by Margot Lee Shetterly. (Download a Movie Analysis and Film Review Here or the Reading Guide for the Young Readers’ Edition Here)

Katherine Johnson is the mathematician behind calculating trajectories for the shuttle launches.  She has published over 26 scientific papers and is considered a pioneer in space science and computing.

According to an oral history archived by the National Visionary Leadership Project:

At first she [Johnson] worked in a pool of women performing math calculations. Katherine has referred to the women in the pool as virtual “computers who wore skirts”. Their main job was to read the data from the black boxes of planes and carry out other precise mathematical tasks. Then one day, Katherine (and a colleague) were temporarily assigned to help the all-male flight research team. Katherine’s knowledge of analytic geometry helped make quick allies of male bosses and colleagues to the extent that, “they forgot to return me to the pool”. While the racial and gender barriers were always there, Katherine says she ignored them. Katherine was assertive, asking to be included in editorial meetings (where no women had gone before). She simply told people she had done the work and that she belonged. (Oral History Archive: Katherine Johnson”National Visionary Leadership Project. 2005. Retrieved December 29, 2016.)

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  • Action Items
  • Audio Tracks to you can listen while you work
  • Templates for Routines, Schedules and Calendars
  • Templates for Attendance, Report Card and Transcripts
  • Steps and Tools to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum

You will also find additional tools such as samples of lunch menus and other resources to get your home and school running smoothly.

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Hidden Figures in African American History

220px-percy_lavon_julianA lot of students know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X and Rosa Parks.  However, there are so many hidden figures in African American history.  One hidden figure is Percy Julian.

Percy Julian is to soybean, what George Washington Carver is to the peanut.   He made several discoveries from the soybean one of which is how we synthetically make hormones such as progesterone and testosterone.

He was one of the first African-American chemists elected to the National Academy of the Sciences, in 1973. He was elected to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1990, and in 1999 his synthesis of physostigmine was recognized by the American Chemical Society as “one of the top 25 achievements in the history of American chemistry” (
Percy Julian received more than 130 chemical patents n.d. 20 May 2016). However, that does not compare the number of lives he saved and health regained by countless individuals.

Julian said “I have had one goal in my life, that of playing some role in making life a little easier for the persons who come after me” (Lisa Yount).

Join us this February for Hidden Figures in African American History: A Book Study & Film Review  as we uncover other hidden figures in African and African American History while unlocking your child’s reading comprehension, writing and artistic skills.  To learn more click here.


My Passions Aligned

One of my passions in addition to teaching is creating!  From a child I could be found drawing or writing.  I loved to do both.  For a long time I wanted to be an artist or an art teacher when I grew up.   Then I thought about being an English teacher because I loved writing.  In the end I ended up being… a math teacher!  Weird huh!

But I really love teaching that too!

One of my biggest thrills is being able to teach the courses I design on Outschool.

foundations of algebra

Since I started my teaching career I decided that I wanted to get back to creating so I took my passion for writing and my background in mathematics and received a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in 2011.  Since then I have designed curriculum for school districts such as Fresno County School District, private schools like Oaks Christian Academy and public virtual schools like Georgia Virtual School.

Recently I re-launched my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  My mission is to create a love for learning, one equation at time.

There you can find book study guides, graphic organizers and other helpful handouts.

For example, we have a Reading Guide and Movie Analysis for the book Hidden Figures.


If you are looking for something in particular, let me know here.


I look forward to providing products and  services to help your child reach their academic potential!



New Year, New Goals

12 Week Year Template Cover


As we come to the end of one year and approach the beginning of a new, you might find yourself looking back at what you have accomplished this year.  How did you do your New Year Resolutions?  Did you meet them all?

If you didn’t, consider taking a different approach for the new year.  Instead of looking at it as 12 months, look at your goals for 12 weeks!  This is exactly what Brian P. Moran and Michael Lunnington describe in their book The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks then Others Do in 12 Months. According to the authors “The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.”

In my own experience, when I implemented the 12 Week Year I found that I was more focused on what needed to be accomplished. I created a 12 Week Year Template to help keep me on task and it worked well.  The Weekly Accountability Meetings that I had with a close friend really helped me to keep moving towards my goals.  I won’t lie, the system is simple yet tough because there will be times when you don’t feel like it and you don’t want to OR life gets in the way.  We stopped the system for a time but I noticed that I had fallen off track and I have since resumed.

I would encourage anyone to use this system coupled with Michael Hyatt’s Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals to help you as you prepare for a new you in the New Year!

If you need more clarity and direction, consider joining us for our Create a SMARTER Vision Board webinar.  Learn more here.



Math Memory System

Math Memory System


Does your child have problems remembering math facts?   Here is a simple system derived from the Scripture Memory System to help improve your child’s memory one day at a time.

First you would need to gather your materials.

Math Memory System Materials

Setting Up Dividers

Next, you would set up your dividers.  Labeling them Daily, Even, Odd, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  You would then label the remaining cards from 1 – 31.

Creating Your Index Cards

Third, you would create your index cards. Your index cards would have the math facts that you need your child to remember.  For example, the multiplication tables.

The most important thing to remember about the Math Memory System is that your child needs to create the index cards!  The process of actually writing down the facts will help your child as they are learning it so don’t write down the facts for them.  Help make sure it is correct but let THEM do it.

How it Works

Finally, after you have created your index cards, put the first set under the DAILY tab and review that until it is memorized.  After it is memorized, place a check and move it back to the EVEN or ODD tab (you choose one or the other).  Once one set of index cards is moved back and the DAILY divider is free, move a new fact into it’s slot.  I explain this further in the video found here .

Every day you will review index cards from the DAILY divider, EVEN/ODD divider, DAYS OF THE WEEK divider (SUN, MON, TUES, WED, THURS, FRI, SAT), and DATES OF THE MONTH divider (1, 2, 3, 4, … 31).   This is a total of 4 math facts reviewed each day.  So if today is Monday, September 17 you would read the index cards behind the DAILY divider, the ODD divider since 17 is an odd number, the MON divider since today is Monday and the 17 divider since today is the 17th.  When you first begin, you will not have index cards under all these dividers but you will build up to it.

Watch and Learn

Sometimes seeing it is better than reading it so watch this video to learn more:

Download the Handout

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Let us know what you think in the comments below.


Special Rolling Enrollment

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We are opening up a special rolling enrollment for new students.  Here are the details!

Expires 12/31/2018

Tuition and Fees

The registration fee is a non-refundable $75 . Monthly Tuition is $129/month due within the first 14 days of acceptance and on the first day of the month.

Additional siblings get a 10% discount on all levels. 

What You Get

24/7 Curriculum

We use Ignitia Course Catalog as our online curriculum provider. To view the course catalog click here. (Up to 4 subjects per semester)

Live Learning

In addition to 24/7 access to curriculum, your child will benefit from weekly live learning lessons via our Zoom platform featuring special topics like Bible, Study Skills, Writers Workshop, African American History Highlights, Work Education and Service Projects.

Reporting and Record Keeping

We provide you with final reporting to help you meet your Homeschool Requirements and keep you up to date with your records.

Academic Support

You get access to academic support via email or phone.

Parental Involvement

It is our desire to encourage family unity.  God’s original design was that the family to be the school and the parents the teachers.  While we understand the need for parents to work, we want to encourage the family structure as much as possible.  As a result, parents are required to volunteer for at least one weekly Friday Online Assembly each quarter at The Study Hall Homeschool Academy.


You will need the following:

  • Reliable access to the internet
  • Computer/Laptop with microphone and webcam
  • Google Email
  • Additional Materials List will be supplied by the instructor as necessary.

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