Category: Comprehension

 

Help Your Students Love History!

Help Your Students Love History!

Like many of you, I’ve had the privilege of teaching children and adults over the years. Time and again, when I asked my students what they visualized for history, I was met with a blank stare. Not only did these students have difficulty visualizing and comprehending language, but they also had enormous information gaps. Many […]

 
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Closing the Achievement Gap in Canon City Schools

One year into implementing an Early Literacy Grant, Canon City School District in Colorado is seeing significant growth for some of its lowest performing students. More importantly, by targeting students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, they are closing the achievement gap early on. The district is implementing the Seeing Stars® and Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) […]

 
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Teachers in Jamaica Are Taking Instruction to the Next Level

Teachers in Jamaica Are Taking Instruction to the Next Level

A teacher helps students connect imagery and language with the Visualizing and Verbalizing Program.

After attending introductory workshops this past spring, teachers in Jamaica are now engaged in language and literacy instruction. Educators trained in the Seeing Stars (for Reading and Spelling) and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs (for Language Comprehension and Thinking) are putting their new skills to use at an onsite summer reading clinic for students with special […]

 
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Helping Students Around the Globe Reach Their Full Potential

Helping Students Around the Globe Reach Their Full Potential

This month, teachers in Jamaica were introduced to Lindamood-Bell’s™ Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) and Seeing Stars programs. This professional development opportunity was facilitated by the Sandals Foundation (‘the Sandals Foundation’) and funded by the CHASE (Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, and Education) Fund in an effort to increase literacy and math competency for Jamaican students with […]

 
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Strategies to Improve Comprehension

The Imagine That! Stories are a great supplement to the Visualizing and Verbalizing® program. They are also used with Seeing Stars® and LiPS® students to develop fluency and comprehension. These high-interest and engaging stories include graded reading levels to develop the imagery-language connection for listening and reading comprehension. Here are some helpful hints to improve […]

 
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Early Literacy Program Sees Success with Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) Programs

Through an Early Literacy Grant, Cañon City Schools in Colorado trained teachers in Seeing Stars and V/V to improve reading and comprehension skills. Results after only one semester show that students are progressing faster than expected. Lucky Us! to have Cañon City Schools as a partner in our mission to make a difference for ALL […]

 
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7 Best Practices to Improve Reading and Comprehension for Your English Learners

7 Best Practices to Improve Reading and Comprehension for Your English Learners

Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) Our sensory-cognitive programs are often a critical missing piece in English Language Development. By adding the overlooked component of explicit sensory-cognitive instruction, we have seen evidence of an acceleration of language and literacy skills for many English Learners. Here’s how our programs work: Oral Language Development Learning a language is a […]

 
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Are You Developing the Skills and Habits Students Need for Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Success with Rigorous Standards?

The Common Core State Standards, as well as independent state standards, significantly raise the bar for all students regarding the demands of literacy and critical thinking. Teachers are expected to cover more complex material, more in depth, and with a focus on deep understanding and critical thinking. Students must be able to cite evidence from […]

 
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How to Deliver an Effective Visualizing and Verbalizing Lesson: 3 Tips for Dynamic Instruction

How to Deliver an Effective Visualizing and Verbalizing Lesson: 3 Tips for Dynamic Instruction

Tip 1: RELEVANT QUESTIONING IS THE ESSENCE OF GOOD V/V. The quality of your questioning is the difference between concept imagery developing quickly and accurately, and concept imagery remaining weak and unstable. Remember the Goldilocks principle: not too much, not too little, but just right. Your questions should be focused on the gestalt of the […]

 
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UAB Study on Children with Autism: Improved Reading and Brain Activity Utilizing Visualizing and Verbalizing® Instruction

Autistic children improved reading and brain activity after 10-week reading intervention By Jeff Hansen Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to comprehend reading, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found. At the same time, the […]

 
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