Morpheme Monday July 15, 2019

Morpheme Monday July 15, 2019

This week you will learn about a prefix that is good to teach students once they already know several morphemes, a root that is best left for experienced students and a suffix that is one of the first morphemes you should teach. Let’s stop to review a few of the...
Morphological Awareness

Morphological Awareness

What is Morphological Awareness? Morphological awareness is an understanding of the morphemic patterns in words and knowledge of what the morpheme means. The English language is full of polysyllabic words that contain prefixes and suffixes to extend and expand the...
Morpheme Monday: July 8, 2019

Morpheme Monday: July 8, 2019

Today is Monday July 8th and it’s the first ever #MorphemeMonday! You may be wondering what exactly #MorphemeMonday is: it is simply a day to bring awareness about the importance of morpheme instruction to parents and educators out there.   Technically speaking,...
Changes to the SLD criteria in DSM-5

Changes to the SLD criteria in DSM-5

The diagnosis, Specific Learning Disorders, is technically still pretty new, but it does not mean it is a new disorder. In reality, it is the rebranding of Specific Learning Disabilities to reflect how it is perceived in the medical field and includes two significant...
A Teacher’s Cry for Help

A Teacher’s Cry for Help

Yesterday I received a message from a teacher in Northern British Columbia that brought me to tears. She wrote to me asking for help with one of her students, who is significantly behind her peers in reading. This family has a history of dyslexia, so that means there...
What is Executive Functioning?

What is Executive Functioning?

What are Executive Functions? Executive functions are cognitive (brain-based) processes an individual uses to concentrate, pay attention and get things done. They are sometimes referred to as executive control, cognitive control or executive skills.  Executive...
Specific Learning Disorders

Specific Learning Disorders

According to the DSM-5*, the term Specific Learning Disorder (aka SLD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a biological origin that affects an individual’s academic skills, not their developmental milestones.   Let me break down some of those terms for you and...
Beyond Decoding to Reading Fluency

Beyond Decoding to Reading Fluency

Reading Fluency ** A guest post by Lynn Givens ** Fluency is made up of “accurate reading of connected text at a conversational rate with appropriate prosody or expression.” (Hudson, Lane, & Pullen, 2005) Reading fluency is an essential component of reading....