• Four Ways to Get Your Students Attention During Reading Instruction

    Four Ways to Get Your Students Attention During Reading Instruction

    Today’s students are pounded with distractions in the classroom: friends, cell phones, social media, computers, books, and papers that are screaming to be doodled upon. Not to mention internal distractions: family drama, friend drama, stress over homework, the cute boy sitting across the room, frustration over a difficult concept, etc…

    With so much constantly being thrown at your students, how can you possibly have a chance at getting their attention during your reading instruction? What can you do to help your students stay focused? ...

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    Mar 14 2012
  • 4-Step Process for Helping Students Transfer Decoding Skills to Written Text

    4-Step Process for Helping Students Transfer Decoding Skills to Written Text

    We hear it again and again: students have a difficult time taking the decoding skills they have been taught and applying them to the everyday texts they encounter. However, what many teachers don't realize is that this is rarely the student's fault; rather, it is often the result of the teacher failing to teach them an important step.

    Here is Reading Horizons Teacher Trainer, Shantell Berrett, discussing the step you might be skipping and a simple four-part process you can teach your students to help them transfer decoding skills to everyday texts: ...

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    Mar 13 2012
  • 15 Most Commonly Misused Words In The Classroom

    15 Most Commonly Misused Words In The Classroom

    Reading, spelling, and writing – they’re like a three-legged stool. If one is missing you’re in jeopardy of looking foolish.

    Currently there is a run on articles relating to the subject of commonly misused words. I recently typed the words “misused words” into the search box on Pinterest and came across style guides and infographics relating to this hot topic.

    I believe that the entire hubbub surrounding commonly misused words is a result of the fact that we write more than we ever now. We (and by we, I mean students too) text, tweet, write blogs, post on Facebook, and Linkedin and the lack of attention to proper English is appalling.

    Help your students be better readers, spellers and writing by sharing this information in class: ...

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    Mar 09 2012
  • Does Dressing Down Bring the Classroom Down?

    Does Dressing Down Bring the Classroom Down?

    A month ago, I had an interesting experience with a group of teachers. I was attending a two-day Reading Horizons training at the University of Utah Reading Clinic and I was told to “dress comfy” for the training.

    The problem is – I really don’t subscribe to “dressing comfy,” I dress for success – my own and for those around me.

    Yes, I realize how cliché that may sound but I have to be honest, almost harsh here – nearly every teacher I have met wears the standard comfortable, ill-fitting, and uninspiring clothing.

    This leads me to wonder about challenges in classroom management, learning environments, and role modeling. Is it really okay to wear faded polo shirts and khakis? What’s the message sent about the teaching profession and the importance of education? ...

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    Mar 08 2012
  • How to Help Struggling Readers Build Brain Connections that Improve Working Memory

    How to Help Struggling Readers Build Brain Connections that Improve Working Memory

    Every teacher wants their students to succeed. Not one teacher out there hopes that their students will perform poorly. So… if there was a simple, easy to implement process that would take your students’ passing rate from 50% to 96% you would jump right on it. Right?

    Well, here is Shantell Berrett, Reading Horizons Teacher Trainer and Dyslexia Specialist, sharing why a simple strategy called dictation can dramatically boost passing rates by reinforcing the pathways that are needed for effective working memory (a deficit for many struggling readers).

    This video will show you how to tweak the way you present information to maximize student performance - especially the performance of struggling readers. The best part? It's so easy to implement: ...

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    Mar 07 2012
  • Simple Ways to Cure Common Pronunciation & Grammar Mistakes

    Simple Ways to Cure Common Pronunciation & Grammar Mistakes

    "You know that awkward moment when you realize you've been mispronouncing a word your entire life?" - Christine Bowman, Marketing Manager of Reading Horizons

    This quote was instantly one of my favorites from the mouth of one of Reading Horizons employees, Christine Bowman, Marketing Manager. Why? Because I’ve experienced that moment… a lot. When other people have that moment it’s pretty funny. Especially when it’s little kids. But as you get older… it’s a bit embarrassing. ...

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    Mar 06 2012
  • Join World Read Aloud Day - March 7

    Join World Read Aloud Day - March 7

    It will be here before we know it.

    March 7, 2012 is World Read Aloud Day. This movement is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people.

    World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. ...

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    Mar 02 2012
  • 5 Ways to Differentiate Your Classroom Instruction

    5 Ways to Differentiate Your Classroom Instruction

    Empowering students, also called differentiated learning, is not the same as abdicating control of your classroom. At least that's how the ASCD’s Journal of Educational Leadership defines it. The journal notes student empowerment as “student ownership of learning.”

    Differentiated learning has been around for at least two decades for gifted and talented students. However, it is now recognized to be an important tool for engaging and addressing the individual needs of all students. Still, some teachers say it isn’t possible to juggle so many different student needs with limited resources coupled with mounting performance standards. ...

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    Mar 01 2012
  • How Long Should Struggling Readers Practice Reading Each Day?

    How Long Should Struggling Readers Practice Reading Each Day?

    There’s nothing more painful than making someone do something they don’t like to do. When a student absolutely loathes reading… even though you know they need to practice, you don’t want to put them through the struggle. You know it’s best for them in the long run so you muster up the strength to persist, but it still hurts you inside. It’s not fun to watch someone struggle, and when they resist, you want to free them of the pain. But… you do what’s best for your students in the long run.

    But, some teachers wonder… how long should I persist? How long should I put my struggling readers through the process that absolutely pains them? How long before reading practice stops being beneficial and starts hindering progress? ...

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    Feb 29 2012
  • 5 Teaching Strategies That Boost a Student’s Working Memory & Retention

    5 Teaching Strategies That Boost a Student’s Working Memory & Retention

    You just taught the perfect lecture. You were perfectly clear; you have a thorough grasp on the topic. There is no way your students weren’t perfectly in step with you. But then tomorrow comes, and wait… your students don’t seem to have even been there for your perfect lecture. What? You know you covered all of the skills that your students now appear to have never heard of. What possibly went wrong? You swear your students should know the things you taught them the day before.

    For many teachers, this is a huge problem. You need to keep a class moving along to meet standards and to finish your curriculum by the end of the year, but how can you move the class along when your students seem to keep forgetting all of the skills you are perfectly teaching them? ...

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    Feb 24 2012

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