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Want to know how the Science of Reading applies to your classroom? Keep reading to discover what the research suggests, and how we should teach phonics and phonemic awareness to help all students learn to read.

You have perfectly planned your small group lessons.  You know the skills, you’ve copied the materials, you’ve read the texts to help plan.  You. Are. Ready.  And then you remember that while you’re working with 5 kids, you have 18 other kids that will need meaningful work.Sounds familiar, right?  Today, I want to talk to you about what the other
I wish we could all take days to peek inside each other’s classrooms and learn from one another.  I’ve actually taken a personal day to travel an hour to one of my favorite teacher’s school so I could see how she teaches.  My goal anytime I go to a professional development or watch someone else teach is to try and
We need to start this post with a mantra, and I want  you to hold on to this mantra as long as needed.  Are you ready?  It might be hard to say, but I promise it is important.Repeat after me:  I do not have to rush kindergarteners into reading books.Seriously.  Say it again, and this time I want you to
I broke up with Lucy Calkins this year.  I fully severed the ties when I threw my Art of Teaching Reading book into the garbage.  I threw it into the trash at school, so I couldn’t dig through the garbage and rescue it.  All of my blog posts so far have been aimed at giving tips, spreading information, and helping
               Making the shift towards the Science of Reading can be overwhelming.  If you are starting this on your own, without the support of your school and county, it can seem impossible.  I mean, if it were really the best thing for kids, we’d all know about it by now right? I wish it were that simple.  You want to
This was intended to be my first post when I launched my blog. As I began writing, though, I was overwhelmed with the idea. My apprehension came because this is just too important to mess up, too important to do half-heartedly. But today, I’m writing for those of you who, like me, are still overwhelmed sometimes with the Science of
               How comfortable are you with writing the letter e?  I think, at this point in our lives, we’re pretty solid.  Since we are so good at it, we could probably teach it to others, right?  How would you explain writing the letter e to a child who is just learning their letters?  “You start kind-of halfway down the line. 
If you are a math teacher who is teaching multiplication to their students, what does their practice look like?  Do you give them 25 problems where 15 review addition and subtraction, 5 are division (even though you haven’t taught that yet), and only 5 problems practice your target skill?  OF COURSE YOU DON’T.  You know that in order to be
Sight words.  High-frequency words. Red Words. Heart words.  Who cares what they are called as long as your kids learn them, right?  And to a certain degree you are right.  But, I do think there are some key differences.  So, let’s talk vocabulary and then get to the good stuff—how we teach them to our children.          I used to think
               I’ve started and stopped this first post several times.  The idea of putting myself out there as some kind of expert in the Science of Reading is not only daunting, it’s just wrong.  I’d like to start by saying I’m not an expert—I’m not a researcher, a published author, or a professor.  I do not stand on the shoulders