YOU WRITE ABOUT “SANDWICH STYLE TEACHING.” WHAT’S THAT?
What’s the Sandwich?
“Sandwich Style Teaching” is simple. It means making a reading sandwich where Fast Flash are the two pieces of bread and the middle, the PBJ layer, is the high interest material that contains the words you just flashed.
So here’s how it works: let’s say you’re going to be teaching the Spaghetti! book. For the Fast Flash “bread,” you’ll pick 5 or 6 flash cards for words that are in the book. You’ll flash those according to the Fast Flash Method. Then you’ll read/teach the Spaghetti! book together. That’s the PBJ filling. Then you top it off with another slice of Fast Flash “bread,” and you’re done.
That’s the method.
WHAT’S KEY TO THIS STYLE OF TEACHING?
- Repetition of the essential sight vocabulary. Fast. This is based on right hemisphere learning and the work of Doman/Heguru/Sichida. The brain needs the information fast, and it needs to see it repeatedly.
- Always relating sight words to meaningful reading: a book, a reading game, etc. We NEVER teach sight words in isolation. We teach Reading For Meaning, period. We all read for meaning. So if we teach a child random words, how does that relate to that child’s life and interests? It doesn’t. We have to make it relative, even if it involves isolated words sent home weekly from the classroom. In that latter case, we create a Personal Page, a made-up story, that incorporates both those classroom words and the child’s life.
I need more details…
You’ll find everything you need to know about SST in my book Whole Child Reading: A Quick-Start Guide to Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Delays. Look at the chapter titled, “Sandwich Style Teaching.”
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
I’m glad you asked. Here you go…Sandwich Style Teaching on YouTube.
This is my 4-minute, 13-second video which shows you not only the Sandwich Style Teaching, but also how to play one of my lotto games at the beginning levels. Both the game and the corresponding book are here on my site. At 2:45 minutes, you’ll also see how to use what one mom called my “magic decoding card,” simply using a white cover-up card to help the learner decode a word.
Time now for a PBJ!