๐ŸŽ Holiday Gift Guide for Amazing Teachers!
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๐ŸŽ Holiday Gift Guide for Amazing Teachers!

Hey there, awesome teachers! ๐ŸŽ The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to treat yourself to some well-deserved goodies. ๐ŸŽ„ Whether you’re sipping on a cozy cup of coffee, diving into the science of reading, or spreading some literacy laughs, this holiday gift guide is tailored just for you! Remember, dear teachers, it’s…

Learning to Read or Reading to Learn
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Learning to Read or Reading to Learn

In the world of early literacy education, there has long been a prevailing myth that young readers should start by learning to read and later transition to reading to learn. For decades, theories of children’s phases of reading acquisition oversimplified the process. So, the “learning to read” then “reading to learn” made sense. However, the…

A Straw Man Argument about the Science of Reading
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A Straw Man Argument about the Science of Reading

Reading Wars With decades of research, experience, and intelligent conversations, how are we still “at war” when it comes to reading? First I will say that I operate under the assumption that ALL teachers go into education to help students learn. Educators go to school to learn pedagogy, instructional practices, and the current research to…

Weaving Vocabulary Instruction into Phonics Learning
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Weaving Vocabulary Instruction into Phonics Learning

As educators committed to fostering successful reading journeys for our students, it is imperative to understand the multifaceted nature of reading. One of the most effective approaches to achieve this is by embracing Scarborough’s Reading Rope, a powerful framework that intricately weaves together various strands of reading skills. In this blog post, we’ll delve into…

The Phases of Reading Fluency
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The Phases of Reading Fluency

A Guide for Educators and Parents As educators and parents, we share the common goal of helping young learners become proficient readers. Reading fluency is the ability to read accurately, smoothly, and with understanding. It is a crucial milestone in a child’s reading journey. You might be surprised at the many layers and foundational skills…

Syllable Division
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Syllable Division

Unlocking Multisyllabic Words: The Power of Syllable Division in Reading Instruction As elementary school teachers, one of our primary goals is to equip our students with the essential skills they need to become proficient readers. For struggling readers, decoding multisyllabic words can be a daunting task, hindering their ability to comprehend text effectively. However, there…

Science of Reading Myths
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Science of Reading Myths

I am thrilled you are joining me to learn more about the science of reading.ย Our journey should not be one of confirming what we already know about reading or validating our experiences.ย  Instead, consider what it would mean to change your approach to reading instruction based on scientific facts.ย  “The purpose of learning isnโ€™t to…