Recently, a tutor of a struggling reader asked me this question: “Do you have any advice on things to say to calm my student down? Sometimes my student gets in a loop of thinking. He cries and says he hates this tutoring, he can do harder stuff than this, his anger and...

Regardless of the reading program or strategies you use to encourage reading, I believe we can all agree that the best and most efficient way of improving reading ability is to read more. Like the old adage, practice makes perfect, this holds true with regard to sports...

Empirical research has reinforced the notion that curriculum-based assessment (CBA) procedures result in positive effects on the academic achievement of students with special needs (Jones, Southern, & Brigham, 1998). Although there are different approaches to CBA, ther...

In discussing learning disabilities (LD), one may frequently encounter the argument that African-American children, boys in particular, are disproportionately represented in the special education classroom—namely for various learning disabilities (Shealey & Lue, 2006)....

May 2, 2010

This week, I read a graduate student’s plan for a vocabulary lesson. Surprisingly, it included the word gumshoe. I was instantly intrigued. I hadn’t seen or heard any reference to that word in many years, and I probably won’t unless I’m reading an old crime novel or wa...

As adults, many of us have discovered the value of a good book. Books can provide an escape from the stress of everyday life and are also useful as informational tools. A good book imparts knowledge and understanding; at the end of a story we know something that we did...

This question—how can I help my child at home?—plagues many parents. When the McCormick’s tried to teach Ryan to sound-out words and answer questions about what he read, he snapped at them, pushed the book across the table, and threw a temper tantrum. When the Asher’s...

A key component in good instructional strategies includes motivational techniques. Anita Woolfolk (2004), a key educator and researcher in the area of student engagement, defines motivation as “an internal state that arouses, directs, and maintains behavior” (p. 350)....

March 2, 2010

In developing individualized educational plans (IEPs) for students, federal regulations require an annual review of the program, and further require that parents be contributing members of the IEP team. Depending on the size of the school district, annual review meetin...

Reading Disabilities: Beating the Odds
By Howard Margolis and Gary G. Brannigan
2009, New Jersey: Reading 2008 and Beyond, 301 pages.

It is no secret that reading difficulties cause a great deal of anguish. Teachers are perplexed about what to do in the classroom, paren...

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