Instruction

Repetitive Cycle of Remediation

Much of public schools’ instructional practices are designed to rehab or repair a student’s learning deficit. These remediation and corrective methods help resolve a student’s skills gap quickly and effectively. This is a widely-recommended instructional practice because of its success rate in reducing learning difficulties for kids in regular education programs. Remedial instruction is designed to Read more…

Instruction

The Spoon-Feeding Mindset

When I started as a training consultant, I was hesitant about working with non-educational organizations. I was worried that business minded clients would not take me seriously because my primary experience was in education. Well, I quickly discover, that my experience in the educational sector would not be the problem. Ironically, the biggest Read more…

Assessment

Giving Up on Performance Assessments

Performance assessments were once a hot topic in education. It was presumed among school districts that all national tests would resemble performance assessments. This presumption spur school systems to train all their staff in how to design and implement performance assessments. I spent the last four years training thousands of Read more…

Instruction

Phonemic Awareness Skills First

When it comes to learning how to read, the common wisdom is to teach phonemic awareness skills first, then phonics. This is because phonemic awareness is a critical pre-reading skill. Phonemic awareness helps kids understand the sound structure of the English language in order to read printed text. Students with Read more…