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How to Strengthen Phonological Awareness Using Instructional Scaffolds
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How to Strengthen Phonological Awareness Using Instructional Scaffolds

For many beginning and struggling readers who need to strengthen phonological awareness, instructional scaffolds are a necessity. In our previous post, we answered a lot of questions about instructional scaffolds. In this post, we delve more deeply into specific scaffolds used to strengthen phonological awareness. What is Phonological Awareness? Phonological Awareness is an auditory skill….

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…

What is the Best Way to Use Decodable Running Records?
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What is the Best Way to Use Decodable Running Records?

The best way to use decodable running records, or any progress monitoring tool for that matter, is to use the results to inform instruction. We urge educators to move beyond the pass/fail mentality. Educators are diagnosticians. We must approach every assessment through that lens, and ask ourselves, “What does this tell me about what this…

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….

Important Points to Keep in Mind as Districts Shift to the Science of Reading
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Important Points to Keep in Mind as Districts Shift to the Science of Reading

If it hasn’t happened yet in your district, now is the time to shift to the science of reading. Teachers and administrators need to know that the ‘jig is up’, the ’emperor has no clothes’ and balanced literacy is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’. Okay, enough with the idioms. Let’s get to the point. Thanks…