Draft Videos for Members
Welcome! During this CoVid-19 crisis, we are offering all our videos for FREE. We hope they will help parents and teachers find sanity and success as they work with their children.
These videos were shot as one long, 12-hour seminar in 2017. We have chopped it down to about 5 hours and into more bite-sized pieces by subject for your convenience.
Important - All my methods are research-based and follow Orton-Gillingham (Structured Literacy) guidelines.
Video - Introduction
Please watch the first 3 minutes of the introduction. The rest of this video will give you my purpose, the story of my own dyslexic family, and a brief synopsis of a 40-year career in learning how to teach struggling readers. (The video says "purchased," but they are for free.)
Video 1 - What is Dyslexia?
This video is a great place to begin your adventure in teaching a person who is learning to read. These methods work for almost all people, but they are essential for people with dyslexia. Take a few minutes to discover not only the symptoms of the disability, but the strengths that are associated with dyslexia as well. We have some amazing gifts!
Video 2 - How to Motivate a Struggling Readers
This video is probably one of the most important for the success of your students, but the topic is also one of the most ignored by other experts. Dyslexic people deal with so much frustration that by the time they are diagnosed, they have given up. They already know they can't read, and unless you can convince them otherwise, you might as well give up, too. Let me give you some ideas on ways to encourage them and give them hope. These techniques have helped hundreds of my students have the courage to begin--one more time.
Video 3 - How to Teach the Sounds of Our Language
Most people with dyslexia struggle with the basic sounds of our language--not the alphabet symbols, the sounds alone. It seems so simple, but until they can hear the individual sounds, struggling readers will be building a crumbling foundations for all other reading skills.
Video 4 - How to Teach Beginning Phonics
Phonics--for years teachers were taught to ignore phonics and teach "Whole Words." Fortunately, the pendulum has swung back to teaching the alphabetic patterns of language. Unfortunately, how you teach phonics really matters. Not all methods will work. This is why teaching with Structured Literacy is so important. Watch this video to see some guidelines that will help your student succeed.
Video 5 - How to Teach Decoding the BIG Words
If you've been teaching a struggling reader, I bet you've seen him power through a passage until he gets to a longer word and come to a complete stop. Then he sounds out every letter of the monster word only to forget everything he has struggled through before. This video gives you some excellent strategies to help even young children tackle the BIG words one syllable at a time.
Video 6 - How to Teach Vocabulary
Learning new words is another important skill, but vocabulary needs to be taught with methods that will work for struggling readers.
Video 7 - How to Teach Fluency
Much emphasis has been put on teaching children to read fluently. It is important, but too much stress on it can cause a comprehension problem. Watch this video for constructive ways to teach it.
Video 8 - How to Teach Students to Understand What They Read
As far as I'm concerned, comprehension is the goal of all reading. If all the underlying skills are working, your children will be reading and understanding what they have read. A whole new world opens up for them. This is our goal!
Video 9 - How to Teach Handwriting
Now we enter the realm of writing. Many reading teachers won't touch it. People struggling with writing are not even called dyslexic; they are dysgraphic, but so many of my past students are both. Believe it or not, one of the first things I will teach a struggling reader is handwriting, and with most of them, I teach cursive. I have a very good reason for this--I use sky-writing as a powerful tool to help retain spelling words, especially sight words. Watch to see the method I use.
Video 10 - How to Teach Spelling
Now we hit the hardest skill for a person with dyslexia--Spelling! With our memory problems, spelling just doesn't stick! But, there are some tricks that can help us remember.
Video 11 - How to Teach Students to Express Themselves in Writing
And now the final frontier--Writing! When a child has struggled so much to learn to read and spell, writing seems impossible. But, remember we learned about "scaffolding" in Video 3! Some of the very best authors are dyslexic. We may have trouble with spelling, but some of our ideas are fantastic. Watch this video for some ideas about how to let those ideas take flight in your child's writing.
Video 12 - the Conclusion
I hope we have been able to inspire and encourage you to be the best teacher your students have ever had. This last video puts it all together.
God bless you, from Carol Fitzpatrick and her crew at Rainbow Readers.