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Guest Blog: 5 Google Tools to Support All Levels of Reading

In order to reach different types of readers, I’ve submitted some guest blogs to other sites. More means more feedback, and more information dissemination about tools and best practices I’m passionate about. I am honored to be featured on the Emerging EdTech blog (by Kelly Walsh). Read my guest blog: 5 Google Tools to Support All… Read more »

Response to the ILA Research Advisory on Dyslexia

It’s been almost a week since someone shared the International Literacy Association’s Research Advisory paper on Dyslexia on one of the listservs I’m on. I am not 100% satisfied with my response, but I am 1 person doing this in my spare time not a whole panel of experts, and I still feel that I have… Read more »

Closed Captioning to Support Literacy

Turning closed captioning on while a child watches video content helps children with hearing or auditory-rooted difficulties, but I also frequently recommend closed captioning for students with dyslexia and other reading-based differences. Sound counterintuitive? It has two goals: One is simply to expose children to text in multiple facets of their life since we don’t want children… Read more »

Stop #summerslide: Reading Fluency (Middle School Edition)

Continuing on my quest to stop #summerslide, below are some resources to share with upper elementary, middle school/middle grades students, and even high schoolers. Reading Fluency Tips (Middle Grades)   General Tips/Thoughts reading fluency includes rate, accuracy, and intonation of reading. These can be worked on separately, or all together almost all kids are helped… Read more »

Stop #summerslide: Reading Fluency (Elementary Edition)

I have read several excellent articles about how & why summer slide happens, how we can prevent it, and why it is essential that we do. I will be linking to those articles in a new blog post soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share some tip sheets that I have been providing for… Read more »

Inspirational Quote Wall from people with LD’s

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@julesteaches) will have seen this image already, but I wanted to share it here, too. I ran a lesson about Learning Disabilities and Differences for a group of 7th & 8th graders at my school in honor of LD & Dyslexia Awareness month (mixed group of students… Read more »

Dyslexia Word Cloud

I looked up a few common definitions of dyslexia, and created a Word Cloud from it, below:     Although the words “difficulty,” “disorder,” and “difficulty” are (understandably) quite large, I like how large “intelligence” and “learning” are also quite prominently featured, as are “abilities” and “common.”   Sources used: National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Merriam-Webster’s… Read more »

Poetry About Dyslexia

Many of my students enjoy writing poetry. Its lack of structure is freeing, and it’s a wonderful outlet for self-reflection for them. Here are a 5 poems I found about dyslexia. The poets are not famous, but they do articulate their feelings about dyslexia in eloquent, relatable ways. My Dyslexia, by Kenjli Dyslexia and Me, by Natalie Davies… Read more »

Top Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia

There are so many great tools in app stores these days, but here are a few of my favorite tools for assistive technology. The IDEA defines assistive technology as being “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the… Read more »

Simulations of Dyslexia

While those who do not have dyslexia may never fully know what it is like to have dyslexia, below are a few simulations that I like that simulate the difficulty of reading and writing fluency. PBS has an amazing series of simulations called “Misunderstood” which includes examples of difficulties with: attention, reading, writing, and math. I’ve seen educators… Read more »