• When possible, tie lessons with the student’s specific interests, e.g. cars, dinosaurs, animals, hobbies, favorite celebrities, etc…

  • Allow students to choose their own books for pleasure reading, even if the reading level is too easy or too hard for them.

  • Especially when working with struggling readers, practice with only 3 to 5 sight words at a time – for the day or the week, depending on the student’s reading and frustration level.

  • When teaching something new, use a multisensory and a modeling approach, e.g. have student see it, say it, hear it, model/teach it back, write it, draw it, build it, etc…