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5 Things to Give Up So Your Struggling Readers Won’t


With each new school year comes a new class of students. Students that you may not know personally and have only heard about from colleagues. You might spend the summer anxious about how you are going to address the vast levels of reading proficiency of your incoming students. This was the case for BeLinda Martin. Of the incoming class of fifth graders, only about half were reaching or exceeding levels of reading proficiency. BeLinda had to think differently than she had in her over 20 years of experience to address this gap in reading abilities. The first step in this journey was to give up.

In this edWebinar, come and hear about BeLinda’s journey of giving up these practices and gaining so much more in return:

  • Thinking that direct instruction was the way to reach and engage students
  • Designing the environment first without thinking about the needs of the students
  • Believing that students were stuck in their level of reading proficiency
  • Believing the myths that audiobooks are cheating
  • Teaching to the test and not with the needs of students in mind

You’ll also hear how her classroom became a haven for struggling readers, a place where learning happened and teaching became organic through small groups and conversations. Plus, her students had the top scores in Region 14 in Texas for performance on the STARR reading test.

BeLinda’s story of classroom transformation is incredible, but what’s more incredible is how easy it is to replicate. After tuning in to this edWebinar, you will want to give up in your own classrooms and gain amazing growth for your own struggling readers. Elementary level general and SPED teachers, reading specialists, speech language pathologists, librarians, principals, SPED directors, directors of assistive technology, and directors of curriculum will benefit from this live, interactive event. There will be time to get your questions answered after the presentation.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
Online webinar
  Readers and Reading     Teaching and Professionalism  

Event Organizer

Janet Madsen

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