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The Best Little DATA TRACKER You’ll Ever Find!

No matter what changes in the world of special education, there is one thing that never changes….keeping track of data!!! UGH!  It’s such a chore and not fun, so can you imagine that I’ve discovered something that can make it fun? I must send a shout out to Holly Foltz, one of our teachers who works with our students on the autism spectrum!  I stopped by her school to talk […]

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The Best Visual Supports for Comprehension, Writing Assignments and Study Guides Ever!

Happy New Year!  I welcome 2021 with open arms and all kinds of excitement for his new year!  I hope you have weathered this storm and are looking forward to getting the classroom back to normal as soon as possible! I feel that I don’t see visual supports for writing as often as I see other kinds of things.  Do you agree?  When I saw the ideas and strategies provided […]

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The Best Strategy to Teach A Multi-Step Task!

Independence is one of the top goals we have for our students with special needs.  How do you do that when sometimes the task has several steps?  You need to build confidence one step at a time. Here’s the way I can relate to this concept.  I’m OK with technology, but I’m not a tech wiz.  I learn what I need, but I don’t spend hours playing around with technology […]

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Are You Using These Assistive Technology Tools to Keep Students from Falling Behind?

Some of us are tech savvy and some of us are not.  I think I’m somewhere in-between but there is one thing that is certain.  If you are not using technology to make sure struggling students are getting curriculum at their instructional level, you need to ask for help. Don’t just ignore what technology can do for those students who are not yet competent readers, yetbright and capable learners. Take […]

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How to Get Struggling Readers to “Hear” Short Vowel Sounds!!!

About five years ago I worked with a middle school student with Down Syndrome on reading decoding.  She had the worst time trying to sound out simple CVC words when I realized she just couldn’t hear the word she was decoding. I tried something to get my student to help her figure out what she was sounding out, not knowing that it was already “out there” as a strategy in […]

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Use Picture Notes to Help Struggling Readers with Comprehension!

Here we go for 2020!  I’m excited to start a new year of ideas, strategies and resources for you!!  As you know, I’ve been giving tons of information for the past several months for your struggling readers! I’ve got more reading strategies coming but don’t worry, I plan to continue to include ideas for other areas of concerns for your child/student with special needs!  Reading comprehension is always the goal […]

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Do You Know How To Do a Word Chain for Fluency?

Helping students to become more fluent in their reading probably isn’t the most fun to work on but it is essential to building good reading skills!  For me, if a strategy is effective, I love using it. I am tutoring a first grade student this year and I’ve tried word chains with him. It’s such a joy for me when he says things like, ” I can do this!” or […]

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EASY, EASY Fluency Strategy for Children Who Struggle!

Just so you know, there are some really good fluency programs/kits out there (Wilson has one!), but if you don’t have the luxury of purchasing one, you have options! I have three fluency strategies that I want to share for some DYI ideas.  I am sharing one of them with you today! Keep in mind that this vital foundation piece for reading must be part of your instruction so that […]

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Two Visuals for Helping Young Students Write Letters!

If you have watched a student in early elementary formulating his/her letters, it’s painful to see!  In fact, if you watch older students who got caught up in the period of time that handwriting was not a priority, that too is a struggle for me to watch. I’ve got a couple of visuals for you that I’ve learned from two organizations that teach the Orton-Gillingham multisensory approach to reading! Teach […]

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14 Reasons Why You Should Teach Cursive!

I have a question for you.  Is cursive writing gone?  What are your thoughts on this? For me, there’s nothing more delightful than gorgeous penmanship.  You’ve been hearing about the amazing training I went through this past summer when I learned how to implement the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.  Something else I learned from Janet George was the 12 reasons why we should be teaching cursive writing.  It all made […]

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