Struggling Readers: Three of the Most Common Reading Challenges

Today’s post is all about our struggling readers.  We’ve all had them.  We all want to do our best to help them.  But sometimes, that is easier said than done.  To begin to help our struggling readers, we have to begin by identifying their greatest need.  For most readers, they are struggling in one of three areas. Struggle #1: Sight Words One of the most common struggles that students have lies in their ability to recall basic sight words.  We have students begin memorizing words in primary grades, because we all know that some words just cannot be stretched out.…

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Sight Words: My Easy Way to Assess in Minutes

I haven’t posted anything from my world in special education in quite a while, so here it goes.  I am currently teaching fifth grade, general education, AND squeezing in a precious thirty minutes of special education instruction with my fourth and fifth-grade special education students.  It is by far my favorite time of day.  Despite being my favorite time of day, we have HUGE deficits that we need to fill, and we cannot afford to waste a second. At the beginning of the year, I had a file with flash cards of each Dolch sight word.  I would print out the…

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Progress Monitor like a PRO: What do you need to know?

Raise your hand if you love to progress monitor?!  Collecting data can often be stressful, confusing, and ineffective.  As I am trying to juggle both a general education classroom AND special education duties, I am finding it difficult to help teachers track data appropriately.  Today, I created and shared a few tips  with my fellow teachers and wanted to pass them along to you as well! Collect MORE than Work Samples Many of the teachers in my building collect data by saving work samples from the classroom.  While this is extremely valuable information and shows the student’s ability to perform in your classroom,…

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