April is National Poetry Month, so I wrote you a limerick!Read More
A Great Teaching Strategy!
A sentence frame is a teacher-created scaffold using a fill-in-the-blank format designed to help students ask or answer questions verbally or in writing. They are very effective for all students but especially for those who may require a bit more support. Take a look at our TOP TEN reasons you should be using these in your classroom.Read More
Overcoming reading challenges with students
“In every problem, there's a concealed solution…locking itself underneath…unlock, peruse, find and solve.” - Michael Bassey Johnson
As a child, I was an avid reader. It came easily and I enjoyed it, often finding myself lost in stories when I should have been cleaning my room or playing outside. As a teen, I continued to read for fun and was also able to learn by reading. Even attacking the piles of reading necessary in college was not a struggle for me. I read fast and had discovered comprehension strategies that ensured I understood. Reading was a puzzle I had solved quite easily with little effort.
Then, I became a special education teacher, and I realized that job included teaching children to read. At first I thought, “This can’t be hard. Reading is simple.” I was wrong! The more experienced I became and the more I learned about the complex process of learning to read, the more I panicked. Not only is reading a cognitive challenge, but the students that I would be working with had disabilities making this challenge even more intense. My students faced struggles like dyslexia, low cognitive ability, language disorders, and visual processing deficits. It was at that point that I realized teaching a student to read is like solving a puzzle and assessment held many of the necessary clues.Read More
Stay up-to-date with the best books this year!
There are three things we know well at Learners Edge - books, learning, and choice.
- Teachers LOVE books. I have a team full of former teachers who now write content for Learners Edge as part of the Curriculum and Instruction Team. And guess what…we still love books! From my desk, I can see about fifteen books on one team member’s desk alone and between the four of us writers, there are 64 books for an average of 16 each! That’s a lot of books!
- Teachers LOVE learning…always have and always will! The Curriculum and Instruction Team loves writing courses on new topics because as we read the text, we learn. When we design the course and develop assignments to ensure you fully comprehend key concepts and can apply new ideas in your classroom, we learn even more. We love learning just like you!
- Teachers want CHOICE. While this has been a more recent revelation for us, it’s clear: Personalized professional learning combined with choice on topics is more motivating, more engaging, and more fun for educators. It increases ownership and provides opportunities to grow in areas of need and/or interest identified by the learner! You! For that reason, we have five courses in our Personalized Continuing Education category. We are the only online continuing education company to offer these types of courses. Two of these courses allow you, the learner, to choose the book. iCourse is meant to be completed independently while Text Seminar is meant to be done in a group of two or more! Your learning, your topic, your way!
Get up-to-date Tech Tools for 2019
It’s 2019, and technology continues to reshape teaching trends in and out of the classroom. One of the most challenging obstacles for teachers is knowing what’s new, what’s coming, and how this technology can be used to infuse new tactics to engage, educate and learn. This year, the trends are about building the “Intelligent Digital Mesh” which encompasses:
- Intelligence – AI drives everything we do across many systems going into the future;
- Digital – The digital world brings the virtual and real worlds together in a new digital reality; and,
- Mesh – Connecting people, processes, and things together in new and interesting ways.
3 Key Strategies for Motivating Students to Read
Reading was always my FAVORITE subject in school. As a kid, I remember raising my hand with unbridled enthusiasm so that I might be chosen to read aloud to the class, “round robin” style. Whether it was the basal reader, a class novel or worksheet passages, I was hooked. I just loved to read. Anything.
This love of reading inevitably lead me to choose teaching as a career, as I’m sure was the case for many educators. As an elementary reading teacher (and parent of 3 kids), I’ve come to learn that this love of reading does not come naturally to all children. It’s a challenge for those of us that eat, sleep and breathe books to understand that, for some, reading is a chore. It is something that is required, or in some cases, something to be avoided at all costs!
Our classrooms are full of kids along the reading spectrum. So how do we help nurture a love of reading in our students, especially those that are the most reluctant (or even averse!)? Research tells us that intrinsic motivation is key and that sticker charts and pizza parties can actually decrease motivation. Yikes!
We’ve put together a list of 3 key research-based strategies that will help build a community of readers and increase intrinsic motivation for even the most reluctant reader in your classroom.Read More
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