Skills Spotlight: How Assessments Identify Strengths and Needs


Why do we need assessments? What Assessments should we use? How often should we assess a student? Let's answer those questions. Assessments help know where a student is in the learning process and cater to a student’s needs. They also identify strengths and weaknesses in a student’s skills to tailor instruction effectively. Assessments are usually conducted...

A Simple Guide for Teaching Short Vowels Using Multi-Sensory


If you're teaching short vowels using the Orton Gillingham approach, this guide has some direction and ideas for you. Let’s walk through effective strategies to help your students not only understand short vowels but also retain and use their knowledge. Start with Phonemic Awareness Developing a student’s phonemic awareness and the ability to clearly hear the...

6 Easy Steps to Teach Better Spelling (Video): SOS Technique


https://youtu.be/8rf-2G0oOhE 6 Easy Steps to Spelling Better: SOS Spelling Technique Spelling can be a challenge for both kids and adults but throw in a word that makes no sense phonetically, (especially when you are teaching phonics!), and it can throw students for a loop. Simultaneous Oral Spelling (SOS Technique) can be a spelling-lifesaver. It’s used in...

Easy Steps to learning Syllable Division Types, an Overview from Orton Gillingham Coaching


https://youtu.be/3AK7CFd9Gyc This article is to provide an overview of syllable division rules. A birds-eye view into why we are learning REVLOC and how to utilize syllable labeling. What is syllable division? Most of my videos so far have been going over syllable types REVLOC, but I want to give an overview of why we are teaching REVLOC...

Making Sense of the Consonant Reading Deck from Orton Gillingham Coaching


https://youtu.be/XJaIKgd1g5o What is a reading consonant? A reading consonant is when you ask what sound(s) letter or letter combinations make. For example, b says /b/, it only makes that one sound. But, g can make two sounds, /g/ and /j/ as in gem.   In comparison, spelling a sound, for example, is when you ask a student,...