Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

These Visual Supports Work GREAT for Two Common Spelling Rules!

Happy 4th of July holiday for my US subscribers!  I hope this summer has been full of rest, relaxation and renewal for you! You know I’m always a sucker for an AWESOME visual support, so I’ve got two that work wonders with my students!  They are so memorable that they are easy to “picture” even if they are not in front of the student. Just last week, one of my […]

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Check Out How Your Tutoring Session Can Be More Successful with This Addition!

Sometimes the only difference between an OK session with your student and a GREAT session with your student is the reinforcer you use.  I recently assessed some elementary students on their reading skills who struggle with an emotional disability.  During the first session, I just brought my assessment materials and used lots of positive comments and encouragement.  The sessions went just ok for some students, but it was a bit […]

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Decodable Books: FREE Online Until School is Out!

Decodable Books. Something that there is NOT enough of!  We have started doing Fundations in our school district that has been FANTASTIC. This Phonics and Word Study Tier 1 Reading has an Orton-Gillingham approach that involves a systematic, cumulative, mulit-sensory approach to teaching reading.   It plays fair with students! Students are doing better in this program during a pandemic on a 4-day a week in-person schedule than they did in […]

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Get Out of the Vocabulary Rut with a Vocabulary Continuum!

The staff in one of our buildings was asked to do a few bus rides with students from some of our poorer neighborhoods in an effort to make some relationship connections.  I decided to participate in this effort.  On my very first ride, I sat with two young students who were in 1st and 2nd grade.  I noticed that they both had on nail polish, so I decided to engage […]

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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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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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