These have been difficult and unusual times, and my heart goes out to the world, especially those who are suffering. This has also been a time of reset, being hemmed in, as we readjust our lives and priorities. During this unique time, may we press into The Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus.
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” –John R. Wooden
“There are two great days in a person’s life–the day we are born and the day we discover why.” –William Barclay
“There is always an opportunity to start again and again, if the old ways are not working last year, look for better ways of doing it in the new year and start again afresh.”― Bamigboye Olurotimi
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!
“Pursue what’s in your heart, and the universe will conspire to support you.” –Rich Roll
“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!
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
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:
- 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.)
“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”