Struggling readers

May 22, 2015

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb is a trailer from Libro.fm. Viewing the video is a strategy that could engage readers with an audiobook and its author and or illustrator before listening....

May 12, 2015

Summer reading can be painful when decoding problems and/or a slow reading rate means a child or teen will struggle to read traditional books in print. Instead, reading accessible book formats can turn the experience into something exciting—reading for pleasure.

Alternative Formats

Audiobooks, especially those that have built-in learning supports that some learners need, help to...

May 19, 2015

A reader wrote:

My main response is toward your general notion of the research surrounding teaching kids "at their level."

First, I think the way you're describing instructional/skill levels obfuscates the issue a bit. Instructional level, by definition, means the level at which a child can benefit from instruction, including with scaffolding....

May 14, 2015

How much of a "gap" can be compensated through differentiation? If my readers are at a 400 Lexile level, is there an effective way to use a 820 level chapter book?

This is a great question. (Have you ever noticed that usually means the responder thinks he has an answer).

For years, teachers were told that students had to be taught with books that matched their ability,...

May 8, 2015

It is Mother's Day weekend. Reading books together can build strong connections between moms and their daughters, says the popular education and advocacy group that promotes safe technology and media for children.

In fact, Common Sense Media advises that in order to form those bonds a...

May 6, 2015

Lucky guests can set aside "author studies" today, May 6. They will learn about literacy from the masters when the authors of Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Jon Scieszka), The Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson), and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Kate DiCamillo) convene at the Library of Congress (LOC) for an event that is open to the public and sure...

May 5, 2015

So many special education webinars, so little time. It is hard to choose. But, podcasts can be a short, sweet, and entertaining opportunity to inform teaching and learning.

Jump On In

When Sharon Plante uses her combined expertise of technology in education and learning disabilities for her #spedchat "Learning Differently" podcast interviews, the BAM Radio Network's Special Education...

April 24, 2015

Young people with dyslexia and other print disabilities need the same opportunities for social-emotional learning as their peers. Some of this growth occurs as they read books. A student with a print disability needs the same benefit from literature; but this student requires an accessible version in order to access the text. This is possible at no cost and happening for students whose...

April 29, 2015

Working with children means that you work with the significant adults in their lives. I’ve often found — both personally and professionally — that parents are flummoxed by the huge number of messages about raising children; all too often parenting becomes fraught with guilt.

I also know that all parents simply want the best for their children. They just may not know how to provide it. I...

April 23, 2015

Interactive books and e-books in digital formats move readers who struggle with print beyond their decoding difficulties and their slow reading rates into a new world of learning.

Learning Digitally

Accessibility features increasing are improving in digital book editions, and they are built-in from the start. Interacting with curriculum content stands to enrich vocabulary and aid...

April 8, 2015

 

In April the nation focuses on artistic expression during National Poetry Month. Listening to poetry is a welcome change of pace when reading print presents barriers to learning. There are many sources of poems available in multiple formats to help educators differentiate poetry instruction. Six follow and previewing always is advised.

180 Days

The Poetry 180 project at...

March 30, 2015

We are a K-12 district and are revamping our grade 6 through grade 8 instructional supports, which include a 40 minute additional session of reading and/or math instruction anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week. This extra instruction is provided to any student below the 50th percentile on the MAP assessments — roughly 2/3 of our student population in our five middle schools.

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March 11, 2015

Digital Learning Day on March 13 is an important time to remember that all digital text is not accessible. The focus for future digital purchases should be on products where digital text and images of all kinds are accessible to the widest range of students. 

Wise Buys

Buying accessible products – those that serve a diverse range of learning needs – is easier now as compared...

March 6, 2015

Captioned films aid instruction for students who struggle with decoding text and/or understanding language.

This month accessible media enlivens Women's History Month. This annual celebration lead by the National Women's History Project...

March 3, 2015

The " Notable Children’s Recordings" for 2015 are out from the American Library Association that can boost learning for children who struggle to read traditional books in print or inaccessible digital text formats.

High quality

A committee representing seven states from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) chose the...

February 23, 2015

The website "Understood.org" and Ben Foss, the founder of Headstrong Nation and a popular author-public speaker with dyslexia, has a deal for parents. Right now, there is a 100-book give-away made as part of Foss's interview last week with the Understood staff, "...

February 17, 2015

Short videos can go a long way to tell a promising story of how students with dyslexia and other special needs who learn differently can succeed in school. The videos chosen here run less than seven minutes. Each can be a resource to raise community awareness or to impart the latest thinking to aid professional development.

From AIM-VA Partners:

Bookshare

In...

February 13, 2015

"Leap Into Learning Differently," a new website by Sharon LePage Plante, is crafted carefully to include "amazing people who care about learning for all students." She is site founder and also a tireless teacher, tech director, and social-media-in-education aficionado who...

February 16, 2015

Accessible digital text is the way to go when students have differing abilities. Meanwhile, flexible digital learning also supports the variability that any single learner experiences in the course of a day.

Accessible materials, both finding and locating them, can be a complex business. Educational product features and built-in supports vary widely. For that reason, the...

January 26, 2015

Students who use a device to support their access to the curriculum often struggle because assistive technology (AT) can make them feel different from their peers.

Devices as strengths

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"If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book." —

J.K. Rowling