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Teaching our Emergent Readers: Guidance From Carolyn Helmers & Susan Vincent

First, I will start out by saying that I had Intentional From the Start: Guiding Emergent Readers in Small Groups on my wish list for a while. After expressing my jealousy to a friend who received a copy from her employer, she generously bought me a copy for my birthday (Thanks, again, Gen!). I have …

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The Best Way to Support Literacy Acquisition: Never Stop Learning

As I was perusing through some posts in a literacy Facebook group, I came across a particular post that caught my attention. A literacy teacher asked if a specific program was good to use for students who were struggling with learning how to read. What spurred me to write this post was not a teacher …

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2nd Round Action Research: Accelerating the Learning Part 2

At the beginning of my 2nd round of Reading Recovery I wrote a post about participating in a LitCon session, The Quest for Accelerated Gains in Writing, presented by Mary Fried, reflecting on my own practices during the writing part of my Reading Recovery lessons, and my desire to do some action research centered around …

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2nd Round Action Research: Accelerating the Learning

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in various sessions through the on-line LitCon 2022 Conference last January-February. One particular session entitled, The Quest for Accelerated Gains in Writing, provided by Mary Fried had me looking at and reflecting on my own practices during the writing part of my Reading Recovery lessons. Mary defined high-impact teachers and discussed …

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Book Introductions: Are They Necessary?

Over the past few years, I have heard more and more teachers question the purpose of a book introduction during guiding reading groups. In some cases, teachers have even moved away from providing a book introduction. Teachers are concerned that by providing a book introduction they are "giving away" the book and it appears to …

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Running Records Are Not Pass/Fail

Running Records are an essential component of my day-to-day planning for my students. At times, I hear running records talked about in terms of a student "passing" or "failing". When we put too much emphasis on the accuracy rate and think of running records as "pass/fail," we can not make student-centered decisions about our teaching. …

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Supporting Agency Through Teacher Language

Agency I recently read the book, Wire for Agency: Four Simple Moves That Transfer Learning, by Jenn Hayhurst and Jill DeRosa. If you are interested in shifting your teaching to increase students' independence, then this is a must-read. This text walks educators through four important moves to support student agency: Watch, Intend, Reflect, and Engage. …

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Lessons Learned: Reflections on a Remarkable Year

When staring into a pool of still, clear water, the reflected image is sharp, almost perfect. When the water is disturbed, the reflection is still there, but it is distorted, no longer a perfect copy. Our water has been disturbed. For some of us, in the most violent way. Our year has resembled past school …

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Raising Remote Readers: Talk About It

Language & Literacy Marie M. Clay (2016) explains that learning to read is making connections with visible print to the invisible knowledge one has of oral language. Many families who have a young readers learning at home this year, or who have spent significant amounts of time learning from home, are worried about sufficient reading …

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Experimenting with Action Research in the Classroom

At the beginning of this school year, like many literacy interventionists, I was asked to fulfill a different role. After years out of the classroom, I suddenly found myself teaching "in-person" kindergarten. Despite having been a classroom teacher for years in the past, I'll admit that I was nervous and wondering how I would handle …

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Register Soon for the Made for Learning Book Study

EDIT: Our Made for Learning book study is now full! If you are interested in future book studies please fill out this brief form. Join us and colleagues from around the world for an exciting book study opportunity! Space is filling up fast, so make sure you register soon for this free 5-part study and …

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You are Invited to a Book Study!

EDIT: Our Made for Learning book study is now full! If you are interested in future book studies please fill out this brief form. literacypages We are pleased to announce an exciting professional development opportunity! Join us for, Literacy Pages: The Book Study. This 5-part series features the text, Made for Learning: How the Conditions …

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Improving Automaticity When Reading

Proficient readers are able to read effortlessly, devoting the majority of their attention to comprehending what they are reading. Scholarly reading with unfamiliar academic vocabulary would provide some challenge to a proficient reader, but everyday reading would require minimal effort. The goal of freeing up a reader's attention should be kept in mind as we …

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Cross-checking Sources of Information

Literacy Pages: The Series presents the fifth post in an 8-post series related to Reading Recovery and Teaching with Discontinuation in Mind from Early Lessons. Cross-checking is the behavior in which a student checks one or more sources of information against each other. The act of cross-checking can lead to a self-correction in which all …

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Literacy Intervention in Kindergarten

If you are in the field of education, then you are most likely very familiar with the terms progress-monitoring and data-based decisions. These terms are “hot” and at the center of many school meetings. Progress-monitoring and data-based decisions are important but I wonder what would happen if effectiveness of an intervention and teacher expertise became …

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Part 5: Making New Discoveries

Literacy Pages: The Series presents the fifth post in an 8-post series related to Reading Recovery and Teaching with Discontinuation in Mind from Early Lessons. Click below to check out our previous post. Self-Extending Systems: Teaching with Discontinuation and Independence in Mind Part 1: Actively Self-monitoring Part 2: Searching for Different Kinds of Information Part …

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Part 3: Syntactic Structures

Literacy Pages: The Series presents the forth post in an 8-post series related to Reading Recovery and Teaching with Discontinuation in Mind from Early Lessons. Click below to check out our previous post. Self-Extending Systems: Teaching with Discontinuation and Independence in Mind Part 1: Actively Self-monitoring Part 2: Searching for Different Kinds of Information When …

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Part 2: Searching for Different Kinds of Information

Literacy Pages: The Series presents the third post in an 8-post series related to Reading Recovery and Teaching with Discontinuation in Mind from Early Lessons. Click below to check out our previous post. Self-Extending Systems: Teaching with Discontinuation and Independence in Mind Part 1: Actively Self-monitoring Searching is when the reader actively looks for information …

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Part 1: Actively Self-monitoring

Literacy Pages: The Series presents the second post in an 8-part series related to Reading Recovery and Teaching with Discontinuation in Mind from Early Lessons. Click below to check out our previous post. Self-Extending Systems: Teaching with Discontinuation and Independence in Mind Self-monitoring is an integral ability needed by students in order for them to …

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Letter Learning Through a Child’s Name

Due to COVID-19, I have found myself taking a departure from my role as a literacy interventionist. For this school year, I have returned full circle to where my teaching career began more than 20 years ago - a kindergarten teacher. My primary literacy goals for these little ones are to instill a love of …

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Self-Extending Systems: Teaching with Discontinuation and Independence in Mind

"In order to help students achieve successful processing, we must ask ourselves an important question, are we doing the necessary analysis and planning with the development of self-extending systems in mind from week to week, day to day, and moment to moment during our students' programs?"

Join Us at LitCon22!

We are very excited to be live featured speakers at this year’s all virtual LitCon: National K-8 Literacy Conference on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 with a live Continued Engagement follow-up session on Saturday, February 5th, 2022. Our session, Shifting Our Language for Strategic Processing will focus on recognizing the strategic actions that are indicative of …

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