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Hacks for Speedy Reading

Studies show that the speed we read at the age of 12 is the speed we will likely continue reading as adults. Let's apply some strategies now that will last a lifetime.
Kimberly Ortiz
50 total reviews for this teacher
25 reviews for this class
Completed by 130 learners
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year olds
learners per class


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$15 per class
Meets 3x per week
Over 1 week
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will be able to...
--develop an understanding of their WPM
--improve on pacing while reading
--use strategies to group phrases to read
--avoid sub-vocalization
--utilize peripheral sight
--use reading visualization to follow plot details faster
--develop ways to get to a text main idea faster
--check comprehension for accuracy
--utilize methods to improve memory and recall
--practice skills in various texts and genres
As a New York State teacher for 15 years, 11 of which have been specifically teaching ELA at the upper high school level, including NYS Common Core Regents Examination in English, I have developed several systematic approaches to aide students in achieving a rounded understanding of textual information, and also writing about it.  My favorite approach is always the hands on, STEM-like inquiry teaching methods that turn abstract concepts into tangible understanding.  Furthermore, my education and training in teaching online from the online instruction program with SUNY gives me the added advantage of  developing a classroom environment that is comfortable and connected.  Join me today!

Recommendation about Kimberly Ortiz from co-special education teacher, Courtney Owens, at current Public School position:
It is obvious that Kim spends a lot of time organizing, planning and creating her lessons. She teaches in a scaffolding approach through multiple learning styles. In other words, she teaches step by step using outlines, examples and videos for visuals. Two of my favorite qualities of Kim’s teaching is her creativity and sense of humor. She is able to make the learning process fun!
There is an optional homework on day 2 that I encourage parents to request their child to do in order to solidify the intense instruction on comprehension from the lesson.  I will go over the instructions in class and will review the answers on day 3.

Students should have a pad/notebook of paper and pencil for quick notes, as well as a copy of the student packet using the link sent to the student in Outschool upon signing up (whether the student plans to print or read/type directly in the digital documents). In addition, students will need a new or currently-in-progress free-reading book/novel for our final reading challenge. Digital books can be provided by me upon request.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Besides the optional homework in which parents are encouraged to request their child to do, other assessments will be for data, and students will record that information for parents to review.  On the first day, students will collect a pre-course WPM score, and leave that same day with a new WPM score.  On the last day, we will read for 20 minutes and count the number of pages. We will also get one last official WPM score. 
3 hours per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
All of my classes are appropriate and organized, and your teen will be perfectly engaged for the entire class. 


Kimberly OrtizYou Got Schooled -- Upper Elementary through HS Education by K.Ortiz
50 total reviews
42 completed classes

About Me

Bet you didn't know you could learn ELA like you do in STEM!  Using challenges and inquiry-based activities, students jump right into learning non-fiction and literary reading, writing, listening and speaking strategies and skills.  Even with the... 
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