Category: Wild Card

Random bits that just don’t fit anywhere else.

Which Skill Comes First in Good Reading Instruction?

When it comes to good reading instruction I often make the case for teaching students phonemic awareness BEFORE teaching phonics.   If you need a quick refresher about the difference between those confusing reading skills,  review the basics in Phonemes vs Phonemic Awareness vs Phonological Awareness and Why it Matters to You.  In short, phonemic …

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Creating a Safe Space to Learn

Does your child have a safe space to learn?  When I talk about roadblocks to learning I usually talk about learning differences.  An entirely different kind of roadblock to learning comes when children feel unsafe.   Both physical safety and emotional safety are important in any learning environment.     When we feel unsafe our …

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The Reading Brain and Why Multisensory Learning Works

Here we all are, walking around with our own versions of a reading brain.  As a species, humans haven’t been reading for very long.  Oh, only for about six-thousand years or so.  According to evolution, that’s not nearly long enough for our brains to have developed one specific region dedicated to the act of reading. …

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Educating Teachers About Dyslexia – A Paradigm Shift

Dyslexia education often fails to reach teachers in the general education system.  Yet what we don’t know about dyslexia CAN hurt us.  More precisely, what teachers don’t know about dyslexia hurts our students.  When students with dyslexia and other learning differences pass from grade to grade without learning how to read, or to write, or …

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The Science of Reading – Trendy Trap or Trusted Term

As far as trendy educational terms go, the “science of reading” sounds hopeful, promising, optimistic.  It suggests a pendulum shift in classroom reading instruction, one that returns the focus toward data-driven, science-backed strategies that help children become strong readers.     As we know, change is hard.  Complete paradigm shifts, even harder.  No surprise, then, …

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The Comeback Kid of Effective Reading Instruction

Reading instruction doesn’t often grab headlines in mainstream media.  More and more news outlets across the country, though, report on a growing shift in reading instruction in early education.  That’s good news.  Even better is the welcome return of phonemic awareness and phonics, key building blocks of good, effective reading instruction.  Good for students AND …

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Help Struggling Learners Improve Auditory Memory – Free Video Training

Why should parents and educators help struggling learners improve auditory memory? This free auditory memory video training answers that question, and more.     For instance… What role does auditory memory play in a child’s ability to read and learn? Why is auditory memory development so important? How do we know if underdeveloped auditory memory …

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