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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The Keynotes of Roaming Around the Known: Confidence, Ease, Flexibility, & Discovery

It is that time of year again! That mysterious two week period known as Roaming Around the Known (RATK).  To stay true to Marie Clay's intentions for RATK I like to prepare by reading pages 29-34 in Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals, 2nd edition. At the beginning of the RATK section, Clay identifies what she …

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