Brain Words Book Club: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching

“When we speak of building a dictionary in each child’s brain, we are referring to building a bank of syllables and words within each child – that includes information on pronunciation, meaning, and critically, spelling. These stored patterns and words referred to by scientists as lexical representations, we refer to here as brain words” p 2.

Literacy Instruction: From ‘Best Practices’ to Centering Student Voices

I am thinking about the intersections of literacy instruction and learning that centers the voices of Black students. I know that even as I am thinking about this, and sharing my own thoughts and questions, that I have been indoctrinated with racist tendencies that I have subconsciously absorbed: 10 Ways Good White People Can HelpContinue reading “Literacy Instruction: From ‘Best Practices’ to Centering Student Voices”

Beyond Aesthetics: The Third Teacher and the Literate Learner

  The Third Teacher takes a close look at how the design of learning spaces can impact learning. Beyond mere aesthetics, which are undoubtedly essential, the set up and organization of a learning space impacts the learning that they are able to achieve. This is particularly true for literacy. The ability for students to be ableContinue reading “Beyond Aesthetics: The Third Teacher and the Literate Learner”

Supporting Intermediate Struggling Readers

I find that supporting struggling readers in Intermediate is very difficult. It is difficult to support with a classroom library or school library collection, difficult to run guided reading, and difficult to preserve self-esteem because using websites and books that may be at appropriate reading levels are also often for ‘little kids’. It is important toContinue reading “Supporting Intermediate Struggling Readers”

SAMR, Collaborative Inquiry & Tech enabled Learning

Earlier this year I began a collaborative teacher inquiry that would set up a technological framework for supporting literacy in the lives of our students, and increasing knowledge. My framework fit very nicely with Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model. The following is an example of one way I am incorporating the SAMR into literacy. Different EntryContinue reading “SAMR, Collaborative Inquiry & Tech enabled Learning”