Author Archives: chris
We’re almost at the end of Dyslexia Awareness month and I hope that the posts I have written both here and on my FB page have been a help to you. Today’s message is about not giving up. Anytime your … Continue reading
Many people begin with The Reading League when they want to learn about the Science of Reading. Here’s another great place for information. Check out their guides here. This page links to what Shanahan has to say. You might be … Continue reading
THIS is where it’s at for teaching reading! In fact, a Facebook group that I belong to that dedicated to the Science of Reading surpassed 50,000 members this month — and it’s only been in existence for about a year! … Continue reading
This PDF shows what balanced literacy is supposed to look like in a classroom. On the surface, these things don’t look awful … but look more closely. Nowhere is the child told to sound out a word! That’s the crux … Continue reading
The answer to that question will take some time. Sorry. Here goes: On the surface, the name Balanced Literacy sounds wonderful, right? I mean, what could be better than something completely balanced? We hear about balanced meals, balanced approaches to … Continue reading
While every student will benefit from a systematic, explicit, intensive literacy program, dyslexic student REQUIRE it! This is where Structured Literacy comes into play. Read about it here. Structured literacy differs greatly from balanced literacy. The University of Michigan has … Continue reading
Good instruction can mean many things to different people. Here, and especially this month, we want to talk about the specifics of good instruction as it pertains to reading. Structured Literacy info from the IDA (Spend some time reading this!) … Continue reading
Components of effective instruction Though written for educators in the state of Tennessee, the PDF here is wonderful!
While this Timeline of Reading Wars has not been updated in years, but it does a good job on the earlier stuff. The Washington Post noticed that the war is back ‘on’ Here’s a podcast about the resurgence of the … Continue reading
Homeschoolers often lag behind the latest educational research, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Let’s do this!
In schools all across America these days, there is something called RTI taking place. RTI means Response to Intervention and it is a way of grouping kids, especially when talking about reading. Tier 1 is all about average readers in … Continue reading