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Motivation for NaNoWriMo

A few minutes ago I posted a link on my FB page to a list of ways to stay motivated during NaNoWriMo.  Although outside motivation can help, I believe that the best motivation comes from within!  This is because all of us inherently … Continue reading

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Encouragement for NaNoWriMo

Hi Folks, If you or your child has decided to do NaNoWriMo–even if unofficially–more power to you!  I wish you all the best.  Today is technically day 5 of the challenge, but if you are taking one day off per … Continue reading

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Happy NaNoWriMo

Today kicks off NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month–which takes place every November. During this month, one very special group of my students will be participating for the very first time. I haven’t asked for the next Great American Novel, but I … Continue reading

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You Can Do This!

Thank you so much for spending Dyslexia Awareness Month with me.  I’ve never taken on the challenge of posting so many blogs in a row before and hope that you were blessed.  I want to leave you with the encouragement … Continue reading

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The Sound of /k/

For the sound of /k/, we have a few choices.  How we spell the word depends on several factors.  Do you remember us discussing how, when deciding how to spell a word, we must look to morphology first, then etymology, … Continue reading

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A Tribute to John Taylor Gatto

An amazing educator died last week.  John Taylor Gatto, for those of you who have not heard of him, was named Teacher of the Year in New York City’s Schools in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and also New York State’s Teacher … Continue reading

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Reading What is THERE …

… rather than what you THINK is there seems to be the other really big problem that plagues many readers. I’ve taught reading for long enough that I see this is both young beginners as well as established readers well … Continue reading

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Finger Tapping

Sometimes it seems like the hardest part for beginning readers to grasp is that of seamlessly blending sounds together to form syllables or words. I’ve found that tapping the individual sounds one after another, starting out slowly, then moving faster … Continue reading

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Comprehension

The dictionary defines comprehension as the capacity of the mind to understand; power of the understanding to receive and contain ideas; capacity of knowing. The verb form of the word, comprehend, means to take in, to take with, to imply, … Continue reading

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Writing

The arts of language really are composed of four actions: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Everything in the Big Five of Literacy, indeed in all English classes on the planet, are some subtopic of one or more of these four … Continue reading

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