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Cognitive Energy

Lack of Cognitive Energy can Lead to a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Have you ever read the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? Have you ever had a day like Alexander where nothing seemed to go right?  At the end of such a day, you probably had, or felt like having, a meltdown.  You…

What You Need to Know About Decodable Running Records
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What You Need to Know About Decodable Running Records

Proponents of the science of reading realize leveled running records are flawed, but we also know decodable running records provide a wealth of information. You just have to know what to look for. There has been a lot of discussion about how to determine students’ mastery of foundational skills. We’ve written extensively about assessing essential…

Back to School:  Getting to Know Your Second and Third Grade Readers
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Back to School: Getting to Know Your Second and Third Grade Readers

Essential Assessments for Second and Third Grade Readers Second and third grade is where the ‘rubber meets the road,’ so to speak. Much of kindergarten and first grade reading instruction focuses on building phonological awareness skills and applying the alphabetic principle. Comprehension and vocabulary are addressed primarily through read aloud. In second and third grade, students are…

How Will I Know When It’s Time to Stop Using Decodable Texts?
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How Will I Know When It’s Time to Stop Using Decodable Texts?

We are often asked, “At what skill or mastery level should I stop using decodable texts?” The answer varies based on each student. Before we jump into the answer, there are some basic understandings that must be addressed as to WHY the use of decodable texts in beginning and struggling readers is non-negotiable. Six Basic…

How to Assess Students with Science of Reading Aligned Decodable Running Records
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How to Assess Students with Science of Reading Aligned Decodable Running Records

You know that assessing with leveled readers is just not giving you the information you need to help your students, but what is a teacher to do? The answer is to use decodable running records. Some folks are suggesting that running records are not a helpful assessment tool and teachers should not bother administering them….

The Importance of Teaching Handwriting

The Importance of Teaching Handwriting

Teaching handwriting is one of the cornerstones of literacy because reading and writing are reciprocal skills. As students learn to spell words with the same phonetic patterns they are reading, it helps solidify their understanding. Automaticity and accuracy in letter formation frees up working memory. Then students can concentrate on what they are writing, rather…