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I just took Orton Gillinghan training, now what?

I just took Orton Gillinghan training, now what?

 Taking an Orton Gillingham course is just the start of your training. So, if you watched a youtube video of a person hanging wallpaper does that qualify you to hang wallpaper in other peoples’ homes? Would your walls be as...

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Handwriting instruction in an OG lesson

Handwriting instruction in an OG lesson

How often have you done an intake session with your new student only to discover their handwriting was illegible? As we know, the struggle that appears at age six usually hasn’t miraculously resolved by age 10 or 16 or even...

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Pacing

Pacing

 How slow can you go? For many Orton-Gillingham practitioners, the answer is not slow enough. We move as fast as we can and as slow as we must—the wisest words ever spoken when it comes to pacing. How do we...

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Word books... can you ever have too many?

Word books... can you ever have too many?

  When I took Orton-Gillingham training we received several word books—all classics, all invaluable tools for an OG practitioner. Why do we need so many books? Why isn't just one enough? As I mentioned earlier,  I received the following books...

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Endings rules don't need to be hard.

Endings rules don't need to be hard.

I made it easy for you.   As some of you know, I wrote a book on how to teach the endings rules. I knew there were a million workbooks on this topic, although few of the workbooks give an...

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There is nothing magic about e

There is nothing magic about e

Magic, by definition, is unexplainable and mysterious; silent e isn’t that. When I hear teachers say "magic e" it usually makes my toes curl. I want to jump up and say what is so magical about it? What are these...

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