Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness

Michael Heggerty was a great veteran educator at the elementary level. He was active in the education world for over 30 years, of which 28 as a classroom teacher. All through his life, Dr. Heggerty has always been life-long learning himself and his CV includes two master credentials and one doctorate degrees. When Dr. Heggerty was a 1st-grade teacher, he was working on a research project about the key role phonemic awareness plays in the process of how to acquire and master reading skills best. For the succeeding years, he continued his research and started to develop materials for a consistent and efficient curriculum for phonemic awareness development. Michael Heggerty went on to (in 2003) establish Literacy Resources Inc. and he published “Phonemic Awareness”, his first version of the now so well-known curriculum Continue Reading

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What is Reading Wonders?

Reading Wonders is a fully digitalized reading education program that is developed in line with the Common Core Education Standards for Reading English. Every component of the program combines research-based learning methods and instruction with lots of new tools to meet contemporary education requirements and challenges. All components of the program and all lessons are designed for efficiently and effectively meeting the Common Core Standards. Reading Wonders is an English Language program developed by education publisher McGraw-Hill for Kindergarten-K–6. The Wonders Literacy Program offers research-based literacy education, a great scaffolded program for student success, as well as a well-designed parent section with updates and weekly newsletters. The Wonders program is in line with the Common Core Standards that are introduced in and accepted by most American states and the program includes many materials that allow teachers Continue Reading

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How does Whooo’s Reading work?

Whooo’s Reading is a great app for motivating, monitoring, and tracking student progress. Students can earn coins and go to the owl store for upgrading their owls. Students have many choices and it’s easy to track their progress. Whooo’s Reading Comprehension questions are based on Common Core Education Standards and are set up in a way that students can deepen their critical reading skills. The app is a great and accessible tool for teachers wishing to keep up with their students’ process of reading comprehension. Accelerating your students’writing and reading comprehension skills is now easier and more authentic than ever before. Whooo’s Reading lets your students think independently through open-ended quizzes and questions for every grade’s book, rather than filling in D, C, B, or A. The program stimulates students in the age groups 5-14 to read Continue Reading

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Characteristics of the Poor Comprehender and Implications for Instruction

Poor comprehenders often suffer from what experts call learned helplessness. Some children who struggle when they are learning how to read develop a negative perception of themselves as learners. This self- concept of being helpless in a learning situation leads the struggling reader to believe that he/she has little or no internal control over success and failure. They underestimate their ability and expect to do poorly in future learning situations. These expectations of failure often lead to poor motivation, which in turn leads to inactive learning meaning they do not engage in strategic efforts to promote effective learning. This inaction leads to more failure, which confirms their negative perception of themselves as learners. A child’s personal beliefs about himself/herself as a learner does influence how a child addresses and solves Continue Reading

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How to reduce the size of a ppt

When you want to reduce your ppt size, you may very well reduce the size of your files. With PowerPoint images, you will make the file size of your presentations quite large, particularly when did embed high-resolution photos and images. To compress the file size of your PowerPoint presentation, you may begin to optimize your photos and images. To do so, follow these steps to reduce the size of your photos and images: (For Windows/Microsoft PowerPoint ’10, ’13, and ’16)

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Online Learning – How Does It Work

A Brief History of Online Learning Online education, also known as distance learning or web-based learning, is not as new as you might think. The origins of distance learning can be traced back to a British man by the name of Sir Isaac Pitman. In 1840, Pitman advertised a correspondence course in the penny press and within five years had 10,000 customers across the British Empire taking shorthand lessons by mail. By 1926, there was an established market for mail-order education in the United States, with some 300 private correspondence schools in operation. Late in the century, distance education really took off as a result of emerging video and CD-ROM technologies. But it was the development of the Internet, a new universal medium of interaction, which really fueled the evolution Continue Reading

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Where do stories come from?

A common question is “Where do you get your stories from”.  The simple answer is it’s just stuff that happens.  Anything that happens to you can be turned into a useful story, it’s just a question of how you look at it, how you tease out the tacit messages and the metaphors in a series of events to fit a particular context. So the story I tell in this video is based on a very simple event that lasted for less than half an hour.  It involves two characters and is something that could happen to anyone.  Yet this is a story that has been incredibly useful in at least three different contexts. I’ve told the same story: in a therapeutic context, as a metaphor in trance; in social situations Continue Reading

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Consider Teaching

The teaching profession has undergone many challenges over the years with school systems adapting to a change in culture and technology but overall becoming a teacher is still a rewarding career choice for many reasons. Influence Every student is a potentially successful person. Those teachers who have the ability to look past a child’s flaws and see a future leader can influence not only that child but also society. A good teacher not only has this second sight but also the ability to bring these qualities out in a child and make a profound difference in that child’s life. Education It is no secret that teaching helps teachers learn more. Teaching requires a vast amount of research and studies on a daily basis to complete classroom activities, therefore teachers become Continue Reading

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How and Why to Support your Library

Support your local library to keep the many great public services, educational and entertaining, free and available to everyone in the community. Public libraries are wonderful community resources that can enrich the entire family. From traditional book lending to providing Internet service and music or magazines, the library offers a wealth of free entertainment that cannot be matched by other civic organizations. To support these great services, why not make a donation of time, money, or goods? Not only will you feel good about giving back to an organization that serves you well, you will also champion others rights to partake of the library’s numerous offerings.

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Reading and Writing as Approximation of Text

Traditional practice allowed children to write only after they could write most of the letters and spell basic words correctly so as to not produce bad habits. The emergent literacy research of Sulzby, Teale, and Kamberelis indicated that children learn many new concepts about letters and words. Equally important, they developed the confidence that besides making letters correctly and spelling words conventionally, they could write to communicate, to tell something they wanted to say. As Cunningham states, children “are not ruined by being allowed to write before they can write.” Both reading and writing involve understanding the graphophonic relationship between letters and sounds based on the alphabetic principle. Whether children learn this relationship for reading or for writing does not matter since both processes require an understanding of this code.

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