Title Happenings by Anita Mueller, E-M Title I Coordinator
A strategy that I have started using with some of the Title I reading students is using polyester colored overlays. They come in 10 colors: blue, light blue, green, blue-green, non-glare, red (pink), orange-red, smoke(gray), yellow, and reddish-yellow(amber). The overlays are used to help those with reading difficulties which might include slow reading rate, losing their place, poor comprehension, eye strain or fatigue, headaches and vision dyslexia. The colored overlays change the wavelength of the light hitting the retina in the eye. The student is to try them all and see which one has the sharpest, clearest, or most stable images. Sometimes it is helpful to use a colored overlay and then put the non-glare one over that to take the shimmer off of the overlay. Students think that using a colored overlay is fun as well.