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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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Short a, sounds simple, right?

Short a, sounds simple, right?

 Introducing short a is so much more than just short a. When a student is learning to read and spell so many skills are being developed. It goes beyond memorizing words. Students who have not absorbed the English language,...

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What is an Orton Gillingham lesson?

So often I hear from people, parents and teachers alike, “What really is Orton Gillingham?” Since Orton Gillingham is not a curriculum, but rather a  discipline, it is like explaining an abstract noun! I find myself struggling to describe the...

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Welcome to Thoughts From My Notebook

Welcome to Thoughts From My Notebook

Looking back at my life I never imagined I would be here, talking to you now. I am quite sure none of my teachers would have predicted this either. I hated school, and it felt like school hated me back....

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