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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?"

Most Valued Virtual Resources: Teaching Reading Groups or 1:1 Reading Lessons

Like many other educators, being thrown into the world of virtual teaching sent me on a roller coaster of emotions. Teaching in "emergency mode" and making sure that my own two children were doing okay emotionally and academically was challenging to say the least. Now that the school year has come to an end and …

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Teachers Cannot Teach Independence

In Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals (2016), Marie Clay writes that teachers do not need to know how to teach students independence and that we in fact cannot teach a child independence (p. 41). Instead, through less teacher talk, more observing, and careful book selections we can set students up for independently initiating their own …

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