Both “ai” and “ay” say the long A sound. We use “ai” in the middle of the word (think rain, pail, train, mail) and “ay” at the end of the word (play, stay, day, May).Read More
I love to provide literacy based centers that reinforce the learning that took place during the small group time. Students rotate through a series of centers where they can work independently (or with a partner at times) to further engage with literacy experiences.
If you look at our Suggested Literacy Block schedule, you will note that SMARTER Intervention lends itself nicely to this type of classroom system.Read More
So data tracking is one of those necessary evils for all interventionists, special educators, speech language pathologists…we all can commiserate together.
But it’s one of those things that is just absolutely critical to determine whether or not students are growing and making progress in their intervention setting. We see students who are struggling and have gaps and we need to make sure those gaps are in fact closing.
So on top of all the other things we are managing in our intervention setting, from behavior management, to lesson introduction and skill targeting, we need to be tracking and monitoring data during our sessions.
So here are the three biggest mistakes we often see when supporting special education teams and interventionists…and no judgement here because we’ve #beenthereRead More
If you are reading this, we want to thank you for caring so much about your students. Thank you for caring enough to be curious about how you can be the best resource for them. Thank you for putting in the time and the hard-work.Read More
One of the most “eye-opening” moments for me in intervention, was when I had a student come in and ask, “what are the other kinds of letters besides vowels and consonants?” I didn’t understand. He asked again and when I explained that those were the only two kinds of letters, he was AMAZED. I had never thought to explain this to him before because I assumed he knew that there were no other types of letters.Read More
Oh boy, targeted instruction is a big one - so buckle up because we absolutely LOVE this topic. What does it mean to provide targeted literacy instruction? Well, we are so glad you asked. As you already know by now, we are huge fans of using the literacy processing triangle basically everywhere possible. Have you seen it?Read More
One of the things we hear over and over is that we need to be using evidence-based practices in intervention. Using evidence-based intervention is critical to student success. You can’t use that resource because it’s not evidence-based.
But what does that even mean?Read More
We’ve all been there.
Planning for our students had us stressed. It had us burning out and tired. It was nothing short of exhausting, and on top of that, our students weren’t connecting with it. They weren’t growing in a way we would expect knowing how much work we were putting into it.
…and then we figured out why.Read More