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Serving persons with dyslexia in New Mexico and beyond with psychoeducational assessments for dyslexia, consulting and staff development. 28 years experience with Orton-Gillingham based written language therapy.
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Just. Oh. My!
Popcorn reading, round robin or whatever else you call it...is not an effective instructional strategy. This was done when I was in elementary school many years ago. I hear from parents, teachers and administrators to know that this ineffective strategy is still around. Do you remember counting to find the paragraph you needed to read aloud in front of your peers? After locating the paragraph, did you read through and work out difficult words so you wouldn’t look foolish in front of peers? Did you hear anyone else read their paragraphs and take in content? Now, what did that look like if you had a learning disability?
Makes me want to throw up. This program is practically worthless and does not follow any of the research of how to teach reading to children based on science. It is not at all phonoogically based and, along with Fontas and Penell has failed for years to produce readers. Do we have to also politicize teaching reading?
Gift furthers Lesley’s pre-eminence in innovative research on literacy education
Someone wrote this on a page recently: The non-CALT people I have observed seem to be more trained at the technician level. They must go through the program they are using in order and not skip any steps. Very frustrating! My response was "Fidelity!" She replied: The problem is that they are unable to adapt to the needs of the child.
Those that I have trained (or others) what say you???
In case you haven't seen this... why we teach more than phonics!
when she finally gets it 🤣
A good example of what not to teach and what we should teach instead
Did you know that the commonly referenced “when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking” rule is actually FALSE nearly 60% of the time? This vi...
Barbara Corcoran: 50% of the judges on 'Shark Tank' are dyslexic
"Shark Tank" investors Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary have struggled with dyslexia their entire lives. And "it's not a coincidence," Corcoran said.
Oh this is exquisite!
My grandson reading Pam is Free from MTA Kit 3 reader Wishes. I'm so proud of him! I began MTA with him in September of first grade. Now in 2nd grade, he is in his 14th month of therapy with me 4 days a week before school.
Way to go Richardson ISD and Kimberly Sanders!
When teaching kids with a learning disability, you have to have patience and the ability to build confidence. A Richardson ISD elementary teacher is doing just that: helping her students embrace the challenges of living with dyslexia. That’s why she’s January’s Excellent Educator. “What is s...
I didn't invent the language!!!!
For all of my MTA friends... This week, I was working with my post-retirement student (my grandson) in Kit 2. He had begun reading Pets In Class in the MTA Tracks reader and had read 4 pages each of the last two days. We started reading the third day and after four pages, which he ALWAYS counts, he said "Grammie, these stories are getting interesting now. I think I could read a little more. And so he did! One time, I turned the page and told him to read and he said "You forgot to tell me to read it to myself. I can't read it very well unless I read it to myself first to see how it sounds." I almost fell out of my chair! I've told all of you teachers that for 18 years and I forgot and he reminded me! Yes, it IS necessary! We didn't finish his full lesson that day because he read the entire rest of the story! 15 pages!!! And he was so proud.
Getting through a school day when you have dyslexia is usually a very difficult thing. Patience on the part of the adults in charge can make the day much easier.
I know I need a little patience, a listening ear, a whole lotta grace, too.
Heaven gained a jewel of a woman this morning. Karen Vickery passed and many will feel the loss.. Her legacy is far-reaching. Prayers for her family and prayers for all of us that knew and loved Karen. Let us all remember what a wonderful woman she was, her kindness, her knowledge, and her ability to make each person she touched feel special.
From Jana Jones: Early this morning we lost Karen Vickery. If you are a former student, a parent or grandparent of a dyslexic child, a teacher or an administrator who worked with her, your life most certainly was impacted by her passion for helping children learn to read. She changed my life the first time I ever watched her teach. I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve watched her change lives in GISD. I’ve watched her grow the Learning Therapy Program at SMU. I’ve watched her work in ALTA and IMSLEC. I’ve learned so much from this wonderful brilliant woman. Her legacy is far-reaching and I will miss my friend.
So in 1985-87, this wonderful lady and her partner-in-crime taught me everything I know about dyslexia remediation. Thus, began my career. A great honor for a great lady - Margaret Smith. WAtch the video.
We were proud to rededicate Smith Intermediate last week, inviting the community to join us. It was extra special in that Mrs. Margaret Smith and family also attended on what would have been her 67th wedding anniversary. Check out the video. #ForneyFamily
Probably the best article I've read in a long time. Please, share it with teachers, schools, and District everywhere.
For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it.
Of course it doesn't! We all knew that!
In two experiments, the claim was tested that the font “Dyslexie”, specifically designed for people with dyslexia, eases reading performance of children with (and without) dyslexia. Three questions...
Phonics phonics phonics!
It makes me sick that teachers were taught so poorly. Understanding the sounds of the English language and putting the sounds with the correct symbols is the only way to learn to read. That's called phonics. Period. The end.
A teaching and education blog.
How many times must this information be presented before Teachers are REQUIRED to LEARN AND TEACH phonological awareness and phonics as the primary pathway to becoming a reader?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, I'm thinking that these two images should have long ago put an immediate end to any debate over what teachers need to know before being entrusted with teaching children to read.
Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
I love this quote by Margaret Smith. I wish it was a part of every teacher training program in the nation. However, then they would have to teach a program that incorporates this idea, and most don't.
So who would think you would run into an MTA teacher at the 9/11 Memorial? Nicole Terry from Midlothian and her family we're here. Nicole stopped me and we had a quick reunion.
My heart overflowed with joy as I watched this video. In 2013, I began the journey of training RISD teachers on every campus with the MTA multisensory written language dyslexia program. RISD jumped in with both feet and committed totally to making this program be perfect - not just good, but PERFECT! Shannon O'Neale Suess and her mighty crew embraced change themselves and fought for change in the district to produce this outcome you see here 7 years later. After 6 Introductory and 6 Advanced MTA workshops, RISD took over the training part of the program and they are on their own. It was a great time for me to retire!!!
However, I had NO IDEA there would be 200 students graduating from MTA this year. Tears abound, and laughter at the two youngsters with their "rap". I've heard many through the years! What a wonderful way to celebrate those students who are many times overlooked.
Congratulations,to each and every teacher in RISD who has touched the mind of a child with dyslexia. You will never be forgotten and you will always be in their hearts. I love you all!!!!!!
More than 200 students were recently honored during the annual MTA Masters Ceremony. Multisensory Teaching Approach is the reading and spelling curriculum used in RISD to remediate dyslexia. #Congrats #RISDProud
In Finland they start school at age 7.
“Our findings suggest the possibility that large numbers of kids are being overdiagnosed and overtreated for ADHD," said Timothy Layton, an assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard.
One of the biggest errors now in dealing with reading problems! Low readers are put in RTI rather than tested for dyslexia FIRST before wasting their time in a program that doesn't work with teachers who have not been trained to work with children with dyslexia and don't even know how to recognize the characteristics! Even wasting a semester while in RTI to "see if it helps" is wasting precious time for a child with dyslexia. Many children are in RTI for YEARS! How long does it take to determine whether a child is responding to intervention? Who is the slow learner???
Early identification + early APPROPRIATE intervention = children who are able to read!
RTI or Response To Intervention is currently the dominant approach to reading instruction in public schools across the United States (over 70% of school districts), but in a just-released progress …
Reading and Chocolate: Sweet Lies
Eat chocolate! It’s good for you! The latest claims will make you feel that this sweet indulgence actually has health benefits. I really want to believe this is true…. Every night I have a piece of dark chocolate after dinner, thinking I will live longer, prevent heart disease, and improve my me...
Teacher Kyle Redford has long advocated that dyslexic children need specialized instruction in how to decode words. But a recent look at reading research called her to question her stance—and now she says all students should learn this way.
I am seeing this as I volunteer now in classrooms!
Henry Winkler chats with Kathie Lee and Hoda about how he struggled with reading when he was growing up. He says his son was tested for dyslexia, and everything the doctors said about his son was also true for him.
What a wonderful gift he has given the community of students with dyslexia by writing all of his books. Here's Hank books are the prequels to Hank Zipzer.
Henry Winkler reads Jimmy the last two pages of the final Hank Zipzer novel, Everybody Is Somebody.
This is so true.
Structured Literacy is the only way to teach effective reading skills.
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32 years experience with Orton-Gillingham based written language therapy. Teacher trainer, dyslexia assessment trainer, and psychoeducational testing ages 5-adult.