Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

The Easiest Way to Teach Students How to Count Syllables!

Sometimes strategies come along and you wonder why you didn’t think of that!  The strategy I’m showing you today is one of those!  Actually this video takes 2 minutes from start to finish, which may be a record for Behavior Communicates! Take a look! I told you it was fast and simple!  If you have a better, quicker way to get the same thing done, please share! Enjoy this one! […]

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Use Tapping to Help Make Decoding Words “Sticky”

We know that when teaching reading, a multi-sensory approach is the best way to help students to get information and make it stick especially for students with a specific learning disability.   One of those multi-sensory strategies is tapping. What is tapping?  It’s a strategy using your fingers to make sure students understand the 1:1 correspondence of the number of phonemes in a word or syllable. Take a look! Stay tuned […]

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A Multi-Sensory Rainbow Alphabet

If you’ve got students who can’t seem to remember their letters, perhaps they’re telling you they need something more.  Perhaps they need something that can tap into any and all modalities that they need to learn. If so, then you are going to want to know about the Rainbow Alphabet.  You’re going to ask, “Does it work because the students can visualize the different letters better?”  Or you might ask, “Does it […]

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A Tool That You Can Use to Calculate the Level of Any Reading Material!

Have you ever assigned some kind of reading material to a student and wondered if it was the correct reading level for that child?  Have you ever wondered why your child or student was struggling to read something that was supposedly at his/her reading level? Now you have a way to Make Sure what your student is reading is at least ”playing fair” because the text is at the correct reading level that […]

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Double Dosing for Students Who are Significantly Behind in Reading!

A sense of urgency, time is of the essence, get ‘er done is the theme of today’s video!  We have too many students come in to our schools already at a deficit because they come from an impoverished home environment.  Parents who mainly interact with their children for what is called “command and control” which basically means they don’t do much communicating with their children outside of keeping them in line […]

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Intensive Reading Interventions for Secondary Students!

I am very aware that once students get into high school, the stakes are high. Traditionally, the focus is on passing classes with graduation as the end goal.  All efforts go into helping students meet course requirements, which includes getting homework done, studying for the tests and quizzes.  Little time if any is left over for any continuation of closing the gap on any lagging reading skills. I have and will forever […]

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The Best Reading Program for Students Who Need a Whole Word Approach!

Finding the right curriculum for a student is one of the most important keys to academic success.  The hard part is finding good options for your students because not all students learn in the same way. I was once told by our district’s reading specialist that no matter what reading curriculum is selected to use for students in the general education classrooms, there will be approximately 20% of those students who will […]

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How to Teach Children to Use Their Schema for Reading Comprehension!

You know how much I LOVE visuals! I especially love it when I can use concrete items to teach a concept. When you have a strong visual like this, you’ve got a winner! I found today’s 3D example in a book by Tanny McGreager called Comprehension Connections. This is just one more great example from her book that I’m excited to share. She uses several very creative, concrete examples and […]

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Did You Know There IS a Curriculum to Teach Phonemic Awareness?

I’m always looking for foundation pieces that can help teachers with a scope and sequence in a solid curriculum. I feel that when you have a tool like this, teachers feel more confident with filling in the gaps and showing great progress. I recently had a conversation with one of our literacy instructors who mentioned to me that teachers typically send struggling readers to her asking for her help without […]

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Have You Seen These Itty Bitty Libraries?

Children’s literature is one of my favorite things. The richness of the words on the page, the creative illustrations, the joy that reading and being read to for a child is priceless. Children who are exposed to books early tend to be much more ready for school than children who grow up in homes without books. As you know! I’ve made home visits to families where there is not a […]

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