• 5 Great Books for Halloween [for Teachers]

    5 Great Books for Halloween [for Teachers]

    By: Sarah Young, Marketing Content Manager

    October is a magical time of year when the leaves begin to change from green to red and golden yellow. There’s a slight chill in the air as you hear the wind rustling through the trees.  And with Halloween right around the corner, your students are full of excitement and anticipation. You& … ...

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    Sep 30 2014
  • Qualities of Effective Teachers

    Qualities of Effective Teachers

    By Mariann Marchant

    I came across this old paper I had shoved in a file at the back of my desk. It was old and yellowed so I thought I would look at it before throwing it away. What I found was a copy of an old letter I had printed out from a newspaper when I began my teaching career 25 years ago. As I read through this letter, it reminded me of … ...

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    Sep 23 2014
  • Why Phonics is Worth Teaching to ELLs Despite so Many Exceptions

    Why Phonics is Worth Teaching to ELLs Despite so Many Exceptions

    By: Sarah Young, Marketing Content Manager

    ***This content is based on an interview with Reading Horizons Board Member and former TESOL President, Dr. Neil J. Anderson.***

    Teachers who use the Whole Language Approach argue that words must be deciphered based off of context instead of decoding through the use of phonetic rules. They believe that … ...

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    Sep 16 2014
  • 10 Stress-Management Techniques for Teachers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    10 Stress-Management Techniques for Teachers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By: Sarah Young, Marketing Content Manager

    With such a high-stakes job it’s good to keep perspective in mind. Between parents, students, and paperwork (not to mention PD) you are stressed to the brim! How can you justify a little R&R when Mrs. Smith down the hall appears to “have it together?” With feedback from our network … ...

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    Sep 09 2014
  • Reading Activities: Mastering Vowel Sounds

    Reading Activities: Mastering Vowel Sounds

    By Patty Wilson

    Over the decades, as a first grade and ESL teacher, I have sifted numerous reading strategies through the instructional sieve. I will share two, in particular, that remain as the most effective strategies for all readers to enjoy mastering vowel sounds.  ...

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    Sep 02 2014
  • 5 Ways to Help Students with Dyslexia Improve Their Spelling

    5 Ways to Help Students with Dyslexia Improve Their Spelling

    By: Sarah Young, Marketing Content Manager

    ***This content is based on an interview with Reading Horizons Director of Training and Dyslexia Specialist, Shantell Berrett.***

    Despite their many strengths, students with dyslexia often have executive function deficiencies which affect the way they see patterns and process information. Because of this, spelling tends to be difficult, perhaps even more difficult than reading for these students. It’s a more complex skill; there are more ways to phonetically spell a word than there are to pronounce one. Even after learning the phonetic skills that can help those with dyslexia improve their spelling, these students will still struggle. They simply need more time and application of phonetic skills to see progress with spelling.

    Here are five tips from Reading Horizons Dyslexia Specialist, Shantell Berrett, which you can implement to help your students with dyslexia improve their spelling: ...

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    Aug 26 2014
  • Time Management Strategies for Teachers as the New School Year Approaches

    Time Management Strategies for Teachers as the New School Year Approaches

    By Linda Sahagun

    It’s that time of year again. August has arrived and with it the beginning of a new school year is approaching! Stores are bombarding their customers with Back to School sales. The ads suggest the items that are most necessary for parents to buy for their children. Teachers are spending countless hours preparing their rooms for their students. Putting up bulletin boards, laminating name tags, making copies, writing welcome letters, and the to do lists never seem to end. This is all a part of August for teachers. So where do you start? What helps you get ready?

    I dread and love this time of year. I love office supplies, the smell of crayons, freshly sharpened pencils that haven’t been chewed on and still have their erasers, new packs of markers, and the list goes on. For the non teachers reading this you may think my love of office supplies is strange but I would guess that most teachers would be able to relate to my love of these things. In all seriousness though, I love this time of year because there is a certain excitement that comes with the thought of a fresh new start.

    I love the hope a new school year brings. Most of all I love and look forward to implementing change as I reflect on the previous year. I aspire to try new ideas that will improve my teaching and effectiveness in the classroom.

    I dread this time of year oddly because of the same things I love. The crayons, pencils, new books, and endless list of supplies needed for the classroom symbolize the tools of our job. It’s the tools that get the work done. The work that our students will be doing is a direct correlation of the assignments and lessons we’ll be teaching which require us to plan, create, and organize. This leads to an seemingly endless list of “Need to do’s”.

    Managing the Back to School “To Do List”

    So where do you begin? How do you manage it all? ...

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    Aug 11 2014
  • 3 Habits that Lead Schools to THRIVE with the Reading Horizons Program

    3 Habits that Lead Schools to THRIVE with the Reading Horizons Program

    This content is based on an interview with Reading Horizons Director of Training and Dyslexia Specialist, Shantell Berrett. 

    It’s amazing how two people with seemingly similar resources can utilize and produce completely different results. In families, two siblings who grow up in the exact same house with the exact same parents and the exact same rules and expectations can end up leading two completely different lives with separate ideals. The same pattern shows up in schools. Two teachers with the same principal, same resources, and same environment can have completely different results in their classrooms. On an even larger plane, two schools with similar resources and student populations can have completely different levels of performance. It makes you wonder: what’s the difference between the schools that seem to thrive while other schools with the same opportunities seem to simply survive? 

    In regards to the schools that thrive with the Reading Horizons component of their curriculum, Shantell Berrett, Reading Horizons Director of Training, provided these three habits based on her observations from traveling from school to school across the country training teachers on effective implementation strategies:  ...

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    Jul 21 2014

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