• 10 Fun Halloween Reading Passages for Your Classroom

    10 Fun Halloween Reading Passages for Your Classroom

    By: Sarah Young, Marketing Content Manager

    Halloween can be such an exciting time for your classroom. Halloween themed activities are not only fun but can also increase student engagement. And while spooky crafts and ghastly games are great, have you thought about assigning Halloween reading passages as part of the festivities? This year we, here … ...

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    Oct 21 2014
  • 12 Motivational Quotes about Reading and Education

    12 Motivational Quotes about Reading and Education

    By: Sarah Young, Marketing Content Manager

    Passionate teachers can make a world of difference. Literacy can have a huge impact, not only on individuals but entire communities. Here are 12 quotes that showcase the importance of reading and education:

    What have you done to improve education in your community? ...

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    Oct 14 2014
  • Why Students Forget What They've Learned & How to Increase Learning Retention

    Why Students Forget What They've Learned & How to Increase Learning Retention

    By Sandy Hoffman

    We have busy schedules both in and outside the classroom. There’s so much to do. We have to keep pushing forward, moving on, but at what cost? We don’t want all we’ve taught our students to be forgotten as soon as it’s learned. How can we save time and increase the likelihood our students will remember what we’ve taught them. Is taking time out of our day, for review, worth it? How much time do we need to review? ...

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    Oct 07 2014
  • 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

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