Well, I finally have it! All summer I have been trying to hone in on exactly how I wanted to structure my blog. I knew I wanted to blog – as I have lots of ideas that I would like to share and many passionate thoughts about literacy and dyslexia. I just wasn’t sure where to begin. As always, I pitched my many “great” ideas to my husband, who quickly pulled me back down to earth and said…”keep it simple, do what you do best, be creative and share what you love the most – the ideas that you have when working with kids – that’s what people would like to hear”.
I think he is right and that is just what I will do. This blog will be a place where I share fun ideas, activities and games that I incorporate when teaching students to read and spell using the Orton-Gillingham Approach to literacy. The O-G approach is flexible and allows for great creativity as we strive to meet the individual needs of our students. I find that students learn best when they are having fun. Often it is even possible to make the mundane, structured components of our lesson a little “zippier” as well.
Through this monthly blog, I hope to provide ideas that can be helpful to my colleagues, as well as parents working to improve literacy at home. At Triad Academy at Summit School, we strive to fill every lesson with many opportunities for students to learn through visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile strategies (VAKT). My goal will be to share some of my more interesting teaching ideas that help kids learn to read in a fun and supportive environment!
Best wishes for a happy back to school…See you in a month with my first tip!