Don Johnston wrote Building Wings to build self-confidence and to
his personal journey as a struggling reader. In
his new book, Don shares the valuable lessons he
learned from his 8th grade
teacher who inspired him to think and learn
in different ways. Building Wings reminds teachers and
parents of the disguised behavior signs that children often use to hide
their learning deficiencies.
Since 1980, Don Johnston has designed supplemental
instruction and intervention strategies to help
students become successful readers, writers and thinkers. Building
is a perfect reading supplement and professional development resource.
It is a must-read book for struggling learners, teachers, PTA, PTO and
school board members. Share it with your school disability and community groups.
Ideas to Use Building Wings in a Student
- Inspire struggling learners to take action
- Remind teachers of "disguised" signs of struggle
- Build a student self-advocacy learning program
- Raise awareness throughout your community
- Use as a great fund-raising tool
- Lead professional development discussions
- Collaborate with school improvement teams
- Include with response to intervention model
- Begin a student book club or blog
Purchase Building Wings: How I made it Through School here
VA Public Schools selected Building Wings
to help learners identify their unique learning style. Students learn to advocate for technologies that work best for them and to tell teachers if they do
not understand a skill or concept.
Ransom Middle School , Cantonment FL
Middle School Students talk about Don's book.
Pomfret Community School, CT students act out Don's Book in Reader's Theater.
Building Wings: How I made it Through School