For all you language geeks out there, this is by far the best podcast series I’ve listened to so far.
Episode 161: Y U and I Have a Problem | The History of English Podcast
Episode 161: Y U and I Have a Problem Posted by Kevin Stroud 17 In this episode, we explore the complicated history of the letters Y, U and I, and we examine how they gave birth to the letters W, V and J. We also look at the Gothic script of the Middle Ages which influenced how those letters were us...
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Here’s a fun article from Mirriam-Webster.
Every Letter Is Silent, Sometimes
How every letter can be (annoyingly) silent
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I want to recommend A Mighty Girl’s page. They provide excellent book recommendations, often about women in history. I like that they present women who’ve done simple things as well as profound things to make the world a better place.
A Mighty Girl
A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls. Founded in 2012, visit us at www.amightygirl.com & Twitter ()
Why it costs a fortune to get the best test for disabilities like ADHD, autism, dyslexia
Costly independent evaluations and long waits have come to play an outsize role in the diagnosis and treatment disabilities, from ADHD to dyslexia.
Worth sharing again!
Thank you to the Orton Gillingham Online Academy for this awesome graphic!
The Science of Reading has become a popular term for research that's been around for decades, but this body of knowledge has been grossly ignored by teacher training programs, school districts, and teachers of reading. Reading research has taught us how the brain reads, which practices are most effective, and how best to intervene when students are struggling.
The Science of Reading: a top-level primer
Endnotes to the primer: (1) articles and documentaries; (2) books; (3) research. Also, see websites like The Reading League (https://www.thereadingleague.org...
We try to have some fun with these words and make them into recognizable friends. It's a practice that needs time!
For those of you who love Miss Nelson, here's a little humor!
4/24: Miss Nelson Is Teaching Remotely!
The students on Zoom were misbehaving again...
In case you were wondering...
What is schwa?
This is a quick overview of the schwa sound, and how it appears in words.
What a gem! Parents, here's a classic narrated by a beloved actor.
Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White
Harry the Dirty Dog is written by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham and read by Betty White. Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves eve...
Phonological awareness provides a critical foundation for reading. This article comes from Understood.org, a site worth exploring if you have a child with dyslexia.
Phonological Awareness: What You Need to Know
Phonological awareness is a skill that allows kids to recognize and work with the sounds of spoken language. It's key to learning to read. Find out more.
Here's a great explanation of the term multi-sensory.
Dr. Susan Nolan demonstrates multisensory instruction
This compelling article looks at North Carolina's failed early reading initiative, and how the state's Department of Public Instruction is working to bring about effective change. Training teachers and coaches in structured literacy is the centerpiece of of the new model, a model that has been very successful in Mississippi and other states.
Can science knock down barriers to reading proficiency and rescue Read to Achieve?
Most NC schools use balanced literacy instruction. State leaders want change and have a nine-point framework to adopt science of reading and improve scores.
I'm very excited about this movie. Some of the top, nationally-recognized dyslexia experts are interviewed. A city close to my hometowns, Waterbury, CT, is the focus of the film. They aren't the only city/school system to make exemplary gains in literacy levels, but it sounds like they've done a fantastic job.
In Waterbury, CT an ensemble of passionate professionals tackle the nation’s rising literacy crisis. | Check out 'Hopeville, USA' on Indiegogo.
A Reading ‘Crisis’: Why Some Parents Created a School for Dyslexic Kids
Pioneering Staten Island school, experts say, underscores systemic failures that drive families to seek help elsewhere — often at taxpayer expense.
This is fantastic reporting. The article examines the ineffectiveness of the 3-cuing system for teaching reading, a method used all over the US.
How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers
For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it.
This is a brief but excellent article from Tim Shanahan - one of the authors of the National Reading Panel Report - that examines why teaching reading using cuing systems is not effective.
Is It a Good Idea to Teach the Three Cueing Systems in Reading? | Reading Rockets
Teacher question: There is a big argument in my new district over whether or not it is a good idea to teach children to use the three cueing systems. What do you think? Why don’t you ever write about the cueing systems? Shanahan’s response: I don’t write about them because I’m not a fiction ...
See dyslexia differently
This animation seeks to preempt misconceptions among young audiences by shedding light on the real challenges dyslexic children face whilst also acknowledgin...
It doesn't boil down to a lack of understanding about dyslexia, it boils down to money...
Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named
Many parents and teachers report that schools won't use the word dyslexia. Why might this be? And what is the Department of Education doing about it?
Here's a fun and informative article on the two sounds of s.
Things could be so much easier if we understood the letter s
What possibly is there to know about s you ask? Well for starters it has two sounds, /s/ and /z/ as in cats and dogs, known as voiced and unvoiced sibilants. Teaching the two sounds to our students gives them yet another tool to help break the code of American English. Let’s explore this a bit dee...
A little spelling humor...
Celebrity Spotlight: Anderson Cooper No Longer Hides His Dyslexia
As a kid, Anderson Cooper hid his dyslexia from his peers. Now an award-winning news anchor, he credits his reading specialists with helping him succeed.
Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen are the geniuses behind DreamWorks Animation Studios, and they all have dyslexia.
The Three Dyslexic Guys Behind Dreamworks
Dreamworks is one of the most successful film studios in Hollywood history. It was started in 1994 by media moguls Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen (together SKG) to make a live action film and animation studio. Now we know it could also be called DyslexiaWorks.
Dyslexia - Symptoms and causes
Dyslexia is a learning disorder involving difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.
Great Ted Talk that follows the research. Bright kids deserve to read and they can. They can catch up with their peers, and many excel with the right intervention.
Mixing oil and water so nearly everyone learns to read | Tim Conway | TEDxOcala
1 in 5 people struggle with poor reading skills. The integration of neuropsychology, medical research, educational methods, and an understanding of the genet...
Why Millions Of Kids Can't Read And What Better Teaching Can Do About It
The instruction many students get is not based on the overwhelming scientific evidence about how kids turn spoken sounds into letters and words on a page.
This article discusses how the work of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can lay an excellent foundation for later reading instruction. Not all children who have dyslexia require speech support, but for those who do, the skills and awareness they develop makes them well prepared for later Orton-Gillingham based reading instruction.
Helping Children with Dyslexia
Did you know that we as speech-language pathologists are uniquely qualified to help children with dyslexia? Not feeling very confident in that area? Becky Newell joined us live to discuss 5 tips for helping children with dyslexia. We as SLP’s touch on a lot of this when working on language develop...
This short, positive video is excellent viewing for anyone, but particularly for children who have dyslexia. A number of famous and successful people - who all have dyslexia - state the area in which they excel and then introduce themselves.
Dyslexic Advantage | Because I’m Dyslexic
Dyslexic Advantage provides a space to share your story with us about how you grow because you are dyslexic. Join the Dyslexic Advantage Community.
Thanks for sharing, Jodi Kinzel!
This is an absolutely fabulous resource for families, children, teachers, and truly everyone. Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 learners. It's a learning difference and at times a superpower. There's so much we can do to enhance the learning of children with dyslexia. The videos and resources offered in this link are excellent viewing. Please share!
Dyslexia Awareness: In partnership with Made By Dyslexia
Microsoft and Made By Dyslexia have a shared mission to empower every person with dyslexia to reach their potential, and we have partnered to create tools to help make this happen. Empowering teachers, educators, and parents with knowledge is the first step to unlocking this potential, so we are wor...
To teach cursive or not to teach cursive... this is a provocative question. The arguments, quotes, and links in this article provide plenty of food for thought. From what I've observed, I can say that teaching cursive has many benefits, particularly for students who struggle with reading.
Cursive: Reasons It Should Be Taught Today & the Science Behind It
It is a grave mistake to believe that keyboard fi*****ng fluency will develop minds of students as much as traditional cursive handwriting lessons once did.