Have We Gone Intervention Crazy?

In our zeal to support all students in reaching grade-level goals and passing state tests, we may have lost sight of what the most important activities students should engage in while at school.  We have increased the amount of test prep activities, increased the number of assessments given and even increased the number of students …

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Tackling Vowels Within a Complex Theory of Reading

Thank you Maggie @GoReadBooks for suggesting this blog post! As we know, many of the letters in the English language have multiple sounds associated with them. Vowels sounds, in particular, can be quite tricky for some students to learn. My stance is that while learning vowel sounds is important, children should not be held back …

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Don’t Teach Strategies: Searching, Self-correcting & Confirming (part 2)

In part 1 we explored the idea of teaching strategies versus teaching for strategic activity and looked closely at self-monitoring and cross-checking.  In part 2 we will continue to explore the notion of helping our students build an effective processing system. "Decision processes that happen in the head" will serve as my overly simplified definition of …

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Don’t Teach Strategies: Self-monitoring & Cross-checking (part 1)

When teaching children to read it is important that we ask ourselves whether we are teaching strategies to our students or whether we are teaching our students to be strategic readers? You might be wondering what exactly I mean by this? What is the difference? *Just to clarify - I am using the word "strategy" …

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Experiencing the Reading Process as a Novice Reader

Recently, I started the exciting journey of learning the Korean language as well as Hangul, the Korean writing system.  While learning a new language I have had the opportunity to engage in the reading/writing process as a novice reader/writer. Disclaimer:  As a literate adult with a whole lot of experience with reading and writing English, …

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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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Independent Reading: The Necessities

If you read my last post you know that I just finished reading No More Independent Reading Without Support, written by Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss. I highly recommend this book to anybody that wants to understand more about why independent reading is important, why we can not simply have independent reading without explicit teaching, …

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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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