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Why We Can’t See Our Own (Writing) Mistakes

July 22, 2018

Just a few weeks ago, we ordered some new return address labels. See anything wrong?  About 100 went out before we caught the mistake. Oops! And, every so often, we publish an email or blog post with a typo or two. Oops! In our company, we all live and breathe the content we publish. Every single…

Cue to Reading: How to Identify & Fix Any Reading Challenge…Quickly!

July 15, 2013

My latest eBook, “Cue to Reading: How to Identify & Fix Any Reading Challenge…Quickly!”, is available on Kindle for only $9.99. You can find the Cue to Reading here, or read on for more information about the book. The Cue to Reading will: Give you the power to identify reading problems/disabilities. Teach you a deep…

Can Phonics Improve Student Motivation? Tips for 6-12 Interventions

November 2, 2011

Two-thirds of students entering high school are not proficient readers! This is a crisis, but there is a simple piece of the puzzle to fix this problem. It would dramatically improve student performance! However, most of us don’t know anything about it. The problem is that we do not teach a COMPLETE set of English…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 10): Creating Effective Lessons for a LD Student

August 30, 2011

When my son was a few months old and I was a new mom, I had no idea how or when to introduce him to solid foods. I fell asleep one night in the midst of reading an article about the topic. The article explained that solid foods should be introduced in very small bites,…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 9): Strategies for the Three Cueing Systems – Part II

August 29, 2011

As promised last week, I will share effective strategies for the remaining two cueing systems today. However, I’d like to begin with a story about a powerful way to support struggling readers…that I discovered by accident. Several years ago, I had a third-grade student, Emilia (name changed) who had very few reading skills. She could…

“The Cue to Reading” Series (Article 8): Strategies for the Three Cueing Systems

August 16, 2011

Two weeks ago, our computers were down and my productivity came to a grinding halt. (Perhaps you noticed that I skipped a week with these articles…) With nothing else to do, we cleaned out our filing cabinets. One large drawer was overstuffed with reading materials from my days in the classroom. “This ought to be…

“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…

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