Posts Tagged: teaching tips

COPS editing checklist

To help students become more independent and better at self-monitoring their writing, I give them a post-it checklist. The benefit is not only that they hit all the points (capitalization, order, punctuation, and spelling), but since they each have a separate checkbox, students are encouraged to check for each separately, thereby ensuring that their focus is not… Read more »

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When it rains, it pours! Here are my latest articles about Learning Differences & Reading on 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 »

SRSD: Models

A key component in Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) is providing your students with sufficient models, which they then use to score, critique, revise, and then as a sample for their own writing. Sometimes I write my own models. Sometimes I use previous or current student work. Other times, neither of those will do. So, where can you… Read more »

Technology for Reading Comprehension : 7 Best Strategies

In my previous post, I listed the 7 Best Reading Comprehension Strategies. Below are suggestions for how to use technology to work on each goal. Those of you who were at my Everyone Reading lecture will recognize many of these, though I’ve added a few new ones! While the research paper was for these strategies being… Read more »

7 Top Reading Comprehension Strategies: An Introduction

The Institute for Educational Services (IES) has an amazing website, with lots of research-based resources and white papers. One excellent resource, is the practice guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade. Among its great recommendations are teaching students Reading Comprehension strategies. They include: Activating Prior Knowledge (or Making Connections to the Text) Predicting Visualizing Questioning Making Inferences… Read more »

SRSD: ASHA Schools 2014 Poster, Handout, and Appreciation

I’d never been to an ASHA Schools conference before, and I was missing out! As an SLP and Learning Specialist who works with a school-aged population, I’ve often found the Annual ASHA conference overwhelming, irrelevant, and hit-or-miss. The ASHA Schools conference was an entirely different experience: speakers were primarily or all invited, sessions were longer, and everything… Read more »

Metacognition for life

I recently wrote an article on about how and why talking to yourself is effective. Teach your students the value of self-talk, and start applying it to your life, too.

Link to Love: Interactive Graphic Organizers 2

The ReadWriteThink site is extensive and has several amazing resources like lesson plans, articles, videos, and printouts, to name a few. The resources that I think I use the most, however, are the interactive graphic organizers… of which there are many! Which are your favorites?

Link to Love: Interactive Graphic Organizers 1

I love the HOLT website since they have diverse graphic organizers for a variety of genres and writing tasks, and you have the option of downloading the organizers OR writing on them online. Students tend to love the latter! Which oneself you or will you use the most?

Link to Love: Differentiation Theory & Practice

A lecture from the Churchill School and Center. For those of you not familiar with the institution, it is a school for students with learning differences in New York City. They spend a great deal of time on professional development for their staff, and this is a lecture about differentiation that I found online from Dr. Jane… Read more »