Deeply Analyzing Tolds is a Game Changer

I have been very excited to write this post because I have seen a significant difference in the effectiveness of my teaching by analyzing my students' Tolds.  I have recently read and looked at resources regarding giving students a Told during their running record. I have been taking running records for 20+ years and know …

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M Is Not For Picture Clues

"Within the complex view of reading, decoding and processing text for understanding are taught simultaneously because authentic text does not exist without meaning, structure and visual information. "

Setting Students up for Fluent Reading

Supporting our students with becoming fluent readers is vital to improving their comprehension of texts.  Our job is to help our readers use appropriate intonation, pay attention to punctuation marks, and read words together in meaning phases.  We do not want our readers to sound like reading is a lot of laborious work. Fluency will …

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Helping Our Students Become Efficient, Capable, and Competent Writers

As Reading Recovery teachers, we work with students who have a wide range of writing abilities.  Some of our students may be using pictures or symbols to record their messages while other students are able to say words slowly and record some of the sounds they hear.  No matter where our students start, we work …

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The Role of Visual Perception in Word Learning

"He can't remember any of the words that I have taught him!" This is a common concern that I hear about struggling readers. We understand the importance of a child having an increasing bank of known words.  A teacher should be concerned about a child who is struggling with word learning. What we might want …

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Reading Teachers: helping students take responsibility & embrace mistakes

In our role as literacy interventionists, we often work with students who are afraid of failure. Many of our students lack a sense of agency because they have experienced repeated failures. " Student agency" can be described as a student taking an active role in his/her learning. When students do not feel a sense of …

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Reading Recovery: The Importance of Notetaking

Lesson records are a vital piece of our planning during a Reading Recovery series of lessons. In her article, What Do Lesson Records Have to Do with Effective Reading Recovery Teaching?, Sharan Gibson explains that the purpose of lesson records is "to ensure that our instruction is tailored to each student's needs" (p. 24). Detailed and …

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Growing Known Writing Vocabulary

Supporting the growth of our students' writing vocabulary sets the stage for a greater chance of accelerated progress and future success after being discontinued from Reading Recovery. One reason a strong writing vocabulary is important is that it helps to boost a child's reading vocabulary. These known words also lend themselves to links for the …

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