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...

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...

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,...

Orton Gillingham Coaching: Teaching Open Syllables, Tools and Strategies


https://youtu.be/x45Fxy5kVTo Video on Strategies and Teaching, with 7 activities, Open Syllables Teaching Open Syllables, Tools & Strategies Open Syllable is the third syllable pattern you teach in Orton Gillingham in the REVLOC system of syllable patterns. Open Syllable Pattern The Open Syllable pattern is CV or V – Consonant, Vowel (or just Vowel). The open vowel at the end...

Orton Gillingham Coaching: Consonant Sound Spelling Tools & Strategies


https://youtu.be/nQl2jEsXehE What Is Sound Reading and Sound Spelling? Sound Reading asks, what does this letter say? Sometimes it says one sound and sometimes it says multiple sounds. Examples: What does S say? S says, /s/ and /z/ as in sun and rose What does F say? F says /f/ as in fan Sound Spelling asks, what letter or letter combinations...

Orton Gillingham Coaching: Teaching Magic-E (Silent E) Syllables, Tools & Strategies


https://youtu.be/y-_vENKfXSA Video on Magic E Syllables in REVLOC System of Labeling Syllables Teaching Magic-E (Silent E) Syllables, Tools & Strategies Magic E is the second syllable pattern you teach in Orton Gillingham in the REVLOC system of syllable patterns. Magic E Syllable Pattern The Magic E pattern is VCE – Vowel, Consonant, Silent E at the end. The silent...

Orton Gillingham Coaching: Scope & Sequence, Should I Use One? What Does Multi-Sensory Look Like?


https://youtu.be/SrDIYN_YpKc Scope & Sequence, the Way to See the Macro & Micro of OG Your Orton Gillingham Scope and Sequence is your roadmap as a teacher, and it can also serve as a check-list. It’s a great way to see the broad picture of your subject. Many curriculums that are as comprehensive as OG come with a...