Daise, Leslie


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Grades: K-3
Support Specialist
Contact Information
Email Address: ldaise@pway.org
Phone number: Grandview main number: 732-752-2501 Ext. 5736

Best way to reach me: e-mail; I check it regularly 

My name is Leslie Daise, and this is my ninth year in the Piscataway School District. My educational background includes a BA in Psychology, an MA in Special Education, and an MA in Religion. Certifications include Dyslexia Specialist-IMSLEC, Dyslexia Therapist-IDA,  Orton Gillingham Teacher Practitioner, Special Education Teacher K-8 and Elementary School Education. I am a certified Orton Gillingham Teacher Trainer and an adjunct faculty member of Fairleigh-Dickenson University's Center for Dyslexic Studies. I currently serve on the Board of Trustees at the Laurel School located in Hopewell, NJ. My previous position was in James City County Public Schools, Virginia, where I was an Educational Diagnostician. My primary responsibility at Grandview Elementary School is as a Literacy Support Specialist for students in First Grade.

Educational Philosophy: In a broad sense, it is the responsibility of the teacher to provide a safe learning environment that supports academic risk- taking by the student. The teacher's role is to guide inquiry, assist the student in constructing knowledge so s/he may be life long learners, communicators, reflective and caring. It is the teacher's role to teach the necessary 21st century skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. In a more narrow sense, it is the literacy teacher's responsibility to develop a student's phonemic awareness, build vocabulary, strengthen fluency which in the end will enhance comprehension and increase a student's love of reading.

My mode of instruction is research based. If you are interested in learning more, please see the Quick Links.  If your child is having difficulty reading, I would be more than glad to meet with you and show you several techniques you could do at home.

Tips on how to help your children to read

1) Introduce them to literature. Take time to read to them daily. By reading to them, you are modeling what a good reader sounds like. Activate your child's 'schema' (ie, view of the world, background knowledge, what s/he already knows) by asking thinking questions: What do you see/notice? What do you feel? What are you wondering? What does it mean when it says, "The dog's ear perked up?" Discuss the pictures.

2) Build fluency by: 1) read a passage yourself; 2) read the passage together with the child; 3) Have the child read it alone.

3) Maintain communication with their teachers.

4) Don't assume your child understands the meaning of words. For example, once a student of mine was reading a passage that began, "Evening came quickly to Portland." When I asked the student what 'evening' meant, he said, "That's a person in the story." Ask them to explain what words mean. Use expansive vocabulary-they pick up more than you would think!

5) For the younger ones, ask "What sound does the word_____ begin with? end with? What's the middle sound?" Teach them rhyming words. Read Rhymes with them.
Marking Period One
As the school year begins with the challenge of engaging students via remote learning, the emphasis will be on basic literacy skills which involve building letter-sound knowledge, identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds, understanding one to one correspondence, reading simple text fluently and with prosody (feeling), writing a basic sentence, and learning the high frequency sight words every first grader should know by the end of the academic year.