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The Exceptional Educator
79 minutes | 6 years ago
How Phonological Awareness Can Transform Struggling Learners Into Successful Readers With Dr. C. Melanie Schuele (The Exceptional Educator, Ep. 5)
Are you looking for teaching methods that will transform struggling learners into successful readers and spellers? Dr. C. Melanie Schuele I am delighted to feature Dr. C. Melanie Schuele on the Exceptional Educator podcast. She’s a speech-language pathologist, researcher, and associate professor at Vanderbilt University. Today, she shares with us how to supercharge student reading and spelling skills with explicit phonological awareness instruction. Melanie shows you how to extract the most out of every moment of your phonological awareness instruction. She provides step-by-step directions on how to scaffold instruction. With the right modeling, prompting, and guiding, you can effectively meet the needs of children with different ability levels. We also talk about the value of mistakes. They give us insights into how a child is processing phonological information. By thinking about why a child makes a mistake, we can respond in a way that guides the child towards greater accuracy, and more importantly, enduring mastery. In one of my favorite parts of the interview, Melanie shares stories about how the Intensive Phonological Awareness Program was created. One of the reasons I wanted to feature Melanie on the podcast is that she recently co-authored the Intensive Phonological Awareness Program. I’ve been using this program since it came out last summer, and I can’t recommend it enough. Because it walks the reader through every step of providing phonological awareness intervention, it can be used by educators, parents, and even para-professionals. Listen to this episode, subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, or stream the episode below: Your browser does not support the audio element. You can right-click here to download an mp3 of the show. In This Episode, Melanie and I Discuss: Why students who aren’t reading at grade level by 3rd grade don’t catch up to their peers. How phonemic awareness is the natural precursor to decoding. The difference between phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, and phonics. The best age to start phonemic awareness instruction. Developmentally appropriate and inappropriate phonemic awareness instruction. What happens when phonemic awareness isn’t sticking? As a teacher, what can you do? Best practices for collaboration between teachers and specialists when teaching phonemic awareness. What is tiered instruction for phonemic awareness? What does Tier III intervention look like? The reasoning behind offering Tier II instruction to students who will need further Tier III intervention. How to avoid testing student knowledge when we should be teaching students how to succeed. When a student has no awareness of sounds, where do you start? Providing effective scaffolds for phonemic awareness instruction. How can teachers and learning specialists narrow the research-to-practice gap? How paying attention to kids’ mistakes is the key to effective scaffolding. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast: Speech To Print – by Louisa Moats. An excellent primer to help educators understand the basic concepts and terminology around reading. Intensive Phonological Awareness Program – from Brooks Publishing (get 10% off when you use the code ‘AF’) or available on Amazon. Child Language and Literacy Lab – Melanie’s lab website at Vanderbilt University Melanie’s Email – melanie DOT schuele AT vanderbilt DOT edu When Can I Get The Next Episode? Subscribe to the Exceptional Educator on iTunes or Stitcher to download the next episode automatically when it’s released. Thanks for tuning in! P.S. – As always, if you love this episode, please share it with a friend, colleague, or parent using the buttons below. ↴
53 minutes | 6 years ago
The Zen of Behavior Management with Dr. Alexis Filippini (The Exceptional Educator, Ep. 4)
Imagine a teacher just a few days into the school year, when BAM! Trouble. Kids blurt out constantly. They don’t stay in their seats. No one follows directions. This once enthusiastic educator walks into work feeling more discouraged and unsupported every day. Her students’ engagement and motivation take a nose dive. Sound familiar? Classroom management problems can be more than a headache. For tens of thousands of teachers, these everyday frustrations erode the desire to teach. Disruptive behavior from just a few students can negatively affect learning for an entire class. Dr. Alexis Filippini Today Dr. Alexis Filippini shares her expertise on how to turn around everyday classroom challenges. She shares research-based approaches that support effective teaching, boost student achievement, and create a positive school climate. Dr. Filippini distills decades of research into easily actionable strategies. Her recommendations are effective in the classroom, small group, or one-on-one setting. She shares the art and science of how to create a calm, organized learning environment. Listen to this episode, subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, or stream the episode below: Your browser does not support the audio element. You can right-click here to download an mp3 of the show. In This Episode, Dr. Filippini and I Discuss: How Positive Behavioral Support helps teachers refine a proactive, preventative approach to behavior management. How common behavior challenges become opportunities for teaching self-regulation. How to reduce referrals and suspensions for all children. How to set class expectations that lead to behavioral success. How to reframe behavior as a method of communication. How the Responsive Classroom model can be used hand-in-hand with Positive Behavioral Support. How to find research-based resources. How to take advantage of your classroom space to promote positive behaviors. How experienced teachers can take their classroom management skills to the next level to promote student autonomy, engagement, and purpose. How this aphorism might be true: “The best classroom management plan is a good lesson plan.” Free Materials from Dr. Filippini: The Behavior Reset Template – A straightforward, 4-step plan for rebuilding classroom community. Available for download right here, so you can end the school year strong. Classroom Management Checklist – Visit Dr. Filippini’s website to download this practical resource. Use the checklist to tap into the research and tools to help you be more effective. Reaffirm what you’re already doing well and uncover some new ideas to tune-up your teaching. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast: Responsive Classroom Blog – A fabulous resource for teachers who are interested in implementing the Responsive Classroom approach. You can access newsletters, blog posts, videos, and book recommendations from Responsive Classroom. Responsive Classroom YouTube Channel – A treasure trove of teaching tips you can watch! Rules In School – by Kathryn Brady. A great resource for implementing Responsive Classroom strategies. IRIS Center at Vanderbuilt University – a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children. IRIS provides learning modules for teachers including Classroom Management (Part 1): Learning the Components of a Classroom Management Plan. Classroom Management Based on Respect: Get What You Give – Dr. Filippini’s upcoming webinar. (Part I: Wednesday, February 11, 3:30 – 4:15 pm PST / Part II: Thursday, March 19, 4:30 – 5:15 pm PST) Mindset – by Carol Dweck. Have you heard about growth mindset versus fixed mindset? This is the book that describes Dweck’s seminal research. It’s a powerful way to think about how we teach our students and how we can become better teachers. Also, we thought you’d like to know some of Alexis’ favorite reads: Teasing, Tattling, Defiance, and More – by Margaret Berry Wilson. Managing Classroom Behaviors – by James M. Kauffman, Patricia L. Pullen, Mark P. Mostert, Stanley C. Trent. Getting Classroom Management Right – by Carol Miller Lieber. This is Alexis’ go-to resource for middle and high school teachers. Don’t Want to Miss Another Podcast? Subscribe to the Exceptional Educator on iTunes or Stitcher. Want to See How Your Behavior Management Skills Stack Up? Where are you rocking in your classroom management? Where can you continue to refine your craft? For Exceptional Educator listeners, Dr. Filippini is sharing her simple Classroom Management Checklist. Do you know a teacher or parent who’d benefit from Dr. Filippini’s practical, effective strategies? Please share the podcast with a friend. _____________________________________________ Algozzine, B. et al. (2012). Effects of multi-tier academic and behavior instruction on difficult-to-teach students. Exceptional Children, 79, 45-64. Brady, K., Forton, M., Porter, D. (2011). Rules in School: Teaching Discipline in the Responsive Classroom. Northeast Foundation for Children.
76 minutes | 6 years ago
The Science of Spelling with Pete Bowers, PhD (The Exceptional Educator, Ep. 3)
Have you ever heard a teacher say, “Just sound out the word,” to a struggling young speller? Or maybe you’ve said those words to a student yourself? This simple strategy frequently backfires, especially for kids with dyslexia. Why do students end up spelling words like “jumpt,” or “advenchur”? In this episode, Dr. Pete Bowers reveals why “sounding it out” isn’t enough. He demonstrates how sound-symbol correspondence is a key principle in literacy instruction, but often we miss crucial components of our writing system: orthography and morphology. What’s more, research shows that this type of instruction is most powerful for struggling learners. Using Pete’s methods, teachers can revolutionize spelling instruction into a dynamic opportunity to foster logical thinking, vocabulary development, and deepen literacy skills. Dr. Pete Bowers Pete Bowers is the founder of the WordWorks Literacy Center in Ontario, Canada. In his career, he’s worked as an elementary classroom teacher, researcher, writer, and worldwide presenter. He’s a sought-after speaker in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. This summer, I had the pleasure of attending a conference Pete presented here in California, and it transformed my understanding of spelling and inspired my teaching. I know you guys are gonna love this one! Listen to this episode, subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, or stream the episode below: Your browser does not support the audio element. You can right-click here to download an mp3 of the show. In This Episode, Pete and I Discuss: How neither whole word nor phonics instruction addresses the whole picture. Why meaning-representation is the primary function of spelling in the English language. We discuss orthography and why should we care about our writing system. What to say to struggling readers instead of “Just sound it out.” The age when teachers can begin teaching morphology. When sounding out words fails e.g. “react” vs. “reeked.” Why avoiding morphology instruction could be hindering students with dyslexia. How to introduce morphological concepts in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom. The benefits of pairing spelling instruction with scientific inquiry. Empowering students with the tools to shed their false spelling hypotheses. Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast: Beginning To Read – by Marilyn Jager Adams. Adams makes a terrific argument for sound-letter correspondence. She also asserts that teaching morphology could be a mistake for younger kids, but this premise isn’t supported by research. The Word Matrix allows students to see the base morpheme and affixes. This reduces the working memory load and helps kids make connections between related words they might otherwise miss. Beyond The Word – A fabulous blog by classroom teacher, Lyn Anderson. Anderson shares the journey of her inquiry into English orthography. Mary Beth Steven’s 5th Grade Class Video on Orthography – You’ll love this video! Mini Matrix Maker – A web-based tool for creating work matrices. Word Microscope – Computer software for breaking up a word into its individual parts. PC only. Word Microscope Tutorial – This video Pete created, shows you how to use Word Microscope. Real Spellers Website – A community of spellers deepening their understanding of orthography. Using Word Sums, students generate words by combing prefixes, bases, and suffixes. A powerful tool for improving spelling and decoding skills. WordWorks Newsletter #76 – A great resource for teachers just getting started with morphology in the classroom. Teaching How The Written Word Works by Peter Bowers. Pete’s book provides lessons for educators who want to include morphology in their teaching. Pete’s Website – The WordWorks Literacy Center is Pete’s main website. Explore the site for more instructional videos and links to Structured Word Inquiry blogs. Thanks For Tuning In! If you’d like to know when new episodes of the Exceptional Educator are published, you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher to get automatic updates. My students love discovering the etymology of words, finding connections based on morphological patterns, and becoming critical thinkers. I hope your student find this literacy approach equally engaging. Help us spread the message about Structured Word Inquiry. If you enjoyed this show, please share with a friend or leave us a review in iTunes. Not sure how to leave a review? Here’s a quick video we made for you.
58 minutes | 7 years ago
How to Teach Students Who Are Too [Insert Emotion] to Learn, with Diana Kennedy (The Exceptional Educator, Ep. 2)
For a moment, I considered titling this episode, “How To Be A Cool Cucumber When Your Students Are Angry Apples.” Too much fruit. I don’t know about you, but remaining calm when a student is in pain is one of the most challenging parts of being an effective educator. And forget about actually teaching when a student goes nuclear. Diana Kennedy To help us manage these common difficulties, I’d like to introduce you to my friend and colleague, Diana Kennedy. Diana is a fellow educational therapist who runs a thriving private practice in Marin County, California. She’s compassionate and playful, and one of the best educational therapists I know. Listen to this episode and subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher or stream the episode below: Your browser does not support the audio element. You can right-click here to download an mp3 of the show. In this episode Diana and I discuss: Nurturing students who are the victims of trauma or who have witnessed trauma. The most effective resources for supporting students who struggle with emotional regulation. Using storytelling and mindfulness activities to help students name and express their feelings. Balancing social-emotional support with “real” academic work. Supporting individual students so they can self-regulate their emotions in the mainstream classroom. Using meta-cognitive techniques to help students cultivate self-awareness of different emotional levels. Teaching “self-conscious” kids to use breathing as a tool for emotional regulation. Helping students who experience anxiety in the classroom mitigate (and even overcome) their anxiety. When you should NOT ask students to show their work. Yes, you read that correctly. The importance of separating your emotions as a teacher from the students’ learning process. How to help kids understand and compartmentalize their learning differences. Supporting students through transitions, like beginning-of-school-year and end-of-school-year worries. Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – by Judith Viorst. Brain Stress Toy – This tool wasn’t actually mentioned in the show, but it’s related. This is how I like to show students where different parts of the brain are located! Wemberly Worried – by Kevin Henkes. A Light in the Attic – by Shel Silverstein. This timeless collection of Silverstein’s work includes the brilliant poem “Whatif,” which Diana and I discuss. Mental Flexibility: It’s Not Just For Students Anymore! – a terrific article about flexible thinking for teachers from Diana’s own blog. Timothy Goes To School – by Rosemary Wells. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – by Kevin Henkes. Thanks for listening! You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher to get automatic updates when new episodes of the Exceptional Educator are released, or just sign-up for Blog updates to be notified first when we publish new content. Diana shares provocative articles about educational therapy and learning disabilities on her blog. If you’d like to see Diana in person, she’s presenting at the National Association of Educational Therapists Conference and the Learning Disabilities Association Conference this school year. If you like this episode, please let us know what you thought by leaving an honest review on iTunes. If you’re not sure how to leave a review, here’s a quick video.
48 minutes | 7 years ago
The Exceptional Educator, Episode 1 – Unlocking Executive Function with Pamm Scribner
Welcome to the first episode of The Exceptional Educator! I’m excited to launch a new format for delivering actionable teaching strategies to learning specialists and parents – the podcast. The Exceptional Educator will feature master teachers, authors, thought-leaders, and researchers for in-depth discussions about the best ways to reach every student in the classroom, regardless of ability or learning difference. If you have feedback on the show, please let me know by leaving a review in iTunes or tweeting @btlearning #exceptionaleducator. I can’t think of anyone better than my good friend and mentor, Pamm Scribner, to kick off the inaugural episode of the show. Pamm is a world-class teacher and specialist helping kids with ADHD find success in school and life. Pamm is a Board Certified Educational Therapist, and a certified PEERS Coach through the UCLA PEERS Clinic. She is also an instructor for the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Extension: Educational Therapy Certificate Program and an educational consultant for schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She has extensive experience supporting students with executive functioning disorders and assessing and treating learning disabilities. An all-around-good-person and volunteer in her community, Pamm has been an inspiration to me, and I know she’ll inspire you as well. Please enjoy! Listen on iTunes or on Stitcher, right click here to download an mp3, or stream below: Your browser does not support the audio element. You can also click here to listen to this episode on Youtube. In the this episode we discuss: Executive function defined – what is it? Understanding the distinction between ADHD and executive functioning weakness. Red flags to look for when working with students who might struggle with executive functioning or ADHD. The most important factors for managing/overcoming ADHD symptoms. Why taking work breaks is crucial for students with executive functioning weakness. How to quickly and easily find the best, current research on ADHD and executive functioning. How to get a good diagnosis for a child with executive functioning weakness. Low cost solutions for families in need of a formal diagnosis for their child. The educational therapist’s role in supporting students with executive functioning weakness. Best practices for communicating with parents who’s child struggles with executive functioning. Getting students to “buy in” to an intervention and why this is crucial for success. Using technology to help students stay organized when you’re not there. When is medication the right option for children with ADHD and executive functioning weakness. The keys to becoming an effective teacher. Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast Dr. Ned Hallowell’s Website – A treasure-trove of information about ADHD. Cogmed – Working memory training. This may or may not be an effective tool. Russell Barkley’s Newsletter – One of the best places to get current research on executive function and ADHD. CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a great place to stay abreast of new research. Masonic Center For Youth And Families – Sliding scale assessments in the San Francisco Bay Area. Khan Academy – A free educational resource providing rich, online content in a variety of subjects from Chemistry to Philosophy. Time Timer – A visual countdown timer. I use this tool every day with students who struggle to comprehend timespan. Transcript Click here to download a PDF transcript of this episode. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher to get automatic updates when new episodes of the Exceptional Educator are released. I’d love to hear from you in the comments. What did you like? What didn’t you like? Who should I interview next? Thanks for listening!
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