Did you hear the news? I have a hot new intervention to share with you about letter reversals. If you teach first grade, you are probably leaning toward your computer right now because you know you have those few special friends who could use this!
But there are some things you should know:
The intervention is not research-based. (WHAT?!?!)
It doesn’t come in a fancy box.
It does not have to be administered for 40 continuous minutes, 5 x a day, in a small group.
I don’t have graphs and color-coded data to share with you.
It doesn’t use technology.
Okay..so maybe it’s not a real intervention.
It uses a sticky note.
I get to make jokes with my kids.
I have a little sweetie this year (For this post, let’s call him Jay.) who is having a hard time with letter reversals. Specifically, the letter s. It is backwards a lot. A lot a lot a lot. During the first half of the year, we worked hard on reversals. But at this point in the year, I expect those reversals to start disappearing. So when I notice letters that are continually being written backwards, it’s time to squash it – because at this point, it has now become a habit.
Last week, during writing, I found myself repeating the same things over and over again to this student. “Flip that s around.” “Your s is backwards.” “Can you find the letter that is backwards again?” I was frustrated. He was frustrated.
To him, he is playing a game.
To me, he is self-correcting himself.
(Insert sneaky teacher laugh here.)
So that, my friends, is my new intervention.
Because sometimes, “Teacher Tested, Student Approved” is the best kind of research.