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Metacognition and Comprehension Strategies : Critical for Struggling Readers
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Metacognition and Comprehension Strategies : Critical for Struggling Readers

  As teachers and tutors, you know that we must go beyond helping our students learn to decode and read fluently.  Comprehension is the end goal for all of the instruction and practice that we provide.  BUT how do you know WHAT and HOW to teach in order to help our students improve in this…

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Learning Games Your Kids Will Love
Games | Guide Guide | Tips For Parents

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Learning Games Your Kids Will Love

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is here! Many families have rediscovered the fun of family game night. From board games to card games to jigsaw puzzles, the joy of off-line fun has helped to bring families together. Not only are games fun, but they can also be educational. If you are…

Checking for Mastery In Orton-Gillingham Lessons
assessment | multi-sensory teaching | Orton-Gillingham | Structured Literacy | Uncategorized

Checking for Mastery In Orton-Gillingham Lessons

Teaching to mastery is one of the most important considerations when teaching your students with dyslexia. Striving readers and writers very often find the class and instruction moving forward before they have had a chance to master new concepts. This results in learning gaps. When I encountered this in pupils at school, I would describe…

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Use Decodable Text With Your Students
Decodable Text | decoding | fluency

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Use Decodable Text With Your Students

One thing that I find myself frequently explaining to parents, students, and other teachers is the rationale for using decodable texts. Students are accustomed to using leveled texts in their classrooms and in many school-based interventions that follow and balanced literacy model of instruction. While engaging, there are important reasons why decodable text can be…

Ways To Support Children with Dyslexia During Distance Learning
Distance Learning | Online Tutoring | Tips For Parents

Ways To Support Children with Dyslexia During Distance Learning

During these strange times we live in, many of us are wearing multiple hats. Parent, employee, teacher, student, educational guide. If your child is doing hybrid or remote schooling, then it is highly likely that some adult in your household is overseeing your child’s learning. For children with dyslexia and accompanying challenges, this style of…

Back to School Tips for Structured Literacy Teachers
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Back to School Tips for Structured Literacy Teachers

Late summer means cooler evenings, and back to school. Even for the most seasoned teachers, back to school this year presents many new challenges. Nerves and uncertainty dull the shine of freshly sharpened pencils and new sneakers. The excitement of seeing friends is confused by social distancing requirements, separated cohorts, and face coverings. And holding…