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SOI Personalized Program

SOI HELPED AND AIDED THIS STUDENT IN HIS READING AND LANGUAGE ABILITIES.

Good readers are phonemically aware, understand the alphabetic principle, apply these skills in a rapid and fluent manner, possess strong vocabularies and syntactical and grammatical skills, and relate reading to their own experiences.

Difficulties in any of these areas can impede reading and language development. Learning to read begins far before children enter formal schooling. This child in second grade was referred to us with the specific problem areas of reading and understanding. He also didn’t like the school subject Language.

  • Spells poorly and has  difficulty recalling facts and numbers
  • Has trouble learning new skills (compensates by relying on memorization)
  • Has trouble following directions or instructions
  • Struggles to recognize letters, match letters to sounds and make a sentence
  • Inability to read simple 3 letter words or associate them
  • Can’t comprehend what he reads or listens in the classroom

We started with his personalized workbooks and CDs, which are available based on students’ test results. These workbooks have an added advantage in that tasks are articulated within the book. In other words, the easier part of a given module is presented early in the sequence and the more difficult part is presented later. Continue reading “SOI Personalized Program”

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Seven Key Questions You Should Be Asking in Your Classroom

What makes a successful classroom? Or, more importantly, what makes successful students?

Is it a good teacher? The most organized classroom? The most exciting lessons?

While all of these things are important, we believe that the key to success is this: the student.

  1. Is this student ready to learn?
  2. How does the student learn best?
  3. What areas does the student struggle in?
  4. How quickly is the student progressing through the lessons?
  5. Does the student have any learning gaps?
  6. What can we do to help the student learn best?
  7. Why is this student falling behind?

Do these things sound important to you? We promise you that they’re important to us!

That’s why we developed Continue reading “Seven Key Questions You Should Be Asking in Your Classroom”

Classrooms

From Real to Ideal: A Classroom Transformation

AN IDEAL CLASSROOM

Imagine a classroom of 20-30 students – all with the following characteristics:

  • Good visual acuity
  • Good auditory acuity
  • Good body control and spatial awareness
  • Good attention span
  • Good visual processing – all of the processing skills for reading
  • Good auditory processing –processes extended verbal information
  • Good sensory integration – coordinates simultaneous stimuli
  • Good mental, physical, and visual stamina – alert the entire school day
  • Good social behavior – understands and follows the norms for participation
  • Good intellectual processing abilities – meets the needs of the grade level
  • Good conceptual repertoire – has the concepts expected for the grade level

Now imagine a teaching model that permits each student to progress in each portion of the curriculum at his/her own pace – a truly individualized, continuous-progress mode of instruction. Continue reading “From Real to Ideal: A Classroom Transformation”

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The Key to Empowering Your Students

Empower means to make someone stronger or more confident. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or administrator, you want to see your student(s) succeed!

Even though this is every educator’s goal, it’s often much easier said than done. In a classroom of 25 students, there will undoubtedly be a variety of personalities, learning speeds, abilities, and learning styles. Each student is unique, which means that teaching to each student’s individual needs can be a challenge.

What if there was an easier way to work with each student on his or her individual learning needs?

Fortunately, there is! Here at SOI, we can provide you with the necessary tools so that all of your students can reach their full learning potential by improving their learning abilities. We want to help you help your students.

The first step in this process is to find out what each student’s strengths and weaknesses are. In just a couple of hours, you can administer SOI’s learning abilities tests. The test results profile the following abilities: reading, math, memory, comprehension, problem-solving, evaluation, and creativity. The easy-to-read analysis clearly shows you what abilities the student needs to be working on.

The next step is easy. Order a personalized workbook for each student. The workbook is designed to specifically target each student’s profile. It focuses on improving the learning abilities that the student will benefit from the most. Continue reading “The Key to Empowering Your Students”