IF IT WORKS IN THRIVE, IT
MIGHT WORK FOR YOU, TOO!
Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 01-18-2014
Solid scientific research has proven that students with LD can improve their skills more quickly when they are taught "how to learn."
This page highlights a handful of the best strategy sheets that we've developed over the years. You are welcome to download, print or adapt anything you think you can use!
Please note that these strategies all require scaffolding, modeling and support in order to be effective! You cannot just hand them out and expect kids to benefit from them! It's really all about promoting metacognition — thinking about thinking!
… is a quick-reference chart outlining simple things kids can do to improve their understanding of what they read.
Some of the topics covered include:
THE WRITING PROCESS
Teaching children who struggle with writing about The Writing Process is probably the most challenging (yet rewarding) tasks facing teachers.
The POWER framework breaks the task of skillful writing into five interrelated stages: Prewriting, Organizing, Writing, Editing and pResentation.
… is a prompt for one-on-one conferences to help teach (or remind) kids of the MANY things they can do when they come across words that they don't yet know! It includes a variety of tips the can help kids:
The words in this list were largely drawn from The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists by Edward Fry.
THE MOST OFTEN USED WORDS CHART
… was designed for older kids with severe dyslexia, those who were having the hardest time learning to read and spell. Roughly 80% of ALL written English is written with only 300 different words! This graphic puts those words into thematic groups! The idea is that tackling one group at a time with lots of repetition and review can speed progress for these kids.
KEY SPELLING WORDS
Did you know that a lot of people misspell many of the very same words??? Based on a list found in the excellent little book Teaching Spelling by Dr. Ves Thomas, this graphic highlights 200 of the most frequently misspelled words. It can be used:
THE EDITING WHEEL
… is a hands-on tool that highlights six questions to help a student edit their own writing more independently.
Simply print both pages in color onto cardstock. Laminate both sides if you wish. Then, use a sharp blade to cut them out and push a split pin through the center! It's ready to go!
A FINAL NOTE
We consider EVERYTHING that we create in THRIVE (and share on this website) to be in a kind of permanent draft state. All of them can always be improved — and many of them have evolved a great deal over the years!
If you spot errors or have suggestions on how to improve any our materials, please feel free to contact us! Your input is welcome!