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Susan Kruger Winter, M.Ed.

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 7): Journey of a Reading Teacher

August 9, 2011

It was my husband who first suggested I go for a reading degree when I entered grad school. “Are you kidding?” I replied.  “I HATE teaching reading!” It was August and we were on a road trip, heading home after camping for a week on Michigan’s west coast.  I was supposed to start grad school…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 6):
Why Reading Level Is Overrated

August 3, 2011

One year, when teaching third-grade, I had a half-dozen students enter my class with a “documented” reading level of 7th grade or higher. These reading levels were determined by their second-grade teacher, after she completed her end-of-year testing. Naturally, these parents wanted to be sure their children would continue to be challenged. Several of them…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 5): What Do I Do? Where Do I Go?

August 3, 2011

A subscriber from St. Louis emailed me a couple weeks ago. She feels her son had a reading disability and was wondering what she should do next. Should she seek a tutor? If so, where could she find one? How could she get a diagnosis? Her questions address the next logical topic to discuss in…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 4): “He’s Just Not Tryin'”

August 3, 2011

We all have our little nuances and idiosyncrasies. One of mine is my “Rule of Three.” That is, when something comes to my attention three times in a relatively short span of time, I take notice and wonder if the world is trying to tell me something. The Rule of Three has helped me navigate…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 3): When Mistakes are Golden

August 3, 2011

By now, you may be getting a little “tired” of all of this talk about cueing systems, but these first three articles are synthesizing what I believe to be the most significant information about the reading process. Out of the thousands of hours of training I have had between my master’s degree, several years of…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 2): Cueing Into a Problem / The Most Important Cueing System in Reading

August 3, 2011

What Is The Most Important Cueing System In Reading? When I ask this question in training sessions (typically for highly experienced teachers), the response from 90% of them is, “Visual!” Then, I open my PowerPoint and display this message: I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. It is the phaonmneal…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 1): The Three Cueing Systems of Reading

August 3, 2011

Zimulis. What is this word? How do you say it? How would it fit in a sentence? What is it describing? Do you have ANY ideas? Does this help…“I misplaced my trusty zimulis”? Now you know that a zimulis is a noun. Whatever it is, it’s “trusty,” so maybe it is some type of electronic…

Introduction to “The Cue to Reading” Series

August 3, 2011

  My son, Mark, was diagnosed with dyslexia two weeks ago. As you may have read in previous articles, we had some struggles with his principal and reading teachers and had to pull him from a school that we otherwise loved (with a “main” classroom teacher that we adored and who adored Mark). Mark started…

My Radio Interview – How to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

August 3, 2011

How do you avoid the “brain drain” over the summer? This is the question I was asked to explore recently on the internet radio show, “What Really Matters.” You can access the full podcast from here: The show hosts, Vicky and Jen, are women after my own heart because they focus on REAL and…

Tutoring: A 5-Billion Dollar Business!

August 3, 2011

This week’s article is for you if you are a tutor or have thought about becoming one. It is estimated that parents in the United States spend $5-8 billion a year on private tutoring! Tutors can charge anywhere from $30-$90 an hour, depending on their location and specialty. If you haven’t thought of becoming a…

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