Entries by Katie Garner

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Sending Home Phonics “Secrets” for Reading & Writing Fun Outside of School

“Why hadn’t I thought of this before? Giving my kids the phonics “secrets” to take home for reading and writing was truly the BEST GIFT I have ever given!” This was originally posted on Tara Settle’s popular (and totally FREE & AWESOME!) teacher blog, Settle on In, entitled, “The BEST GIFT I Have Ever Given. […]

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“Secret Sundays” with Katie Garner LIVE on YouTube 5pm EST | Brain-Based Phonics for Accelerated Reading and Writing

Join me LIVE on Youtube for “Secret Sundays” at 5pm EST for Brain Based Phonics for Accelerated Reading and Writing Instruction! If you tuned in last Sunday for the very first Secret Sundays LIVE at 5 on YouTube, then you know it was a blast! (And if you didn’t, you can catch it by clicking on […]

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Transforming Phonics Instruction: Becoming a “Secret Agent” of Change in Your School!

Title I Teacher (a.k.a. “Secret Agent” Amy Mitchel) Goes Undercover…. and takes her “student detectives” with her! My name is Amy Mitchell. I am a reading specialist and Title I teacher in Wyoming County, West Virginia. In all the years that I’ve been working with kids, I have never had more fun or more success […]

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Boost Your Reading Program with Brain Based Phonics Instruction!

Secret Stories® is the Brain-Based “Gas” that Makes Learning Go Warp-Speed! If you’re frustrated with your reading program and the intractably slow-pace of phonics skill instruction, or if you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the sight words that kids are required to learn each week, then you are in for a real treat! I […]

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What Dyslexia Isn’t….Plus a Handy Comparison of Secrets Stories® Phonics & Orton-Gillingham Reading Intervention Programs

What Dyslexia Isn’t As promised, I’ve asked reading specialist, Heather Vidal, to come back and shed more light on dyslexia, what it is, and more importantly, what it isn’t—despite the common misconceptions. If you are a new subscriber, or if you missed Heather’s previous guest post about how she uses Secret Stories® in conjunction with […]

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Wanna Know a “Secret” About Orton-Gillingham Phonics Instruction?

Learn the “Secrets” About Orton-Gillingham Phonics Instruction Yay! Look at me!! I’m actually setting a new record with TWO blogs in two weeks! Although I guess I’m kind of cheating with this one, as I didn’t write it myself! Instead, I found an expert in Secret Stories® and Orton-Gillingham phonics instruction to write it for […]

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Not More Reading Instruction, Just Better! (And Taught with the Brain in Mind!)

Kids don’t need MORE reading instruction, they need better reading instruction… and taught with the brain in mind! Happy Summer to All of My Dear Teacher (and Principal) Friends! I know it’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me, but like many of you, I haven’t stopped running, and feel like I am […]

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National Title I Video Delay Due to Katie Garner’s Dumpster Diving in Detroit!

No, you didn’t misread the title. If you’re subscribed to my Secret Newsletter, you were probably expecting to receive the video link to my presentation at this year’s National Title I Conference in your email last weekend. The reason I was unable to send out the Title I video link last weekend as promised, was […]

“Kid-Created” Phonics Secrets!

I received an email from the mom of an adorable little boy who had been diagnosed with high functioning autism. Her frustration and despair were heartfelt, and her words really struck a chord, both as a mom and as a teacher. With her permission, I wanted to share it….. Hi Katie, My son is in grade […]

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Skip the Phonics Instruction ‘Scope & Sequence’ Bus and Catch the ‘Brain-Based’ Teaching Merry-Go-Round!

§ Does it ever feel like every day is a new day in Johnny’s head? What I mean is, have you ever spent an entire week teaching something, only to have some kids look at you like they have NEVER seen it before on the following Monday? With so many skills to cover in so […]