Saturday, August 13, 2016

Accessing Social Emotive Centers for Early & Accelerated Literacy Skill Access

"Beware of the stories you'll read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world."   

                                                                                                                                       —Ben Okra     
Can you breathe underwater?
The correct answer is no.

But what if you lived in a world where breathing underwater was possible? 
Then the correct answer would be yes. 

In other words, both answers are right, depending on the context.

Traditionally, the idea of teaching complex, phonemic skills to early grade, beginning learners would be considered developmentally inappropriate—a position with which I would have to agree. 

Giving them however, is a completely different story! 
By wrapping skills up into stories, we can give them what can’t be taught. 

Stories pose no developmental harm, nor are they age or grade-specific, as learners naturally take away only what is personally meaningful and relevant to them, without any expectations. In this way, the reading and writing code is transformed into 'skill-drenched' golden nuggets, buried within familiar and easy-to-remember stories, allowing learners to become their own "gate-keeper" of skills. 

And herein lies the power of the SECRET STORIES® as a backdoor delivery method for the totality of skills that all readers and writers need, but traditionally cannot have—not until they are “ready.”

So hold your breath and prepare to dive into a new way of thinking about what we do and why we do it, and in no time, you and your students will be breathing underwater! 
To kick off the new school year, I've posted a free 36 page SECRET STORIES® Reward/Incentive Bucks pack, which even includes a student purse and wallet for safe-keeping of students "secret" earnings! Inside the pack, you will find information on how it may be used with the SECRET STORIES® in the classroom. You can grab it by clicking here or on the link, below.
Free SECRET STORIES® Reward/Incentive Bucks
For more on the SECRET STORIES® as a backdoor delivery method, via the brain's affective learning domain, you can check out these previous posts, here and here. I will also be posting a new video vlog on this topic in the next couple of weeks on the YouTube Channel, so stay tuned!

And should you need a bit of inspiration, or just some new ideas for hanging your SECRET STORIES® posters in your classroom this year, check out this popular post on Posting Posters!
If you've never tried the SECRETS, you can download a free preview pack here.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope to meet many more of you at conferences and school/district in-services throughout this coming school year–one of which I am the most excited about, being the Vulnerable Readers Summits (below promo from 2015) in cities across the US and Canada through 2017!
The Vulnerable Readers Summit Series through 2017
Until Next Time,
Katie Garner