The Role of Visual Perception in Word Learning

"He can't remember any of the words that I have taught him!" This is a common concern that I hear about struggling readers. We understand the importance of a child having an increasing bank of known words.  A teacher should be concerned about a child who is struggling with word learning. What we might want …

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The Basics of Interactive Writing

Interactive writing is a great way to teach, model, and share an authentic writing task with a k-2 classroom community. Through interactive writing, students learn how print works and become problem solvers. The teacher is able to model and teach the students something that they can try during the interactive writing process or when they …

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RTI: A Work in Progress

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered system of support that was created to provide students the academic support they need.  In theory, RTI would decrease the number of students misidentified for special education services, provide students with the support they need before they fail, and provide students with high-quality differentiated classroom instruction/interventions.  Although RTI …

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English Language Learners: Supporting Grammar During Literacy Intervention

If you have been following my recent posts you know that I have been doing a lot of learning about how to best work with English Language Learners (ELLs) during their literacy intervention time. Here are the links to my previous posts. Supporting the Literacy Needs of English Language Learners English Language Learners: Supporting Comprehension …

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English Language Learners: Supporting Comprehension During Literacy Intervention

As mentioned in my previous post, when planning reading intervention lessons for English Language Learners (ELLs) deep analysis of their running records is required to examine language-related errors versus literacy-related errors.  Noticing and understanding language-related errors helps teachers scaffold their teaching in order to support students with building their oral vocabulary and expanding their knowledge …

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Supporting the Literacy Needs of English Language Learners

Up until the past few years, I have had limited experiences working with English Language Learners (ELLs) in the classroom and no experience working with them as a reading interventionist.  As I began to work with ELLs to provide their reading intervention I  realized that their profile was different from what I typically saw with …

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Are We Providing Scaffolds or Swooping in for the Rescue?

There is a fine line between providing a student the support he/she needs and doing the work for the student. Unfortunately, when we cross the line and provide our students with too much help we are stealing opportunities for them to : Develop a sense of agency Feel like a problem solver Take initiative Feel …

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