As reading instructors, we have all cringed as we sit and listen to students who stutter and stammer through a reading passage. At the same time, we applaud our students’ deliberate effort as they practice the decoding skills we have taught them. As reading skills develop and decoding skills strengthen, fluency becomes the “elephant in Continue Reading
About Samantha Brooks
Hi Everyone! My name is Samantha Brooks. I have been a special education resource teacher for the past 26 years in Northwest Arkansas. I started my career earning a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, then went on to a Masters in Special Education. I specialized with another Masters in Reading, along with a Dyslexia Endorsement. I have had extensive experience working with students with a variety of learning and behavioral challenges in grades kindergarten through 5th grade in the public school setting. Besides the kids, my favorite part of this profession is the collaboration with other educators across all disciplines in education. I recently joined the team of Instructors for Brainspring and am so excited about sharing my knowledge and experience with other educators. It truly takes a village!
I am very honored to be part of the team of bloggers for Brainspring Educators Academy. I just love having a place to share ideas and experiences, even trouble-shooting and collaborating for the sake of improving the education for the kids that sit in front of us every day!
My educational philosophy is that EVERY child can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way. Although that seems a bit cliché, I understand the incredible power teachers hold in their hands and hearts.
I will leave you with one of my favorite inspiration poems.
I AM ONLY ONE,
BUT I AM STILL ONE.
I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING,
BUT I CAN STILL DO SOMETHING;
AND BECAUSE I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING,
I WILL NOT REFUSE TO DO THE SOMETHING
THAT I CAN DO.
Edward Everette Hale
Samantha Brooks, CDP
Instructor Brainspring Educators Academy
Entries by Samantha Brooks
Do you have students who require a great deal of teaching time due to poor reading skills? Mastery of short vowel sounds can be very problematic and require continuous review, which can bring reading progress to a halt. This Short Vowel Book can be used as a multisensory learning tool to support student memory and Continue Reading
Welcome to Multisensory Monday…on Tuesday! Sometimes it is nice to spice up Red Word review! What better way to spice things up than with a game! This game is cheap to make and easy to play. It can also be adapted to cover a variety of skills. MATERIALS *Popsicle sticks with current Red Words written on Continue Reading
Why do some students reverse b and d when writing and reading? Why do other students read words such as “was” as “saw”? Samantha Brooks takes a deeper look at reversals and dyslexia. Parents and teachers may become alarmed when looking at their child’s writing and see that they are confusing letters such as b/d, Continue Reading