Inside Story Flashcards: Vocabulary Fun

I just received my flashcards from Inside Story and they are wonderful!  All kinds of fantastic words, illustrated by cats and dogs in one set, animals of all kinds in another, and the city of Seattle in a third set. There are more than 900 free, printable flashcards on the website as well.  They range from cards for Kids and English Learners (Basic and Easy) to SAT words (Medium) all the way to words for the GRE and beyond (Hard).  You can hear the words pronounced, study the words by hiding the definition, or print the cards.  New words are added often, according to the website. I learned something while perusing the Hard words—I am NOT an Ailurophile, a person who likes cats. However, I DO love them in their hilarious poses on these cards!...

Watch a Skype Tutoring Lesson!

Yes, I’m tutoring via Skype now.  This client is in Chicago!!  We’ve been working together since October and it’s going really well. Check it out!  Maybe Skype tutoring would work for you, too.  Even if we are in the same city, think of the time and gas you will save tutoring via Skype!...

New Service Option: Virtual Tutoring

For the past three months, I’ve been tutoring a student in Chicago–from Fresno!  Isn’t technology wonderful??  We each have a magnetic white board.  I put magnets on the backs of the Barton Reading & Spelling tiles for both of us.  I email PDFs of any necessary worksheets prior to lessons.    If we are reading a book, she downloads a copy on her Kindle, and/or listens to it on Audible.com.  I’m checking out using SuperTintin (thanks, Joanne Kaminski of The Skyping Reading Tutor, for gifting me the license in your contest). With SuperTintin,  I can record the lessons for her mom to review.  I send a summary of each lesson with an invoice, and her mom pays via the paypal button I have on my website. No muss, no fuss! If you are interested in trying virtual tutoring, I have a five lesson special: Five 30 minute lessons for $50, a 43% discount! Check it...

The Biggest Story Problem

Are you concerned about math education in the United States?  The creator of Ko’s Journey has developed a film, The Biggest Story Problem, about the teaching of math, primarily at the middle school level, in the US. From a description of the documentary:  “The documentary interweaves the story of New Mexico’s teacher-turned-game designer, Scott Laidlaw, creator of Ko’s Journey, an innovative online story-based math game; the stories of teachers and schools taking part in a pilot program using Ko’s Journey to increase student engagement in math; and the broad-based story of math education in the United States, contrasting it to countries, such as Finland, that consistently score in the top tier of the OECD.” If you like what you see in the trailer, you can donate a copy of the full DVD to your local middle...

Learning Strategies Database

As a new school year begins, I thought my readers might like a link to the Learning Strategies Database from Muskingum University.  I discovered this database in a list of websites in Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, J. R. Birsh, editor, which I reviewed in Book Bytes. The strategies are directed more toward high school and college students, but there are tips included that could be adjusted for younger students,...

Reading for Educators about Dyslexia and More

The International Dyslexia Association has a new fact sheet listing six pages of suggested readings from the following categories: The Brain and Learning Comprehension Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Fluency Learning Disabilities Mathematics Morphology and Etymology Phonology, Phonological Awareness, and Phonics Professional Development/Teacher Knowledge Structured Language Teaching and Instruction RTI & Instruction Vocabulary Writing A couple of my favorites from the list: Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, J. R. Birsh, editor.  I wrote about it in Book Bytes. Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding & Spelling Instruction, by Marcia...