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Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s we are going to go fishing for sounds! Fishing for Sounds is similar to the classic children’s magnetic fishing toy: “fishing rods” with magnets at the end and “fish” with metallic disks. Your child can play this alone or with siblings. For every “fish” caught, a player reads the word on the card. Read the word on the card correctly and the player gets to keep their “catch”. The best part – this game also helps to build eye/hand coordination – building better readers and writers!
If you have worked with students who have learning disabilities for any length of time, you are keenly aware of the inequities inherent to special education. While there are racial disparities throughout special education, in this post I am going to specifically focus on Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and white vs black. It needs to be noted that there are considerable gaps between white special education students and almost all minorities but, for simplicity, we’ll keep this conversation spotlighted on white vs black. Let’s begin with identification.
Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s reading tip is twist on the classic game of bowling. Bowling for Sounds is set up and played similar to classic bowling; the main difference being how you score points. For every pin knocked down, a player reads 5 words using the pattern/skill written on the pin; they receive 1 point for each word read correctly. The player with the most points at the end of 10 rounds, wins!
Masters of Teaching (MAT): Special Education
Former Special Education Teacher (English/Reading):
Kennedy Krieger Institute & Baltimore County Public Schools
Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher: The Center for Effective Reading Instruction
Associate in Training: Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
International Dyslexia Association Member
Dyslexia and ADHD are prevalent in my family, with multiple diagnoses of both in my immediate and extended family. This, combined with my experience teaching English and reading for the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Baltimore County Public Schools, instilled in me a passion for working with beginning and struggling readers. In my view, the ability to read is an essential life skill which no one should be denied.
I received my Masters of Teaching in Special Education from Goucher College and am trained in the Orton Gillingham Approach to reading instruction. Currently, I am working towards the Associate Level Certification from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). I am also a member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).