Tag Archives: Academic Ascents

Desire to Read

I believe that all students come into kindergarten with a desire to read. However, when it becomes hard for some students due to learning and language challenges, they begin to lose that desire and pretend they don’t care about reading. In fact, “the effects of falling behind in reading and feeling like a failure can …read more

Engaging and Empowering in the Classroom

George Couros presents in his book The Innovator’s Mindset, that “engagement is a good thing” but he encourages teachers to go beyond just engagement (2015, p. 96). He asserts that “we must also empower students and equip them with the skills to learn” (Couros, 2015, p. 96). I see these two components like layers to …read more

Summer of Balance

    For most students summer means the absence of school and the presence of camps, sports, art, exploration, and lots of time for play! As a teacher, I totally understand this sentiment, especially when thinking about our students with dyslexia who see school as a daily struggle. Summer is their lifeline, their chance to …read more

Knowledge is Power!

My #1 advice to parents is this: Educate yourself so that you can effectively advocate for your child’s specific learning needs. You are an expert on your own child already. Why not extend your knowledge and expertise to their education as well? It may seem like an overwhelming task at first but rest assured you …read more

Embrace Dyslexia!

Ben Foss begins the introduction of his book The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by asserting this fact: “I know that I’ve been able to accomplish my goals because I have integrated dyslexia into my life, not because I overcame it.” We are a society that struggles to embrace who we are and often seek to change …read more