Author - Amanda Bennett

Keeping Students Engaged During Winter Break

Winter break is fast upon us, and as the weather cools, our students are looking forward to free time away from the classroom. Summertime brings on the phenomenon known as the summer slide where students can lose much of what they’ve learned in the previous school year. While winter break isn’t nearly as long as summer break, keeping students engaged and learning outside the classroom is still important. Read More

Phonics Really Did Work For Me: How Early Reading Intervention Changed My Life

Some people have hazy memories of their elementary school days, and others have early memories seared into their brains, hills and valleys on the topography of their lives.

I encountered one such valley in 1991. I sat in my parents’ bedroom reading aloud to them from one of my first grade schoolbooks. I was so proud to demonstrate my new skills, eagerly anticipating their admiration and praise. There were only a few lines of text per page; colorful drawings dominated each spread of the little hardback book.

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