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Reading Stamina Building Block One: Getting Ready

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This is our second in a series of four posts on building reading stamina. You can read the introduction about why stamina is so important here. Distractions, distractions everywhere  The goal with building block one is to prepare for a focussed and uninterrupted reading session. Attention is at a…

It Starts With Stamina

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Testing season is here! Which means it’s the time of year many of us start thinking about reading stamina. And there’s a good reason for that. Standardized testing requires a full day of focus. While the test itself might only run between 90-120 minutes, kids also need to pay attention…

Text-to-speech: supporting every type of learner

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There’s a key philosophy that drives our work at Dreamscape: meet students where they’re at.   Meeting students where they‘re at in practice At a high-level this is about understanding that each student is unique and that each student has their own unique way of learning. Practically, this means doing things…

Why Teach Charts & Graphs?

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It’s about comprehension. We’re always speaking to teachers so that we can understand where we can help. One gap we identified is a lack of materials that support students as they learn to understand charts and graphs. So, we got to work! Think about it…

12 Ways to Encourage More Reading Time

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While everyone loves to relax in the summer heat and have lots of fun, it is also a time where our learning can slow down or stop completely. This phenomena is called the “summer slide”. While this is something we all should avoid, we’ve come up with some ways to…

Summer Slide and How to Prevent It

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What is the Summer Slide? The “summer slide” is a reading skills learning loss from children not maintaining their reading activities over summer. The average student falls behind one month’s worth of reading skills during the summer. As well as children in low income households losing double that. This is…

How Students are Learning at Home with Dreamscape

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Melissa Saisuwan is a Grade 7 ELAR Teacher at Wichita Falls Independent School District in Wichita Falls, Texas Melissa discovered Dreamscape accidentally while looking for ways to help her struggling students with gaps in their learning. How and when do you use Dreamscape with your students? I usually use Dreamscape…

What is Dreamscape?

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Dreamscape is a free reading comprehension game designed to instill a love of reading in students from grades 2-8. By about grade 6, most kids feel like they know whether they like reading or not. Unfortunately, elementa…

Dreamscape school program and a dynamic integration

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Gina Berry is a Grade 7 ELA Teacher at Andrew Carnegie Middle School in Sacramento, California Gina Berry uses Dreamscape during her regular school year but has also been looking into an “optional extension activity”. She does this by building a Dreamscape club for the upcoming school year! She is…

Q&A: Using Dreamscape to Support Distance Learning

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Aaron Stroup is a Grade 5 teacher and social studies facilitator at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. Please describe how and when you use Dreamscape with your students. In the classroom, I use Dreamscape to reinforce reading lessons I teach, and I use the data as feedback for which…