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  • Start Here / Introduction

    Posted by Marnie, Reading Simplified on June 22, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    You’re smart to be here. It says, “Start here,” right? 😉

    Also, you are in the right place if you want to learn how to teach ANY student how to read rapidly, with as little stress for you as possible!

    Time spent doing the Reading Simplified Activities (RSA) activities and collaborating in the teachers’ lounge will be the best way to ensure your success in meeting your goals.

    You are no longer alone in this journey.  Here, we are building a community of professionals seeking to learn from one another. Jump in! Don’t be shy. There are no dumb questions.  If you are thinking it, likely several others are as well.

    Please start by introducing yourself and the student(s) you have selected for your RSA training period.  (But remember to use a pseudonym for the student(s).)

    Welcome others, too.  🙂  You is smart. You is kind.  You is important.  

    After you introduction, please make future posts in the relevant forum topic.  For instance, if you are reporting on your experience initially trying Switch It, then go to the Switch It forum topic.

    For every RSA module/unit, we will have a forum topic.  We also have added 2 other topics: General Discussion and Just For Fun. See ya inside!

    Marnie, Reading Simplified replied 6 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 174 Replies
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  • Heather Aldridge

    Guest
    October 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    My name is Heather and I teach Title 1. I have students in all grades from k-6. I may use silly pseudonyms once we get started ;).

  • Heather Aldridge

    Guest
    October 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    My name is Heather and I teach Title 1. I have students in all grades from k-6. I may use silly pseudonyms once we get started ;).

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    October 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Hi Heather, so glad to “see” you in here! Silly pseudonyms sound like a great idea!

    Thanks for leading our fledgling community off!

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    October 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Hi Heather, so glad to “see” you in here! Silly pseudonyms sound like a great idea!

    Thanks for leading our fledgling community off!

  • Diana Camargo

    Guest
    October 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Hi! My name is Diana and I will be assisting with our k-6th grade with reading support.I do have two students that I will begin working on this program with. I’m excited to see this in action and be a part of it.

  • Diana Camargo

    Guest
    October 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Hi! My name is Diana and I will be assisting with our k-6th grade with reading support.I do have two students that I will begin working on this program with. I’m excited to see this in action and be a part of it.

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    October 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Welcome Diana! Soooo glad to see you in here.

    You’re in the perfect spot–just 2 students to work with as you learn the program. Thanks for being one of our pioneers! 🙂

    Best,
    Marnie

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    October 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Welcome Diana! Soooo glad to see you in here.

    You’re in the perfect spot–just 2 students to work with as you learn the program. Thanks for being one of our pioneers! 🙂

    Best,
    Marnie

  • Courtney Northcutt

    Guest
    October 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Hello! My name is Courtney. I teach first grade at an urban school here in Memphis, TN. I also have twin kindergarteners who I plan to experiment on at home. 🙂 I am looking forward to participating in this professional development journey.

  • Courtney Northcutt

    Guest
    October 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Hello! My name is Courtney. I teach first grade at an urban school here in Memphis, TN. I also have twin kindergarteners who I plan to experiment on at home. 🙂 I am looking forward to participating in this professional development journey.

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    October 30, 2016 at 4:48 am
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Super, Courtney! Having both 1st grade and home K kiddos is a great opportunity for your learning. I expect you will see some quick changes. And just how fun to have twins besides! 🙂

    Welcome!

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    October 30, 2016 at 4:48 am
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Super, Courtney! Having both 1st grade and home K kiddos is a great opportunity for your learning. I expect you will see some quick changes. And just how fun to have twins besides! 🙂

    Welcome!

  • Angela Wallis

    Guest
    November 19, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Hi, my name is Angela, I’m a teacher from New Zealand, so for me we are just finishing up our academic year. However 3 of the 5 students that have really worried me in their lack of progress this year are continuing in my class as I go up a year level (for you that would be going from K to 1st grade). I’m looking forward to using Switch it with all 5 of my students over the next 4 weeks to give them all a head start for next year and then next year after I have spent even more time pouring over this site, using your programs with all of my kiddo’s in my daily reading program. I can not wait!!

  • Angela Wallis

    Guest
    November 19, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Hi, my name is Angela, I’m a teacher from New Zealand, so for me we are just finishing up our academic year. However 3 of the 5 students that have really worried me in their lack of progress this year are continuing in my class as I go up a year level (for you that would be going from K to 1st grade). I’m looking forward to using Switch it with all 5 of my students over the next 4 weeks to give them all a head start for next year and then next year after I have spent even more time pouring over this site, using your programs with all of my kiddo’s in my daily reading program. I can not wait!!

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    November 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Hi Angela,

    I’m so glad you’re here!! I can hear your passion for helping these kids in your Facebook posts and here, too. How cool is it that you get to loop with them next year. We’ll be cheering you on!

    The first 2 modules are the longest, but you’ll probably be able to fly through the Switch It one 😉 I’d love to see you try to get to Read It before the end of the school year because it’s like the peanut butter to Switch It’s chocolate.

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    November 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Hi Angela,

    I’m so glad you’re here!! I can hear your passion for helping these kids in your Facebook posts and here, too. How cool is it that you get to loop with them next year. We’ll be cheering you on!

    The first 2 modules are the longest, but you’ll probably be able to fly through the Switch It one 😉 I’d love to see you try to get to Read It before the end of the school year because it’s like the peanut butter to Switch It’s chocolate.

  • Lisa Whitworth

    Guest
    November 22, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Hi, I’m Lisa! I teach 1st grade in rural Sandersville, Georgia. After going through your five day challenge, I decided I wanted to learn more. I will be working with twin 1st graders and a couple of other students. I’ll either come up with some silly names or use numbers.

  • Lisa Whitworth

    Guest
    November 22, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Hi, I’m Lisa! I teach 1st grade in rural Sandersville, Georgia. After going through your five day challenge, I decided I wanted to learn more. I will be working with twin 1st graders and a couple of other students. I’ll either come up with some silly names or use numbers.

  • Lisa Whitworth

    Guest
    November 22, 2016 at 2:43 am

    The biggest Aha! moment for me was learning that there actually is a better, less time consuming way to teach students to read. Every reading book we’ve used as taught the sounds in isolation, even the long vowel sounds. It makes so much more sense to teach all the letters that make the long a or e sound at the same time!

  • Lisa Whitworth

    Guest
    November 22, 2016 at 2:43 am

    The biggest Aha! moment for me was learning that there actually is a better, less time consuming way to teach students to read. Every reading book we’ve used as taught the sounds in isolation, even the long vowel sounds. It makes so much more sense to teach all the letters that make the long a or e sound at the same time!

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    November 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Welcome, Lisa! So glad you’re here! Courtney is another 1st grade teacher and she’s also working with her twin boys. !!

    I look forward to hearing how your students progress and discussing any bumps you may encounter.

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    November 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Welcome, Lisa! So glad you’re here! Courtney is another 1st grade teacher and she’s also working with her twin boys. !!

    I look forward to hearing how your students progress and discussing any bumps you may encounter.

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    November 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Yes, Lisa, I’m so pleased to hear that this principle resonates with you! I’m so bewildered by why most reading curricula take the longest route possible!

    It’ll be great to hear how the Sort It activity impacts your classroom as compared to previous years…. Thanks for sharing your “aha.”

  • Marnie, Reading Simplified

    Administrator
    November 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm
    Reading Simplified Trainer

    Yes, Lisa, I’m so pleased to hear that this principle resonates with you! I’m so bewildered by why most reading curricula take the longest route possible!

    It’ll be great to hear how the Sort It activity impacts your classroom as compared to previous years…. Thanks for sharing your “aha.”

  • Karen Dunsmore

    Guest
    November 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Hi, I’m Karen. I teach special education, mostly autism, in Virginia. My students are middle school aged but are working academically at varying elementary levels. I look forward to enhancing my reading instruction and will be working with one particular student to start but hope to be able to enhance their reading as I learn.

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