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Summer Training Courses

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Summer Training Courses

Summer OG Academic Math In-Class Training Courses 2017You’ve let us know that summer holiday planning starts early in the year!This year we will be hosting OG Academic Math Training Courses in July at SFU, Surrey Centre and UBC Okanagan in Kelownaas well as in Whitehorse,Yukon in August. You’ll find all the information you need to register. Just check here! Are you an OG Math Alumni?Summer Refresher Class in a DayFriday, July 14, 2017at  SFU, Surrey Centre.You’ll find all the...

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Goldilocks and the “Just Right” Math Lesson Plan

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Goldilocks and the “Just Right” Math Lesson Plan

You care about your students, so you know it’s important to plan your instruction well.When your student or child struggles with basic math concepts, that uncertain feeling in the pit of your stomach starts to simmer when the help you are trying to give doesn’t change the situation.  You’re trying to help your student catch up, but here’s how it goes; today the focus in the classroom may be addition or subtraction. You jot down a lesson plan and hunker down for some drill and practice with addition. Ah, it is familiar to your student! So...

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3 Chances to Learn in 2017

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3 Chances to Learn in 2017

Happy New Year!It’s 2017. I sincerely hope that you are going to have a fantastic, successful year with your Math classes and students.If you are reading this message, you know it’s important to take some time to learn, grow and refine your teaching skills. The start of the new year is the perfect time to do it. Whether you are an Orton – Gillingham Practitioner, classroom or learning support teacher, para- professional instructor or parent. We are all teachers. So this is my opportunity to remind you once again about 3...

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“YES, VIRGINIA, There is An Orton-Gillingham Math”

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“YES, VIRGINIA, There is An Orton-Gillingham Math”

About VirginiaOn Sept. 21, 1897 and eight-year-old girl, Virginia O’Hanlon, wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun Newspaper.  It said, DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?Virginia O’Hanlon. 115 West Ninety-Fifth Street, NYThe quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial. “YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS”VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been...

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When You Don’t Take Action

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When You Don’t Take Action

The Effect of Not Doing or Why Not Teach OG Math?Our actions shape our lives, but when we don’t take action it can be just as powerful.I know! I was reluctant in the beginning of my OG Math journey. In fact I was completely resistant. I knew that I was secure in my ability to teach students to read and write fairly confidently with the Orton- Gillingham or OG Approach. But Math! That was for someone else – like maybe a specialized math teacher. So I confidently turned down opportunities to assist the students who approached me...

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The Prospect Centre for Learning is Hiring.

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The Prospect Centre for Learning is Hiring.

The Prospect Centre for Multisensory Learning in White Rock/South Surrey is currently hiring Orton Gillingham Practitioners. At Prospect we know that some children learn differently. That’s why our innovative Orton Gillingham approach is highly individualized, evidence based and designed to meet the learning needs of each student. Interested applicants require Orton-Gillingham certification and CATT membership among their other qualifications. Academy certification may be in process if the applicant is qualified. After school...

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Be Aware of Educational Promises Too Good to be True!

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Be Aware of Educational Promises Too Good to be True!

The Good News for Effective Help and Warning Signs to Avoid Getting Off Track.Photo courtesy of CollegeDegrees360(CC ShareALike)The school year is up and running. It’s the perfect time for parents and teachers of students who struggle with reading, writing and math skills to think about finding the very best help for their children and students.  It is also Dyslexia Month; a time to focus on children whose reading and math skills often do not keep up with their peers, or only do so with an extraordinary amount of hard work. ...

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Do You Talk Too Much When You’re Teaching Math?

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Do You Talk Too Much When You’re Teaching Math?

Do you talk too much during your math lessons?It’s easy to for you to do, and I understand why!It is hard to be comfortable with silence.A word of caution, watch for out for this!Watch this short video  or continue reading….As I’ve mentioned before, many students who struggle with math have processing difficulties or working memory problems. They need time – a lot of time – to process information and take the required action or respond. So we wait ………  and wait ……….. and...

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Teaching Students Who Struggle With Math: How I Found My OG Math Confidence!

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Teaching Students Who Struggle With Math: How I Found My OG Math Confidence!

Most of us who teach students with dyslexia and learning disabilities find our way to reams of training on how to impart reading, writing and study skills. In my own search for training, I found that the Orton-Gillingham Approach for literacy instruction was the key for long-lasting results.Still, when it came to having confidence in my math teaching abilities, it used to be awful. I would sit in my office and pull my hair out. I’d pour over new textbooks until I got dizzy. Then I would look in the mirror and “pull it together” for yet...

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The Final Pieces to OG Math Strategies–How Math and Language are Strongly Connected

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The Final Pieces to OG Math Strategies–How Math and Language are Strongly Connected

Talking About Math Language. Here’s what we’ve all been waiting for: the final four of our ten techniques for helping the struggling math students, O-G style. You can read about techniques 1 through 6 in our previous blog posts7.  Help them to talk the talk, as they walk the walk. The difficulties that students have with the language of mathematics are the same as their difficulties in learning the English language: vocabulary terms, syntax, semantics and discourse features are difficult. (In fact, don’t we all have to...

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