Milford Beacon (Georgetown, DE)
For a struggling reader, teachers say a student's ability to hear their own voice can make all the difference. This is why Benjamin Banneker Elementary School teacher Cary Knight has taken the initiative to add a little fun to the learning process. Knight was recently awarded a grant from donorschoose.org to get new "whisper phones," devices that allow students in her Response to Intervention classroom to clearly hear their own voices as they learn new words. "It amplifies their own voice and lets them hear the sounds they're saying versus some of the other sounds happening in the room," Knight explained. Knight said the whisper phones help with those phonetic skills and fluency, which then allows students to take what they’ve learned about individual words and apply them to connected text for comprehension.