Author Archive: Donna Taylor

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Ellen Woodward and the Women Who Brought Literacy to Southern Families

01/23/2021 | By More
Ellen Woodward and the Women Who Brought Literacy to Southern Families

By: Laken Brooks In 1933, Ellen Woodward (1887-1971) came to Washington, D.C. She had recently begun working with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, but she held onto her primary passion: women’s poverty and unemployment. So when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosted a White House Conference on the Emergency Needs of Women later that same year, Woodward did […]

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Scientists May Have Found the Real Cause of Dyslexia—And a Way to Treat It

01/14/2021 | By More
Scientists May Have Found the Real Cause of Dyslexia—And a Way to Treat It

Dyslexia is often described as trying to read letters as they jump around the page. Because of its connections to reading difficulties and trouble in school, the condition is often blamed on the brain. But according to a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the so-called learning disability may actually start in the eyes. […]

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Dyslexia and Working Memory Go Hand in Hand—How to Help Students Remember More

01/11/2021 | By More
Dyslexia and Working Memory Go Hand in Hand—How to Help Students Remember More

Samantha Cleaver on October 9, 2019 Brought to you by Learning Ally As teachers, we know that when students have certain abilities, they’re better prepared for school and life. Working memory is one of those things. We know it when we see it: Students are organized, know exactly what to do after you’ve given directions, and are […]

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How Testing Kids For Skills Can Hurt Those Lacking Knowledge

12/30/2020 | By More
How Testing Kids For Skills Can Hurt Those Lacking Knowledge

 (CrispyPork/iStock) Excerpted from THE KNOWLEDGE GAP by Natalie Wexler, published by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2019 by Natalie Wexler. By Natalie Wexler In 1987, two researchers in Wisconsin, Donna Recht and Lauren Leslie, constructed a miniature baseball field and installed it in an empty classroom […]

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Digital Text is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think

12/16/2020 | By More
Digital Text is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think

Holly Korbey Aug 21, 2018  (KQED/Kelly McLachlan)   After his bath each night, Julie Atkinson’s eight-year-old son grabs the iPad and settles into bed for some reading time through kids’ book app Epic! Though Atkinson and her husband were accustomed to reading to him, now their son explores different subjects on his own inside the […]

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35 DIY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS FOR HOME, DO IT YOURSELF EASY CRAFTS

12/07/2020 | By More
35 DIY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS FOR HOME, DO IT YOURSELF EASY CRAFTS

Here are 35 of the best DIY Christmas decorations ideas to make for yourself and treasure forever. Nothing is more heart-warming than a homemade crafted Christmas decoration made with love. HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS We always try and make at least one batch of homemade Christmas decorations at home each year, so we’ve built up quite a collection […]

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5 Lessons Learned From Online Teaching

12/01/2020 | By More
5 Lessons Learned From Online Teaching

I’m a San Marino High School social studies teacher with more than 30 years of face-to-face, in the classroom, teaching experience. I’m also someone who has acquired a great deal of online teaching experience. As you begin to venture into the world of online teaching this fall, here are some important lessons I’ve learned. You […]

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Close the Learning Gap: Learnedy now for free!

11/27/2020 | By More
Close the Learning Gap: Learnedy now for free!

CLOSE THE LEARNING GAP: Just because one should / must stay at home at the moment does not mean that learning and practicing should also stop! The Dyslexia Research Center has 25 years of experience with distance learning and, in cooperation with the American Dyslexia Association, wants to help parents to design meaningful lessons for […]

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Dyslexic Thinkers Aren’t Disabled Thinkers

11/17/2020 | By More
Dyslexic Thinkers Aren’t Disabled Thinkers

In the world of reading, we know oral language is mapped on to symbols we recognize as the alphabet. This is a sound-symbol relationship. When an individual struggles to grasp this relationship, the label of ‘dyslexia’ is often applied, implying a learning disability. This approach assumes everyone thinks and processes incoming information alike. What if […]

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The Ladybug Known as “Lil”

11/11/2020 | By More
The Ladybug Known as “Lil”

ADA has endorsed another award-winning rhyming story picture book by Robert Z. Hicks, “The Ladybug Known as Lil”.  The story has the flavor of  the wild west in the pumpkin patch.  Ant bursts in the door of the Pumpkin Club to warn the bugs that aphids are invading the garden, and on their way to […]

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