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The Little “Read” Hen: A Writing Residency

Using my book, The Little “Read” Hen, the 4th grade students of Caldwell Middle School experienced a fun and fast-paced creative writing workshop that highlighted the steps of story writing:...

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Multisensory Teaching: Accommodating the Twelve Ways of Processing

Teachers dream of well-mannered and gracious students who eagerly grasp content and contribute to their lessons.  Some of us have been fortunate enough to experience one of these exceptional educators...

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Factoid Fridays: Northern Ireland Literacy

1 out of every 5 teenagers leave school in Northern Ireland lacking basic literacy skills. –...

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Famous Dyslexics: Charley Boorman

Charley Boorman is a world-famous motorcycle enthusiast who has made several travel documentaries with his friend and actor Ewan McGregor. As a TV personality, he has taken audiences around the world...

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Reading Disabilities Can Impact Math Too: Strategies for Adding and...

Many students that struggle with reading can also experience trouble with some mathematical concepts.  In particular, difficulty with directionality can impact both reading and math as it can manifest...

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Examining Your Child’s Desk in September

What will your child find on her desk when she returns to school in September? Michael Gove, education secretary, recently published guidelines for a new curriculum that aims to bring the British...

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Why Traditional Phonics Fails

Ever heard of the ‘magic e’? It’s a special phonics rule taught to kids worldwide. The magic of the ‘e’ that appears at the end of a word is  that it supposedly lengthens the vowel before it. For...

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Factoid Friday: Trading Music Notes for Colors

Fact: A Canadian music teacher has developed a system to help severely dyslexic kids read music: she uses colors instead of black musical notes! We read about this amazing story here. High schooler...

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Teaching Teachers: Does Australia Need Better Phonics Instruction for Teachers?

A new report by the vice-chancellor of one of Australia’s leading universities – the University of Sydney – has recommended an overhaul of how teachers are trained to teach reading. He points out the...

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Do teachers need the label ‘dyslexia’ in order to help their students?

It is understandable that parents feel like they might get more support for their child if they have an ‘official’ label. It also makes sense that it might be easier for teachers and SENCOs to...

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Shocking lack of teacher training on dyslexia

A recent resolution passed in South Carolina makes provision for new dyslexia training for teachers… and reveals just how poorly teachers are prepared for children with learning differences. “The word...

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