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Still reversing b and d
Old 11-15-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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I'm sitting here grading papers, and it hit me again how many kids I have who still regularly reverse lowercase b and d. None of these kids are receiving services. Got any suggestions how to remediate this?


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same here
Old 11-15-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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I have quite a few kids doing it as well. Today I had a kid read barn as darn. Then she looked at me like I was weird when I corrected her.
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What grade?
Old 11-15-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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I teach second, and I always have a few. I have them erase the whole word and correct it every single time I catch it, and I remind them to check for b and d reversals before they turn in a paper. Most of them are pretty well cured by the end of the year.
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me too
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I have kids that are still reversing other letters, not just b and d as well as numbers. Not only do they reverse the actual digit, the often reverse the order of the numbers which in math makes a huge difference to the answer. I have the b d bed which I have on their desk but that doesn't seem to be helping. If anyone has a great "cure", I would love to know about it!
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I use the bed idea but
Old 11-16-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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I have the students create a "bed" with their hands: make an "o" with your thumb and every finger except with the pointer pointing up. I let the students know that they carry their b and d with them at all times. Some will even make the letters and put it next to the word to check if it is a b or d.

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Capitals
Old 11-17-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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Another trick since they usually seem to know the capitals for B and D is that if you "add a bump to a b you get a capital B." Adding a bump on top of a lowercase d looks wrong to them (most of the time!). You can also add a big curve to the back of a d and get a D, but that one doesn't seem to be as catchy.
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I say, "Make your bed!"
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I use the bed idea, too, just like KrisKElem! Every so often, I'll see one of my students "make their bed" in their lap as he works on an assignment. So far, it's had consistent results with the two students in my class that reverse. Our resource room teacher keeps a visual posted in her room year-round so kids can just look up and remember. There's a colorful poster available from ReallyGoodStuff (http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/produ...+bed+poster.do) but I'm sure you could make your own for free.
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I agree with using the capitals
Old 11-19-2011, 06:05 AM
 
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Using the capital letters MIGHT work. I'm not a fan of the bed idea. I have them really focus on one like the B so they can then remember the other one is facing the other way. I firmly believe that having students go back and "fixing" them together is a lot more meaningful than having them edit by themselves. Also see if they have one in thier name and relate it back to that. Some students will just learn it when they are ready and find a strategy that works for them.
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b and d confusion
Old 11-20-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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I am a Reading Recovery teacher who has several first graders with this problem. I asked my teacher leader--who teaches RR teachers. She advised me to teach hard for it by using a word that this student knows really well. She has a 'd' in her name so I am going to direct this to her and have her write and concentrate on the letter 'd'. So she can remember the differences between a 'd' and 'b'.
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