• Top 5 Reasons Blended Learning is Important in Your Classroom

    Top 5 Reasons Blended Learning is Important in Your Classroom

    By: Janine Caffrey, Ph.D.

    There has been much written about blended learning in recent years. The term “blended learning” means that students learn both from traditional activities in the classroom and from technology-based programs and instruction. Creating a blended learning environment for students can become very challenging for a teacher. She must ensure she has the right devices for the students to use, enough bandwidth on the school WIFI to ensure everyone can do what they need to do, appropriate software to accomplish learning goals, and a way to ensure that students are engaging appropriately in learning.

    Given the many challenges to implementing a blended learning model, why in the world would a teacher decide to do this?  ...

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    Dec 16 2014
  • Growing Up with Dyslexia: Additional Insight for Teachers, Parents and Students

    Growing Up with Dyslexia: Additional Insight for Teachers, Parents and Students

    Hello readers! As the new marketing content manager for Reading Horizons, I’ve been writing on the blog for the past few months and I know that I am just barely introducing myself—but I want to let you in on a little secret. My name is Sarah Young and I have dyslexia. My hope in writing this post is to give teachers additional insight, parents more hope, and provide students the coping skills they need not only to become successful readers but successful in all areas of life. If you find any of this information useful or inspiring, I encourage you to share it via social media or otherwise to those who may benefit from it.

    My Experience with Dyslexia ...

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    Dec 09 2014
  • The Teachers' Guide to Winter Break: Tips for Fun, Relaxation, & Professional Development

    The Teachers' Guide to Winter Break: Tips for Fun, Relaxation, & Professional Development

    Winter break is a mixed bag. On the one hand, you’re excited to have some free time; but on the other, you feel overwhelmed by a laundry list of things to do. STOP. It’s time to relax and savor your winter break this year. Realize that you’re only human and pick a few things you’d like to accomplish over the break. Live in the moment, be brave, and try something new. Who knows, you might discover things about yourself you never knew before. ...

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    Dec 02 2014
  • 10 Tips for Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards [INFOGRAPHIC]

    10 Tips for Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Change is good. But change can also be hard. It can be difficult to adjust to new demands and create new habits that support a change. Depending on your state, you may be working to change much of your curriculum to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To help you in this endeavor, we asked over 200 teachers in our recent Back to School Survey what has helped them align their curriculum to the CCSS. Although many admitted it is an overwhelming work in progress, here are a few suggestions from our survey participants: ...

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    Nov 25 2014
  • How to Help Students With Dyslexia—Insights from a Mother and Her Dyslexic Son

    How to Help Students With Dyslexia—Insights from a Mother and Her Dyslexic Son

    I often get asked why I do what I do for work and why I travel. When I’m sitting in another airport with a level of exhaustion difficult to describe due to the juggling act of this and kids and a home, I could question this myself if it wasn't for a profound experience with my son, Tyler, about 7 years ago.

    I do believe in what I do and I am deeply passionate about this program. But this moment is what gets me through: ...

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    Nov 18 2014
  • 5 Techniques to Help K-3 Students Communicate More Effectively

    5 Techniques to Help K-3 Students Communicate More Effectively

    By: Sharee Jensen, Reading Horizons Curriculum Committee Member

    Communication and self-expression is a vital part of a child’s learning experience. To be able to express and communicate thoughts is important for success in all areas of life. The development of effective self-expression and communication requires many skills, including—but not limited to: vocabulary, language skills, speech development, communication skills, writing, math, comprehension, and emotional development.

    Here are five techniques you can implement in your classroom to help your students communicate more effectively: ...

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    Nov 11 2014
  • The Reading Horizons Gratitude Challenge [A Week of Gratitude for Your Classroom]

    The Reading Horizons Gratitude Challenge [A Week of Gratitude for Your Classroom]

    From a young age, we are taught that it is important to be grateful. However, many fail to realize the lasting benefits that come from an “attitude of gratitude.” Recent developments in the study of gratitude indicate that being grateful can have a positive impact on a student’s overall performance in school. So how can we, as teachers, cultivate gratitude in our classrooms? 

    How Gratitude Can Improve Student Performance: ...

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    Nov 04 2014
  • 3 Tips for Teaching Phonics Exceptions

    3 Tips for Teaching Phonics Exceptions

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

    Many teachers successfully teach the rules of phonics but struggle when it comes to teaching the exceptions to those rules. They are afraid that in teaching the exceptions they’ll end up confusing their students and as a result, undo all of their hard work. But with the right attitude and expertise teaching the exceptions can be simple and effective for you and your students.

    Here are three tips from Reading Horizons Director of Training, Shantell Berrett, which can help you teach the exceptions of phonics to your students: ...

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    Oct 28 2014
  • 10 Fun Halloween Reading Passages for Your Classroom

    10 Fun Halloween Reading Passages for Your Classroom

    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 at Reading Horizons, want to make Halloween planning for your classroom as easy as possible. The following Halloween passages are compiled from the Reading Horizons Reading Library along with their accompanying grade and Lexile Level. 

    If you don’t have Reading Horizons in your classroom, click here for a free passage about the Bermuda Triangle along with comprehension questions. ...

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    Oct 21 2014

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