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  • Creating Positive Student Outcomes in Middle School Special Education: How to Teach Point of View

    by Erin Broudo

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    Provide Models

    From infancy onward, we all need models to learn new skills. Infants’ babbling mirrors the sounds of caregivers and lays the foundation that enables them to develop spoken language. Children learn by watching models and mimicking—to dress themselves, show manners, and swing on a swing set, for example. In fact, throughout our lives we depend

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    Overcoming Dyslexia, Finding Passion: Piper Otterbein at TEDxYouth@CEHS

    High school senior Piper Otterbein in a TEDx Youth video speaks about her struggles with dyslexia and the strengths she has realized because of it.

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  • Active Reading Strategies

    Explore and understand active reading strategies. This one-page summary from McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University outlines ways that teachers can encourage and support active reading in their classrooms.

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  • Effective Reading Instruction

    Learn more about effective reading instruction.  This Reading Teacher article from 2002 outlines data and analysis on the idea that how reading is taught is important to reading progress. Although over a decade old, this article supports the case for explicit reading instruction using phonics and other building blocks to reading.

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  • Motivation in the Classroom

    Learn about the different types of motivation in the classroom. This article from Mindshift explores and summarizes information from a working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child out of Harvard University.  The paper explored not only what can prevent motivation but what also can inspire it.

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  • Research-based Reading Instruction

    Understand the need for research-based reading instruction in schools.  Louisa Moats writes this practitioners guide to identifying effective reading programs that follow a progression of reading skills from phonemic awareness through reading comprehension.

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  • Support Students with Learning Disabilities

    Understand how to support students with learning disabilities.  This Edutopia article outlines research and resources that debunk common myths around learning differences and outlines ways that teachers can work to help all students achieve.

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    Promoting Student Interest and Motivation

    The Importance of Interest and Motivation Recent research about brain functions demonstrates the value of interest and motivation in the development of academic skills, specifically for secondary students. FMRIs have allowed researchers to study the activation of different areas of the brain during specific tasks. This research suggests that students need to be interested and

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Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Word Study

Phonemic awareness and phonics are two foundational prerequisite skills for reading development, but current research suggests that word study may be a more appropriate approach for older students.