Tuesday, February 23, 2021

"Learn about, read about, write about, talk about." Phyl Macomber T.H.E. P.A.C.T.


My friend, Phyl Macomber, invented a great teaching method called T.H.E   P.A.C.T.  I went to New England a few years ago to take the training for her methodology, and to team teach with her, and put it into practice. I found it to be the best and most organized way of teaching I had ever encountered.  Using color-coding and the simple premise of  an organized way of learning, I watched students with HUGE learning challenges react to and engage with The PACT.  One young man, upon meeting me, said, "When I see GREEN, I know I am going to learn something new."  He explained to Phyl that she gave him an easy way "inside his head" to learn. Just as using an iPad or iPhone is intuitive and simple, Phyl has made learning easy - because students have steps to follow!  And teachers have found that setting up their curriculum with T.H.E   P.A.C.T is also very easy to do! 

Here are the colors and learning steps as mentioned.





Phyl's genius idea is not just limited to special education, although it does bridge the gap!  I observed this concrete and simple method work with gifted students, as well, and with subjects from a children's book to science. 

Just last Saturday, Phyl's second book was listed on Amazon, where it took over the number one spot.  I was humbled and honored to be asked to write the foreword for Phyl's new book, which is now available on preview on Amazon for a reduced price. I urge educators to investigate Phyl's great ideas and methods, which are used internationally.  For information on T.H.E   P.A.C.T, go to https://aboutthepact.com/   For information on ordering her new book, please go to 


I was a classroom teacher for 37 years, and Phyl Macomber has created the best teaching method I have ever seen.  I wish I had known about T.H.E   P.A.C.T when I was in the classroom!

Phyl's info: 

Phyl Macomber, M.S. ATP
Author, Keynote Speaker, & Education Specialist

President of Make A Difference, Inc. and Practical Assistive Technology Solutions, Inc.


Twitter: @AllAboutTHEPACT 

Facebook: Phyl Macomber 

Facebook: T.H.E. P.A.C.T.

LinkedIn: Phyl Macomber

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