Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of students using the Phonics First® program. I love the multisensory nature of the program and have found ways to incorporate multisensory techniques into other subject areas, including grammar. I distinctly remember my sixth grade teacher making us memorize a list of prepositions in alphabetical order. I Continue Reading
About Tammi Brandon
Welcome! My name is Tammi Brandon, and I have been a part of the Brainspring Educator Academy and Brainspring Learning Centers for over 20 years.
Before joining the Brainspring team, I earned my Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University (but don't worry University of Michigan fans, I like blue and gold as much as I like green and white). I then went on to earn my Master's of Education degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While working on my Master's degree, I had several unique educational opportunities including traveling from the headwaters of the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico by foot, kayak, and bus, to study how the education systems change from one area to another. I also was able to learn about bi-lingual education there and in Quebec, Ontario, Canada. Amazed at how students were able to learn to read in two languages simultaneously, I began to research about reading acquisition.
As a young girl, reading came almost naturally to me. For others in my family, the same was not true. My father, brother, and daughter all have been diagnosed with Dyslexia. When I first learned about the Orton-Gillingham methodology, I was immediately drawn to it. Since 1996, I have been teaching, tutoring, and instructing other educators in the Brainspring Phonics First program, which is based on the principals of Orton-Gillingham. I have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of students improve their reading and spelling skills because of the multisensory reading they have received. I am so grateful to be a part of the Brainspring family and love that I get to see first-hand them impact that the Phonics First program has on students.
When not instructing, you will find me out riding my horse, playing on the water, or hitting the ski slopes. I also love to strap on a pair of inline skates or take a spin on my mountain bike. Traveling is another passion of mine. This past year has brought exciting adventures in Hawaii, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Whether I am sitting on an airplane or an armchair at home, I do love to curl up with a good book - anything from craft books to thrillers to short poems and stories.
Entries by Tammi Brandon
As summer draws to an end, rather than throwing away those beat-up pool noodles, grab them for this fun Multisensory Monday activity that your students will love! Blending is an essential skill in reading. This Pool Noodle Blending activity is a cheap, interactive option to help students practice the essential skill of blending. This activity Continue Reading
Many of my struggling readers also have dexterity issues, so I am always developing multisensory activities that are fun for different ages that target specific skills and help with fine-motor skills. Here is an activity that focuses on short/closed vowel sounds and works developing a stronger pincer-grip. Materials You’ll need clothespins, scissors, glue, and a Continue Reading
One of the biggest struggles my students, particularly my older students, have is blending large words together. Many of my tutoring sessions include activities to help facilitate better whole word reading of larger, longer words. One activity that my students seem to enjoy is simple and inexpensive to make. The only things you need are Continue Reading