How To Use The Training

How To Use DrSwaby.com

Here are the 3 most popular ways that DrSwaby.com is used:

Independent

  • Administrators can make their school community aware that the school has subscribed to DrSwaby.com.
  • Teachers can log on and view the classes at their own pace.  They can take a short multiple-choice test at the end of each class to demonstrate their completion of that class.  Administrators can monitor which teachers have completed which classes.
  • Administrators can assign classes to teachers.
  • The district may be able to give educational credit to teachers who have completed all 10 classes. 
  • Parents, especially those whose children read below grade level, are encouraged to review the literacy class for parents in their homes, at the school, or at local libraries.  They can learn easy techniques to use at home that will support what’s being done in the classroom.
  • All subscribers can use the discussion boards to interact with others using DrSwaby.com.  Through sharing, users gain insights about what works best at other schools. 
  • All subscribers can also ask questions to Dr. Swaby.

Collaborative

  • Administrators show modules periodically to large groups as an in-service or as optional meetings.
  • Faculty can meet as one large group for their desired length of time to view some of the teaching modules.  Immediately following, they can discuss what they saw.  Suggested discussion questions for each teaching module are provided by DrSwaby.com.  Such meetings can happen once a month or once a quarter until finished with all classes. 
  • Small groups, such as reading teachers or grade level teachers can view the teaching modules.  Suggested discussion questions for each teaching module are provided by DrSwaby.com.  Such meetings can happen as often as the group desires until finished with all classes.
  • The school can host showings of the parent class.  Interested parents can learn easy techniques to use at home that will support what’s being done in the classroom.  We recommend that the 2 ½ hour parent class be shown in at least 2-3 segments of 45 minutes to 1 hour each.  It may be helpful to repeat showings of the parent class several times per school year.  Parents can also be informed that they can view the entire parent class online at their convenience.  
  • All subscribers can use the discussion boards to interact with others using DrSwaby.com.  Through sharing, users gain insights about what works best at other schools. 
  • All subscribers can also ask questions to Dr. Swaby.

Evaluative

  • As Administrators conduct their teacher evaluations, they can use the Literacy Evaluation Tool developed by Dr. Swaby as a checklist.
  • For areas where the teacher is not as strong, the administrator can recommend that the teacher watch a particular class, such as “What is Important in a Reading Lesson,” “How to Instruct Vocabulary,” or “Facilitating Non-Literal Comprehension,” for example.  
  • All subscribers can use the discussion boards to interact with others using DrSwaby.com.  Through sharing, users gain insights about what works best at other schools. 
  • All subscribers can also ask questions to Dr. Swaby.

We would be happy to help you determine how best to use Dr. Swaby’s teachings at your school.  We can also collaborate with you to tailor resources, instructional guides, or other tools that would launch your school’s use of DrSwaby.com.

The Let’s Teach Our Children to Read literacy training system helps administrators, teachers, and parents all be consistent in teaching literacy skills to our children.

Administrators will use the literacy training system in the following ways:

  • Observe, evaluate and coach teachers on all aspects of their instructional skills by using the Literacy Evaluation Instrument
  • Pose questions to and receive answers from Dr. Barbara Swaby by using the on-line discussion board designed for administrators
  • Track their teachers' participation in the literacy learning system
  • Provide comprehensive content for in service or staff development meetings by using the ten (10) classes with forty three (43) modules designed for teachers
  • Access the literacy database

Teachers will use the learning system in the following ways:

  • Review literacy classes either in a group setting or self paced by viewing the ten (10) classes with forty three (43) modules designed for teachers
  • Pose questions to and receive answers from Dr. Barbara Swaby by using the on-line discussion board designed for teachers
  • Take tests to demonstrate understanding of each class
  • Access the literacy database

Parents will use the learning system in the following ways:

  • Review literacy class either in a group setting or self paced by viewing the one class with six (6) modules designed for parents
  • Pose questions to and receive answers from Dr. Barbara Swaby by using the on-line discussion board designed for parents
  • Access the literacy database