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Why Reading Is Like Driving a Car: Automaticity is Critical

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Why Reading Is Like Driving a Car

Presented by Terrie Noland, Vice President, Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally
Sponsored by Learning Ally

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Automaticity is necessary in everything we do to move to higher order thinking skills and perform tasks flawlessly. If we cannot easily perform lower-level reading processes such as phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding with “automaticity,” we will find it more difficult to free up our mental capacity to concentrate on the task. When our cognitive load becomes too intense to comprehend, there is enhanced likelihood that gaps in our learning process will exist—thus affecting reading achievement and feelings of failure.

In this edWebinar, Terrie Noland, Vice President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally, shares information to help understand when gaps in automaticity occur, including:

  • Understanding the purpose for reading
  • Why fluency and automaticity are key components for building capacity in reading
  • Strategies that good readers use and how to help struggling readers learn the same strategies
  • Using technology tools to bridge the gap when there is a gap in automaticity

This recorded session will be of particular benefit to elementary through high school administrators, principals, teachers, and librarians.

Terrie NolandAbout the Presenter

Terrie Noland’s greatest strengths lie in the ability to motivate, inspire, and create enthusiasm in others to be passionate educators that support the diverse needs of students. Terrie serves as the vice president of educator initiatives for Learning Ally, where she works to develop engagement programs, professional learning services and communities for educators. Her passion is working with educators to create dynamic classrooms, and recognizing educators in their tremendous efforts. Terrie has more than 25 years of experience as both a motivational leader and developer of content for educators and administrators. Her focus for the past six years has been on the pedagogical practices needed to create effective environments for struggling readers and students with dyslexia. She has the opportunity to lead and facilitate groups numbering in the thousands, helping to build better understanding of working with struggling readers and students with dyslexia. Terrie is certified as an academic language practitioner and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in literacy, with an emphasis in educational leadership from St. John’s University.

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learning ally Learning Ally is a leading ed-tech, nonprofit proven to transform the lives of struggling readers. We provide access to grade-level content to bridge the gap for students with learning differences who can cognitively comprehend the information but read below grade level. Our high-quality, human-read audiobooks coupled with a suite of teacher resources is a cost effective solution for your school.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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