Instruction

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…