A New Year!

A New Year!

A new year! I love the space between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Not only does it give you time to reflect over the past year and take stock, it also opens the door to all the potential that lies ahead.

My top goal for 2020: finish my book on autism!

Educators, enjoy the rest that comes with winter break! You deserve it!

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans.” –Isaiah 1:17

Some people have a life verse or quote that really grounds them, and/or defines a path they would like to take. For me, it is Isaiah 1:17. It helps me remember that we have to “learn” to do good. It’s a process and a deliberate act. I also love the verbs in this quote: learn, seek, help and defend.

Think about what inspires you and start to act on it! Have a wonderful week!

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Giving thanks is actually good for the brain! If you google “thanksgiving and the brain,” you will find a plethora of articles on why this is so. This Thanksgiving, I hope you will be sure to express your gratitude, inwardly and outwardly! Have a wonderful week.

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” –Randy Pausch

The Benefits of Oral Rereading

There are many benefits to having your child/students orally reread stories.

The texts should be at an independent reading level (meaning the student should be able to independently read the text with about 95% accuracy). The student’s reading should be supervised by an adult, older sibling, etc. It is fine to model reading the story first.

Oral rereading of texts improves:

  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Reading confidence

Time your student/child’s initial reading of a passage, then the second and third re-reading–you will be surprised by how much he or she improves!

A good goal for which to aim is to have your child/student reread a familiar text three times. (The benefits generally don’t go beyond three times.)