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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Ruby Slippers Phonomenon

What Is the Ruby Slippers Phenomenon?

It's that situation when key factors coincide and students learn much faster than we'd expected.

For example, I recently saw fantastic growth in writing in a young student.  She always had the ability, but she needed:
Expectations:  those around her needed to believe that this was possible for her.  And, she needed to believe in herself!
Time:  she had many many chances to engage in phonics activities and to write for real purposes in the course of six weeks
• Teaching:  her teacher gave her informative feedback, helping her see when she was confused about how to blend sounds, etc.
Technology:  the teacher provided a simple Qwerty AlphaBoard, since the student was struggling to form letters.

VOILA - success!  While it looked remarkable, she always had it the ability - she just needed the right supports . . . AND expectations!!


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