I was excited to see that teacher Katie Johnson recently won an honorable mention for her newest book, Red Flags for Elementary Teachers, where she details how vision and neurodevelopment issues in children can affect how they learn to read. Red Flags for Elementary Teachers placed in the General Non-Fiction category at the Florida Book Festival Awards in January.
At the bottom of this post, I’ve provided links where you can purchase Red Flags for Elementary Teachers if you are interested, but here is the description:
School and Visual-Motor Performances are Linked.
About 10 million children have difficulties learning to read. If a child cannot see 100% efficiently, it is logical that the child cannot learn 100% of what he or she might otherwise. In one test 51% of children who passed an eye chart screening still had vision problems that affected their ability to perform at their full potential in the classroom.
Come with Katie Johnson into her world, helping kids who struggle with learning to read. Katie shares her experience, offers class-tested activities that just might take your kids with struggles closer to success! Now there is hope for teachers wanting to help these special kids. Katie’s 46 years as a primary teacher and 15 years of hands on practice of these methods in the classroom allows her to paint a shining portrait of every child’s potential when she presents: What I See; What I Do; and What I’ve Learned.
About the author, Katie Johnson:
For many years, Katie Johnson believed that grammar and languages were the most fascinating part of her life, and teaching children to write was her focus as a teacher. For the past fifteen years that fascination has been edged aside by learning about developmental movement and vision and how they affect the lives of her primary-age public school students.
Teaching French in the Philippines for a year was Katie Johnson s first teaching position after graduating from Vassar College, with a major in English and strong minors in Russian and Greek. After teaching two years in high schools, Katie moved into the elementary grades, discovering in 1973 that first grade is where her heart is. Katie has taught first grade, in both Maine and Washington, for 37 of the 46 years she has been a teacher.
Katie Johnson has three published books about teaching writing to young children. She has worked as an adjunct professor of literacy in the teacher-training programs of Pacific Oaks College (California) and University of Washington (Bothell campus), as well as in the graduate school of Lesley University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and done many professional development presentations across the United States. She is a Fellow of the Southern Maine Writing Project and co-teaches an Institute for the Puget Sound Writing Project.
Katie teaches in the Shoreline School District and lives with her partner (also a primary teacher) in an old Craftsman house in Seattle. She likes to dance, read, cook, garden, write, talk, go to the symphony, and sample the ever-evolving microbrew production in the Northwest. She has two daughters, three granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren.
You can purchase Red Flags for Elementary Teachers directly from Johnson’s website
or from Amazon
And if you are in either of my offices, you’ll find copies which I loan to patients. Ask receptionists in either office.