Interesting article about tutoring, although it doesn’t specifically address the needs of students with learning differences.
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A personal read about the “Reading Wars” from an Australian mother.
EXCERPT: And so it began. Perched at the dining table, armed with a 257-page guide on teaching a child to read, I was about to try to do just that. My daughter, Margot, had been at school for two months when the niggling concerns about her reading progress began.
Definitely an important and worthwhile film to watch!
This article has a comprehensive list of signs for parents (or teachers) to consider if a child appears to be struggling with reading. Signs include skipping words, misreading words, and guessing at unfamiliar words.
And IDA Presentation during spring 2020.
News from Oklahoma.
“No one had noticed he hadn’t the slightest idea how to tackle unfamiliar words until he got to mid-second grade and his guessing strategies began to fail him.” Unfortunately, this sentence is true for too many students.
Some states are leading the way in providing teacher training based in the science of reading. Let’s hope more follow this path!
Good overview of the importance of teaching phonics explicitly. Students need decoding skills to read unfamiliar words.
“Without decoding skills, children could not read made-up words such as Harry Potter’s “quidditch”. Nor could they read unfamiliar names (of places such as Oodnadatta) or medication names (such as azithromycin) as these have no other cues to guide the reader to pronunciation.”
This blog lists a few reasonable ideas on how to make Zoom or other online classes more manageable.
An older article, but still relevant to student accommodations.
“Microsoft Assistive Tech Specialist Rachel Berger demonstrates free, accessible AT to support students who struggle with reading, and writing. This presentation showcases how tools can be used to support student engagement and accessibility for users with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ELL or a combination of any of the broad range of unique student abilities.”
Based upon a United States Court of Appeals case out of Detroit, MI.
“We recognize that the Constitution provides a fundamental right to a basic minimum education.”
“A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.”
“Our panel of experts will provide a brief overview of the law protecting students with disabilities during the crisis. They will then discuss the challenges and barriers homeschooling and other educational models raise for students with disabilities and educators, and recommend strategies for moving forward.”
More great resources for distance-learning! These resources are not specific to struggling readers; however, all parents might find helpful information in the links about working on reading at home, including reading passages to use at home – some even offer passages in Spanish.
This article includes links to additional resources.
Reaching New Heights: Advancing Every Classroom Through the Science of Reading.
Located at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado, just outside of Denver.
Hosted by PC READS in Park City, UT!
Rescheduled from April 23rd to October 26th.
Early Bird rates extended to September 14th.
Postponed from Spring 2020.
Registration will re-open once all speakers are confirmed.