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The Best Way to Support Literacy Acquisition: Never Stop Learning

As I was perusing through some posts in a literacy Facebook group, I came across a particular post that caught my attention. A literacy teacher asked if a specific program was good to use for students who were struggling with learning how to read. What spurred me to write this post was not a teacher …

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Literacy Intervention in Kindergarten

If you are in the field of education, then you are most likely very familiar with the terms progress-monitoring and data-based decisions. These terms are “hot” and at the center of many school meetings. Progress-monitoring and data-based decisions are important but I wonder what would happen if effectiveness of an intervention and teacher expertise became …

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7 Must-Haves for Effective Interventions

As interventionists, we have to advocate for what we know will help our students attain the most progress in the little time that we have to work with them.  Research has shown correlations between the following key factors and successful interventions. 1.  Small group size When considering the intervention group size it is important that …

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Optimizing Literacy Instruction for our Special Education Students: Part 2

If a student has gone through the Response to Intervention (RTI) tiers and is now receiving special education they are showing a need for highly individualized instruction. They need highly trained teachers who have a deep understanding of literacy and can provide the student with individualized support throughout their entire day. The student will receive …

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Optimizing Literacy Instruction for our Special Education Students: Part 1

I cannot help but feel troubled and anxious when a student is classified and given a label.  Even with Response to Intervention (RTI) in place, I worry and wonder if we did everything we could for this child before it came to this point? I wonder if this child received high-quality classroom instruction throughout his/her …

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25 Ways to Build Positive Relationships with Students

As literacy specialists, we often work with a student or students who have some "tricky" behaviors that interfere with learning.  It is important to build positive relationships with all of the students we work especially those students who have particularly challenging behaviors. Relationship building should be worked on diligently from the earliest interactions. These students …

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