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The Magic of Decodable Texts
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The Magic of Decodable Texts

  Decodable Texts are a Necessary Tool  What’s so magical about decodable texts? Supporting systematic phonics instruction with decodable texts provides the opportunity for children to truly read with independence.  After students are taught a specific phonics concept, they must then apply this learning to connected text.  Students need to know that the code they…

How to Navigate a Common-Sense Approach to the Science of Reading

How to Navigate a Common-Sense Approach to the Science of Reading

A common-sense approach to the Science of Reading and literacy instruction is an essential part of being an effective educator. First and foremost, this approach requires that teachers adapt to the evolving nature of the Science of Reading. Following the science means being comfortable with discomfort. For the good of our students, we must embrace…

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…

What Are the Top 10 Most Important Literacy Tools to Support Reading Instruction?
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What Are the Top 10 Most Important Literacy Tools to Support Reading Instruction?

How do you choose the most important literacy tools for your classroom? I mean, classroom wish lists – we all have them. When budgets are tight, the discerning teacher understands that it is important to prioritize when it comes to ordering classroom supplies. Assuming that you have the basics such as pencils, paper, and decodable…