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#inthenews: July edition

Want to listen to this post? Highlight text, click the speaker, and it will be read aloud to you, thanks to GSpeech technology! I have seen the Great Predictor of Reading Disabilities pop up #inthenews multiple, trusted sources, so I felt the need to comment. I have to admit that my thoughts on this aren’t 100%… Read more »

#ISTE2015: Sunday Round-up

I was only at ISTE for two and a half hours today, and I have so much to say that I wanted to blog about it right away (I can only imagine how much I’ll have to say after a 12-hour day tomorrow!). My evening started with the keynote by Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien). She. Was…. Read more »

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Supports & Technology Tools

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are surrounded by a lot of questions – from parents and educators alike. I spent several years working with students with a range of skills, but they all progressed, so I know that all kids can. One major obstacle is parents not knowing what information to believe, what to advocate for, and… Read more »

Strengths of People with Learning Disabilities

I’m so proud of my article on Noodle.com about strengths of people with Learning Disabilities. I had excellent editors, and it’s certainly more comprehensive than the nugget it started from (on this site). Read it, share it, upvote it, comment on it, whatever you do, remember it as you work with students with learning disabilities.

Portrait of a Great Teacher

Great Teacher gets to work a few minutes early so she* can chat with the other Early Birds. Having one-on-one non-academic conversations with each student is crucial. This helps students feel respected, and in turn, it helps them respect you back (which reduces behavioral issues). Great teacher happily discusses her weekend with her students at… Read more »

Jedi Mind Trick 1

A former colleague of mine used to talk about “Jedi Mind Tricks.” It’s that thing where you make the students think they’re choosing something, but they’re not. Yes, it’s sneaky, but it works, makes students feel empowered, and I’m always well-meaning when I do it (I swear!). Here’s my first Jedi Mind Trick that I… Read more »

Person-First Language: Why it Matters & Why you Should Use It

As Dyslexia Awareness month draws to a close, I’m seeing lots of articles about “dyslexics.” All are well-intentioned, and many are informative, but I can’t help but be thrown by the subtext that a person is defined by their diagnosis. I wrote an argument for person-first language with additional resources (from more articulate people/sources) for Noodle.com. Comments… Read more »

More articles on Noodle.com

When it rains, it pours! Here are my latest articles about Learning Differences & Reading on Noodle.com. They cover a range of topics, so there should be something for everyone… 7 Best Ways to Help your Kids Learn to Read: an article about reading comprehension strategies Transitioning from High School to College: What Students with… Read more »

Learning Disability or Learning Difference? An Article on Noodle.com

Here’s a topic I have chatted about a lot with colleagues, parents, and friends. Is it a Learning Disability or Learning Difference? What’s the appropriate terminology, and when? I have read several reputable sites (included in the Sources for the article) that argue for the continued use of “Learning Disability” to reduce stigma, and to reduce… Read more »

I’m back from vacation…and better than ever :º)

I went on vacation and swore off (almost all) technology. Hence: no blog posts. But I haven’t been idle! I’ll post a few articles I wrote for noodle.com that are intended to be shared with parents, teachers, whomever! I’ve also been doing more training into SRSD, which has led me to develop more materials for… Read more »