Successful Online Sessions

We have been very successful in converting our in-person sessions to online person-to-person sessions.  They have been more convenient for parents - saving gas and time!  But there are a few things that we need our students and parents to do in order to make their Orton Gillingham reading sessions really effective.

First, please review the technology requirements for a  Zoom session.

The student will need:

  1. A strong and fast internet connection.
  2. A computer that is new enough to support programs such as Zoom, Dropbox, etc.
  3. A laptop or desktop computer with a camera.  (Ipads, Notebooks, Kindles, etc. do not work well.)
  4. A set of noise-canceling headphones.
  5. A dedicated, quiet spot for the reading sessions - it should have a table or desk, and a real chair.
  6. Paper and a dark-color pen.
  7. All OG materials nearby, at the ready.
  8. A parent nearby, in case of tech needs (for younger students)

Some things are a real hazard to the success of a session:

  1. Eating and drinking during a session.
  2. Pets and/or siblings in the area.
  3. Trying to do the session from bed or on the couch, floor, etc.
  4. Having a television on in the area.
  5. Resistance to attending the session.