Posts Tagged: learning differences

Weekend Wisdom via Understood.Org

I’m excited to be part of another Experts Live! event called Weekend Wisdom via Understood.Org. As part of their #StartSchoolStrong campaign, they have a month of online events to help caregivers help their kids be successful in the new school year. I am honored to be part of a Weekend Wisdom discussion on extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, some students… Read more »

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

I wrote my first post for BAM Radio’s EdWords blog, and I’m cross-posting it below. To view the original, please click here.   With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility Teachers are superheros!  When students struggle with a task (e.g. reading), understandably, they may become unmotivated to do that task. As expected, much of the time when… Read more »

Podcast for 1 Year(s) Teaching

Hi there! Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to chat with Justin from the 1st Year(s) Teaching podcast. I had heard about the podcast because of his interview with NPR Ed writer Anya Kamenetz. We discussed common misconceptions, philosophies about teaching, and technology tools to support all learners. Listen here!

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 »

YouTube Tips for Teachers

Click here to Tweet this article   YouTube is an incredibly useful tool – it can explain information, it can explore worlds that children have never seen, it can increase engagement (don’t get me started on schools that block YouTube). Approach videos the same way you would any other text: with Close Reading (or Close Viewing?). As with… Read more »

Growth Mindset and Learning Differences

I’ve been tinkering around with my thoughts about growth mindset for a while when I read this Salon article by Alfie Kohn about the Perils of Growth Mindset last summer. For me, the main argument was that we shouldn’t simply be encouraging kids to “try harder,” when there are systemic problems within our education system. Relatedly, he argues that… Read more »

#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 »

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 »

#ISTE2015: Wednesday Round-Up

Last day of #ISTE2015, and what a ride it’s been! @EdTechKaraoke was nuts! Yet I managed to make it to the first session at 8:30 :º) It was led primarily by Mark Surabian (@marksurabian), with assistance by John Calvert (@jcalvert4). Mark is an assistive technologist, and our paths have crossed before at the Everyone Reading conference… Read more »