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When I go to an exercise class on a regular basis, I notice when I’m improving and getting stronger. This intrinsic reward is usually enough to motivate me to continue. However, I must admit, my motivation increases immensely when the teacher of the class recognizes my efforts too. The same is true for our students learning to read. They are inherently motivated by their own successes as they become more fluent. When their teachers acknowledge this success as well, it often gives them an extra push to work even harder. These little boosts can help them improve even more quickly.

​This winter, we’re traveling to reading and education conferences in all parts of the nation with one goal in mind: meeting you! Chances are high we’ll be coming to a city near you very soon. Check our schedule here to find out.

Cole M's Hard work paid off earning himself the December Star of Month Award. He is a second grader at Olive B. Loss Elementary in Bear, DE.

I recently worked with a second grader who showed me a paragraph he wrote about helping the “oshin.” His thoughtful ideas were right on the mark. His spelling, however, was not. When this boy reads books about the ocean, complete with pictures and context clues, he can read the word without hesitation. But when I later showed him the word “ocean” on its own, he had no idea what it said. What’s going on here?

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