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Triple R Teaching

English, Education, 1 season, 185 episodes, 2 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes
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It's time to reignite your passion for teaching! Triple R Teaching provides simple strategies and practical tips for PreK-grade 3 educators. Anna Geiger, M.Ed., will show you how to make small changes to improve how you teach math and literacy. Look forward to episodes about shared reading, guided reading, and other elements of balanced literacy. Expect episodes that will help you implement guided math - from number talks to math centers. Anticipate a series about teaching writing with the writing workshop approach. We’ll dive into spelling, phonics, sight words, and other important topics in early education. Hit subscribe, and get ready to transform your teaching.
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What does research say about oral language?

170: The Big 5 (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) get a lot of attention - but what about oral language? Oral language deserves attention because it is the foundation of both word recognition and language comprehension. In this episode I share a short summary of what research tells us about oral language and reading.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
5/20/20243 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why the science of reading needs the science of learning

169: The science of reading tells us WHAT to teach - but we also need the science of learning. The science of learning tells us HOW to teach - so that our teaching is more effective and efficient.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
5/13/20243 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to differentiate phonics instruction - with Alison Ryan

168: Alison Ryan, author of The Phonics Playbook, explains how to differentiate phonics instruction during whole class lessons and/or during small group lessons. I highly recommend her new book, which breaks this down for busy teachers!Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
5/6/202433 minutes, 36 seconds
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How to give explicit writing instruction in the primary grades - with Sally Bergquist

167: Sally Bergquist is an experienced teacher who has written an explicit, structured writing program for K-2. Listen to learn her tips for getting kids started in kindergarten, gradually building their writing skills throughout the primary grades, and finding the right balance between explicit instruction and practice with feedback.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
4/29/202438 minutes, 39 seconds
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How to understand education research - with Nate Hansford

Nate Hansford, author of The Scientific Principles of Teaching, equips teachers to discern whether or not a study is high-quality, and whether or not to apply its results to their teaching. We follow that by discussing particular pedagogies that research does not support. I highly recommend his book, which takes the mystery out of education research for busy teachers.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
4/22/202433 minutes, 58 seconds
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Teaching students to read longer words - with Dr. Devin Kearns

165: Dr. Devin Kearns explains why popular syllable division methods may not be the most efficient way to teach students to read longer words - and what to consider instead.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
4/15/202440 minutes, 27 seconds
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Integrating vocabulary and writing instruction - with Dr. Lorraine Hammond

164: Dr. Lorraine Hammond describes a whole-school approach to teaching vocabulary and explains how teachers can teach writing at the same time. What a powerful and efficient way to build vocabulary and writing skills!Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
4/8/202445 minutes, 26 seconds
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How to teach sentence comprehension - with Nancy Hennessy

163: When our students struggle with comprehension, it may be that we need to go all the way back to the sentence level. In this episode, Nancy Hennessy discusses many different ways that teachers can help improve students' sentence comprehension. You may want to take notes!Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
4/1/202435 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to scaffold preschoolers' early writing skills - with Dr. Sonia Cabell

162: When you understand the stages of early writing, you're better able to support beginning writers. In this episode, Dr. Sonia Cabell reviews a framework for teachers to evaluate, support, and extend the writing that young children produce. This is a must-listen for preschool and kindergarten teachers!Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
3/25/202431 minutes, 29 seconds
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What should small group instruction look like? with Deedee Wills

161: Deedee Wills was once a kindergarten teacher who trained other teachers to implement guided reading. In today's episode she shares information from her recent Plain Talk presentation, explaining why we need to move away from guided reading and how to give intentional, effective small group instruction to beginning readers.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
3/18/202441 minutes, 9 seconds
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[Listen Again] Teaching word recognition - with Dr. Katie Pace Miles

In this replay of a popular episode, we discuss exactly what's happening when children learn to recognize words - teaching tips included!Click here for this episode's show notes.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
3/11/202437 minutes, 2 seconds
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All about literacy centers - with Christina Winter

160: Unless all your students are at the same skill level (highly unlikely!), you will need to meet with small groups during the school day - even in a structured literacy classroom. But what are the rest of the students doing? Christina Winter walks us through how to choose literacy centers, how to teach students to do them independently, and answers pretty much every question you might have about how to manage this time in your school day.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
3/4/202442 minutes, 58 seconds
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How one university gives its pre-service teachers hands-on training - with Dr. Jodi Nickel

159: Dr. Jodi Nickel shares her journey from balanced to structured literacy, and describes how her university pairs teacher candidates with struggling readers in a successful tutoring program.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
2/26/202435 minutes, 21 seconds
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A case for whole group phonics lessons - with Casey Jergens

158: Kindergarten teacher Casey Jergens shares how and why he teaches a whole group phonics lesson before offering small group instruction. Lots of food for thought!Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
2/19/202434 minutes, 6 seconds
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A special education teacher's journey from balanced to structured literacy: A conversation with Melanie Brethour

157: Special education teacher Melanie Brethour was a balanced literacy teacher until her son struggled to learn to read. As she learned about how to help him overcome dyslexia, she dove into the science of reading and hasn't looked back.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Pre-order my book, Reach All Readers, and get access to my science of reading mini-course - FREE! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
2/12/202430 minutes, 41 seconds
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What does research say about teaching preschoolers? - with Dr. Susan Neuman

156: If you have questions about what the science of reading has to say about preschool, this is the episode for you! Dr. Susan Neuman, early childhood expert and author, discusses what research has to say about play-based learning, developmentally appropriate practice, and building oral language and vocabulary in preschool.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
2/5/202443 minutes, 31 seconds
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The power of spelling inventories - with Dr. Pam Kastner

155: Dr. Pam Kastner walks us through the wonderful complexity of the English language and explains why spelling inventories are a powerful tool for informing instruction.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
1/29/202437 minutes, 46 seconds
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Navigating the complexities of English spelling - with Lyn Stone

154: Lyn Stone helps us navigate the complexities of English spelling in a way that makes sense for students and teachers. We discuss morphology, etymology, tricky spellings, and even get Lyn's opinion on teaching "blends" and syllable types. Enjoy!Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
1/22/202433 minutes, 1 second
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Spelling assessment, syllable types, & intervention - with Dr. Shelley Blackwell

153: Dr. Shelley Blackwell and I discuss all things spelling - from spelling assessment to spelling intervention. We also talk about whether it's useful to teach spelling rules and syllable types.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
1/15/202434 minutes, 9 seconds
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The phases of spelling development - with Dr. Richard Gentry

152: Dr. Richard Gentry, spelling expert, describes the phases of spelling development, lists do's and don'ts for spelling instruction, and explains what to do for children who struggle with spelling.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
1/8/202429 minutes, 26 seconds
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All about teaching English Spelling - with Dr. Louisa Moats

151: What an honor to speak with Dr. Louisa Moats about the English language! She explains why it's so important to teach spelling, why English isn't as irregular as some think, the usefulness and limitation of syllable types, and how to help students who struggle with spelling. Dr. Moats is a treasure!Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
1/1/202436 minutes, 2 seconds
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[Listen Again] All About Phonics - with Wiley Blevins

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoying listening  to my favorite phonics expert, Wiley Blevins!  Wiley Blevins is the author of many practical books about teaching phonics, and in this episode we talked ALL things phonics - from decodable books and syllable types to sound walls and differentiating phonics lessons. This is our most popular episode to date! Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
12/25/202348 minutes, 13 seconds
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[Listen Again] What is set for variability? with Dr. Marnie Ginsberg

This is one of our top three most popular episodes, so let's give it another listen! Set for variability is a skill that readers use to transform a pronunciation error into the correctly decoded form of the word. If you think it sounds important, you're right! Today we learn all about set for variability from Dr. Marnie Ginsberg, creator of Reading Simplified.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
12/18/202325 minutes, 18 seconds
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All about Morphology - with Dr. Deb Glaser

150: Dr. Deb Glaser is an author, educational consultant, and professional development provider with a special interest in morphology. In this episode she defines morphology and explains how to teach it, beginning in kindergarten and moving through the grades.Click here for this episode's show notes.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
12/11/202346 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to use assessment data to inform instruction - with Rachel Beiswanger

149: In today's episode, special education coach Rachel Beiswanger explains how she uses assessment data when deciding what to teach her students. We list screening measures and list specific things you can do if students are scoring below benchmark. I list all the details in the show notes, so be sure to check them out!Click here for this episode's show notes.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
12/4/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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Balancing whole group and small group reading instruction with Dr. Sharon Walpole

148: Dr. Sharon Walpole explains how teachers can balance whole group and small group reading instruction using her free open-access curriculum, Bookworms, and the phonics lessons in her book, How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
11/27/202330 minutes, 30 seconds
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Differentiating with small groups right from the start - with Linda Diamond

147: Linda Diamond explains why it's important to differentiate initial instruction in foundational skills using small-group instruction and a mastery-based approach.Click here for this episode's show notes.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
11/20/202336 minutes, 4 seconds
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How to use assessment data within MTSS - with Dr. Stephanie Stollar

146: Dr. Stephanie Stollar has been supporting schools to use MTSS to improve reading outcomes for more than 25 years. She explains the importance of using screening data to reflect the effectiveness of Tier 1 instruction, how to use assessment data to form differentiated small groups, and how to avoid common mistakes that schools make when implementing MTSS.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
11/13/202333 minutes, 50 seconds
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What is MTSS?

145: I explain how to use MTSS as a framework for implementing the science of reading. We look at four different types of assessment and describe what happens in Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 instruction.Click here for the show notes from this episode.Looking for printable resources that align with the science of reading? Click here to learn more about our popular and affordable membership for PreK through 3rd grade educators.Connect with Anna here! Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter (X)
11/6/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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What does it take to change teachers' minds?

144: Faith Borkowsky is a dynamic literacy leader who understands that patience and love are two key ingredients when it comes to helping teachers become open to learning more about the science of reading. This is the perfect episode for those who feel alone in their science of reading journey - listen and be inspired!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
10/30/202333 minutes, 26 seconds
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[Listen again] Structured literacy in kindergarten: An interview with Kate Winn

Kate Winn is a brilliant teacher who shares how she moved from a balanced to structured approach … and how structured literacy has reignited her passion for teaching!Find the show notes here.
10/23/202333 minutes, 43 seconds
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Why are so many professors reluctant to let go of balanced literacy?

143: Dr. Pam Snow and I discuss why balanced literacy is still taught in colleges and universities in both America and Australia. When you understand the problem, you're in a better position to start solving it!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
10/16/202357 minutes, 9 seconds
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Helping teachers get started with the science of reading: A conversation with Donna Hejtmanek

142: Donna is the founder of the Facebook group, The Science of Reading-What I Should Have Learned in College. She shares what led her to create the group and shares suggestions for people just getting started with the science of reading.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
10/9/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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3 Things to remember about reading fluency

141: Today I'm answering three questions: Can we fast forward our way to fluency? When building fluency, what are the first steps? What does the Oral Reading Fluency assessment actually measure? Get the answers in today's quick episode!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
10/4/20232 minutes, 51 seconds
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A conversation with Emily Hanford

140: I'm so honored that journalist Emily Hanford joined me on the podcast! It was her article "At a Loss for Words" that finally led me to rethink balanced literacy and begin learning about the science of reading. This episode will help you understand why some teachers are so resistant to learning about the science of reading - and Emily's work will help you start the conversation.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
10/2/202336 minutes, 16 seconds
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3 Questions teachers should stop asking (and what to say instead)

139: I learned about these three toxic questions from multilingual author and expert Elizabeth Jiménez Salinas, and I couldn't wait to share them with you! Learn what questions to avoid and what to say instead.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
9/27/20232 minutes, 58 seconds
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Making change at the state level: A conversation with Kristen Wynn

138: A decade ago, Mississippi was ranked 49th in reading. Not anymore! Kristen Wynn, Mississippi's state literacy director, walks us through the steps that brought positive change.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
9/25/202336 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is Shared Reading aligned with the science of reading?

137: Shared Reading has its origins in whole language and balanced literacy. Does it belong in a structured literacy classroom?Click here for the show notes from this episode.
9/20/20236 minutes, 42 seconds
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Making change at the district level: A conversation with Cliff Jones

136: Cliff Jones walks us through how his district shifted from balanced literacy to teaching based on the science of reading. Listen in to find out how all teachers were educated and supported!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
9/18/202322 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to get more students to answer your questions

135: Are you tried of asking a question and seeing only a few hands go up? Here are ways to get everyone to respond!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
9/13/20235 minutes, 52 seconds
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Making change at the school level: A conversation with Reena Mathew

134: Reena Mathew was the reading interventionist at a balanced literacy school. Learn how she helped her school make the switch to the UFLI phonics program. They've had so much success that the program will be implemented across the district!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
9/11/202329 minutes, 3 seconds
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What is cognitive load, and why does it matter?

133: Learn what cognitive load has to do with teaching reading, and discover specific things you can do to avoid overwhelming your students' working memories.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
9/6/20236 minutes, 47 seconds
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[Listen Again] Starting with change at the classroom level: A conversation with Margaret Goldberg

As a former balanced literacy teacher, Margaret Goldberg is a leader in the movement to help ALL students become successful readers. But she had to start small - in her classroom.  I’m sure you’ll love hearing from her as much I enjoyed this interview!Find the show notes here. 
9/4/202337 minutes, 54 seconds
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What structured literacy looks like in first grade

132: Have you ever heard that structured literacy is boring for kids? Not in Gin Quinn-Mooney's first grade classroom! Take a walk through her daily schedule and learn how she uses every minute to keep her students learning!Click here for this episode's show notes.
8/28/202327 minutes, 57 seconds
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Practical ways to promote reading comprehension with Dr. Sharon Vaughn

131: You've heard what NOT to do when it comes to teaching comprehension. But where are the practical ways to promote comprehension in the classroom? Dr. Sharon Vaughn has the answers!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
8/21/202329 minutes, 1 second
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[Listen Again] What did the National Reading Panel say about comprehension?

Is it worth our time to teach reading comprehension strategies? Here’s some food for thought from the National Reading Panel.Find the show notes here.
8/14/20232 minutes, 25 seconds
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7 Mighty Moves with Lindsay Kemeny

130: Today I'm talking with Lindsay Kemeny, author of the brand new book, 7 Mighty Moves. This book is a must-read for any teacher interested in applying the science of reading in K-3! Listen to today's episode to get 7 practical tips you can apply right away.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
8/7/202329 minutes, 22 seconds
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[Listen Again] From balanced to structured literacy: A conversation with Lindsay Kemeny

Lindsay was a fierce balanced literacy advocate … until everything she knew didn’t help her son learn to read. You’ll love hearing how Lindsay educated herself and began tutoring her son, who has severe dyslexia. He’s now a successful, avid reader! Find the show notes here.
7/31/202324 minutes, 54 seconds
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How to spot high quality research: A conversation with Nate Hansford

129: How can a busy teacher spot high quality research? Nate Hansford breaks it all down for us in this informative episode!Click here for this episode's show notes.
7/24/202335 minutes, 3 seconds
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Let's talk sound walls: A conversation with Gina from Get Literacy

128: Everyone's telling us to switch out our word walls for sound walls... but what are sound walls, and how do you use them? Listen in on my conversation with Gina, a first grade teacher whose students love to learn with the help of their sound wall!Click here for this episode's show notes.
7/10/202322 minutes, 41 seconds
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[Listen Again] Getting help for dyslexia: A conversation with Gina from Get Literacy

Today you’ll hear from Gina, who shares both knowledge and laughs on her Instagram account, get_literacy.  Not only will you hear how Gina is implementing the science of reading in her first grade classroom, you’ll discover how she found help for her daughter with dyslexia.  So much goodness in this episode!Find the show notes here.
7/3/202326 minutes, 34 seconds
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Teaching decoding: A conversation with Dr. Julia B. Lindsey

127: In today's conversation with author Julia Lindsey, we discuss how to explicitly teach decoding so that all that phonics knowledge gets put to good use.Click here for this episode's show notes.
6/26/202329 minutes, 24 seconds
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[Listen Again] What does the National Reading Panel have to say about phonics?

“Phonics” may be the most controversial word in the history of teaching reading! What does the research actually say? Today we’ll look at what the National Reading Panel said (and didn’t say) about the teaching of phonics.Find today's show notes here.
6/19/20236 minutes, 27 seconds
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From balanced literacy to The Reading League: A conversation with Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry

126: You'll love this entertaining episode with Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry! Once she was a balanced literacy teacher. Now she's chief academic officer of The Reading League.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
6/12/202336 minutes, 47 seconds
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[Listen Again] My Reaction to Emily Hanford's article, "At a Loss for Words"

When I first read Emily Hanford’s article, “At a Loss for Words,” I felt annoyed, angry and – in the end – dismissive. Years later, I can now say  that reading this article began my journey to discover the science of reading.Find the show notes here.
6/5/202311 minutes, 58 seconds
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How to handle common phonics issues in first grade: A conversation with Jessica Farmer

125: What do you do when kids start the year not knowing all their letters and sounds? What about when you have students who know their sounds but can't blend? And how do you teach students of all different levels in one classroom? You'll love this advice from Jessica Farmer!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
5/29/202321 minutes, 3 seconds
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[Listen Again] A look at small group phonics lessons: A conversation with Jessica Farmer

Learn about Jessica Farmer’s powerful small group phonics lessons – a central piece of her of science of reading-based instruction!Click here for this episode's show notes.
5/22/202320 minutes, 30 seconds
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How to fit phonemic awareness into your phonics lessons

124: This week I'm doing a hot topics collaboration with Melissa & Lori Love Literacy ... and it's all about phonemic awareness! Learn how to fit phonemic awareness into your phonics lessons, and then head over to Melissa & Lori's podcast on Friday to hear an interview with Heggerty's literacy consultant.Click here for this episode's show notes.
5/15/20237 minutes, 22 seconds
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How to add speech to print elements to your phonics instruction

123: Curious about speech to print but not ready to take the plunge? These are simple ways to add speech to print elements to traditional phonics instruction.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
5/8/20236 minutes, 31 seconds
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Print to speech vs. Speech to print: What's the difference? 

This week I'm doing a hot topics collaboration with Melissa & Lori Love Literacy ... and we're starting with two different approaches to teaching phonics: print to speech and speech to print. What's the difference?Click here for the show notes for this episode.
5/1/20237 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rethinking reading comprehension with Brent Conway

121: I had quite a few misunderstandings about reading comprehension when I was a balanced literacy teacher. Today I talk with Brent Conway, a former principal and current superintendent, about how to rethink reading comprehension.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
4/24/202329 minutes, 42 seconds
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Teaching word recognition with Dr. Katie Pace Miles

120: In today's episode we discuss exactly what's happening when children learn to recognize words - teaching tips included!Click here for this episode's show notes.
4/17/202336 minutes, 51 seconds
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All about phonics - with Wiley Blevins

119: Today we get to hear from my favorite phonics expert, Wiley Blevins. He's the author of many practical books about teaching phonics, and today we talk ALL things phonics - from decodable books and syllable types to sound walls and differentiating phonics lessons. You'll love this jam-packed episode!Click here for this episode's show notes.
4/10/202348 minutes, 43 seconds
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What we know about phoneme awareness - with Dr. Susan Brady

118: Phoneme awareness has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years. Dr. Susan Brady helps us sort out the research and make practical applications for teaching.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
4/3/202333 minutes, 30 seconds
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What does research say about alphabet instruction? with Dr. Shayne Piasta

117: Teachers have a lot of opinions about how to teach the alphabet - but what does the research really say? Find out in this conversation with Dr. Shayne Piasta!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
3/27/202324 minutes, 9 seconds
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What is set for variability? A conversation with Dr. Marnie Ginsberg

116: Set for variability is a skill that readers use to transform a pronunciation error into the correctly decoded form of the word. If you think it sounds important, you're right! Today we learn all about set for variability from Dr. Marnie Ginsberg, creator of Reading Simplified.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
3/20/202325 minutes, 3 seconds
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How to help students improve language comprehension - with Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan

114: Today we hear from Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan, a licensed SLP with a doctorate in special education. Listen to find out how SLPs and classroom teachers can help students who struggle with language comprehension.Click here for this episode's show notes.
3/13/202326 minutes, 54 seconds
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What we got wrong (and right) with balanced literacy - a conversation with Dr. Nathaniel Swain

114: Today we hear from Dr. Nathaniel Swain, a teacher, researcher and speech-language pathologist interested in language, literacy, and learning. In this episode we discuss the problems with balanced literacy ... and where to go from here. This was such a fun conversation!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
3/6/202339 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to build oral language fluency - with Martha Kovack

113: We talk a lot about phonemic awareness and phonics - but what about oral language? In this episode we talk about how we can recycle old balanced literacy practices to build oral language fluency.Click here for the show notes from this episode.
2/27/202319 minutes, 12 seconds
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What teachers need to know about DLD - with Martha Kovack

112: We talk a lot about dyslexia. But what about DLD? DLD, or developmental language disorder, interferes with learning, understanding, and using oral language at the sentence level. It's time for teachers to get to know this disorder so they know how to help!Click here for this episode's show notes.
2/20/202318 minutes, 32 seconds
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My response to Jan Richardson and Michele Dufresne, Part 3

111: Jan Richardson is still defending three-cueing. Here's my response.Click here for this episode's show notes.
2/13/202318 minutes, 32 seconds
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My response to Jan Richardson & Michele Dufresne, Part 2

110: In this episode, I respond to Michele Dufresne's defense of using leveled A and B texts in guided reading lessons.Click here for this episode's show notes.
2/6/202317 minutes, 17 seconds
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My response to Jan Richardson & Michele Dufresne, Part 1

Jan Richardson and Michele Dufresne, guided reading gurus, recently shared a presentation in which they stated that the media is misinterpreting the science of reading and giving guided reading a bad rap. Were they correct? Is traditional guided reading worth saving? Here's my reaction to their presentation.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/30/202323 minutes, 1 second
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6 things to remember about the science of reading

108: It's exciting to see enthusiasm around the science of reading and research-based practices. But there are six important things that some people are getting wrong.Click here for this episode's show notes.
1/23/202312 minutes, 7 seconds
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What order should we teach the letters of the alphabet?

107: Should we teach upper or lowercase first? Which letters should come first in the sequence? And what does the research say, anyway? Get the answers in today's episode!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/16/202310 minutes, 50 seconds
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Should we teach letter names or sounds first?

106: When teaching the alphabet, should we teach letter names or sounds first? Everyone seems to have an opinion ... what does the research say?Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/9/20239 minutes
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What to do when you suspect dyslexia: A conversation with Heather O'Donnell

105: What are the signs of dyslexia? What should you do if you suspect it? And how can classroom teachers make sure they teach reading so all children learn? Heather O'Donnell, certified Dyslexia Practitioner, has answers to these questions and more!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
12/12/202221 minutes, 6 seconds
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From balanced literacy to decodable books author: An interview with Elise Lovejoy

104: Like so many of us, Elise Lovejoy began her career as a balanced literacy educator. After throwing herself into research, she created her own decodable books and reading curriculum. Listen to learn more about Express Readers!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
12/5/202217 minutes, 4 seconds
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Structured literacy in kindergarten: An interview with Kate Winn

103: Kate Winn is a brilliant teacher who shares how she moved from a balanced to structured approach ... and how structured literacy has reignited her passion for teaching!Click here for this episode's show notes.
11/28/202234 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to make the most of repeated reading

102: The research is clear: repeated reading builds fluency! In today's quick episode we'll explore best practices for repeated reading ... so you can make the most of it.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/21/20225 minutes, 29 seconds
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How to Implement Reader's Theater: with Dr. Chase Young

101: In today's discussion about fluency, Dr. Chase Young shows us exactly how to implement Reader's Theater in the classroom. You'll love this entertaining episode!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/14/202233 minutes, 11 seconds
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Alternatives to round robin reading

100: The jury is in! Round robin reading simply isn't effective. Try one of these alternatives, and watch your students' oral reading fluency grow!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/7/20227 minutes, 42 seconds
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What does research tell us about reading fluency? A conversation with Dr. Tim Rasinski

099: Dr. Tim Rasinski is an educator, researcher, writer, and director of an award-winning reading clinic. Today he shares what the research tells us about reading fluency - and how to apply this knowledge in artful ways.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
10/31/202235 minutes, 17 seconds
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What to do after administering the ORF: A conversation with Dr. Jan Hasbrouck

098: In this second episode with Dr. Jan Hasbrouck, she shares the origins of the Oral Reading Fluency Norms (imagine compiling this data in the days before computers!). Dr. Hasbrouck also reminds us that the ORF assessment is a thermometer; after administering, it's up to teachers to do more assessment to find the root of the problem.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
10/24/202227 minutes, 25 seconds
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Fluency isn't just about speed: A conversation with Dr. Jan Hasbrouck

097: Today we hear from Dr. Jan Hasbrouck, a writer, consultant and researcher who is full of wisdom about the science of reading - and fluency in particular. In this episode she helps us understand the concept of reading fluency. It's not just about speed!Click here for the show notes from this episode.
10/17/202224 minutes, 34 seconds
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An Introduction to Our Fluency Series

096: We've got an exciting fluency series that's about to begin! Listen to this quick update to find out what's coming next! 
10/10/20221 minute, 25 seconds
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Excellent courses about the science of reading

095: If you're looking for a streamlined way to learn more about the science of reading, check out these online courses that get my stamp of approval!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
10/3/20228 minutes, 25 seconds
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The science of reading in kindergarten

094: Today we get to hear from Stephanie, a kindergarten teacher in Arkansas. Now that she understands the science of reading, she shares exactly how she teaches reading to her kindergartners.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/26/202224 minutes, 22 seconds
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How to give corrective feedback

 093: What's the best response when students misread a word? How can our response be both efficient and helpful? Find out in today's episode! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/19/20226 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to keep your students engaged and listening

092: In today's episode we look at how to elicit frequent responses during your lessons. Not only will this keep your students engaged, but research tells us that it will also help them better master the information!Click here for this episode's show notes.
9/12/20228 minutes, 28 seconds
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The 3 important parts of an explicit lesson

091: Learn the structure of an explicit lesson, and get a free template in the show notes!Click here for this episode's show notes.
9/5/20229 minutes, 11 seconds
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The what and why of explicit instruction

 090: Does the phrase "explicit instruction" make you think of "drill and kill"? The good news is that explicit instruction isn't about boring teaching ... it's about GOOD teaching. Learn exactly what explicit instruction is, and why it's important for student success.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
8/29/20229 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bonus: 33 new episodes plus a science of reading glossary!

Check out our first 33 episodes, which are brand new and now align with the science of reading! You're also invited to check out our new science of reading glossary. It's FREE at this link: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/sorglossary
8/22/20222 minutes, 51 seconds
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Teacher education is life-changing: A conversation with Dr. Wendy Farone

 089: Dr. Wendy Farone has been a classroom teacher, LETRS trainer, educational consultant, and Title 1 reading specialist. Through the years she has learned what really makes the difference ... teacher education. Listen in to find out what she wishes every teacher knew about teaching reading.Click here for this episode's show notes.
8/15/202229 minutes, 45 seconds
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How to be a bridge builder: A conversation with Jan Burkins & Kari Yates

 088: Today we have the privilege of speaking with Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, the authors of the fantastic book, Shifting the Balance: Six Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom.  Listen to find out how to be a bridge builder in your own teaching community! Click here for this episode's show notes.
8/8/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Structured literacy is for everyone: A conversation with Sarah Paul

 087: Today we have the privilege of hearing from Sarah Paul of Sarah's Teaching Snippets. Sarah is a reading interventionist and full of practical, engaging ways to implement structured literacy. Listen in to find meaningful activities you can start doing tomorrow! Click here for this episode's show notes.
8/1/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Becoming a Powerful, Respectful Voice for Change: A Conversation with Margaret Goldberg

 086: As a former balanced literacy teacher, Margaret Goldberg is a leader in the movement to help ALL students become successful readers. Her kind and respectful manner open the door wide open. I'm sure you'll love hearing from her as much I enjoyed this interview!Click here for this episode's show notes.
7/25/202239 minutes, 2 seconds
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Getting Help for Dyslexia: A Conversation with Gina from Get Literacy

Today you'll hear from Gina, who shares both knowledge and laughs on her Instagram account, get_literacy. Not only will you hear how Gina is implementing the science of reading in her first grade classroom, you'll discover how she found help for her daughter with dyslexia. So much goodness in this episode!Click here for this episode's show notes.
7/18/202227 minutes, 36 seconds
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A look at small group phonics lessons: A conversation with Jessica Farmer

084: Learn about Jessica's powerful small group phonics lessons - a central piece of her of science of reading-based instruction!Click here for this episode's show notes.
7/11/202220 minutes, 42 seconds
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It's all about taking gradual steps: A conversation with Lindsay Kemeny

 Lindsay was a fierce balanced literacy advocate ... until everything she knew didn't help her son learn to read. You'll love hearing how Lindsay educated herself and began tutoring her son, who has severe dyslexia. He's now a successful, avid reader!  Click here for this episode's show notes.
6/27/202225 minutes, 52 seconds
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You're not alone: A conversation with Heidi Jane

082: In this episode I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Heidi Jane, who has blown up Instagram and TikTok with her incredible science of reading content. Listen in to learn about Heidi's journey and the safe space she's created for teachers to keep learning about this important subject.Click here for this episode's show notes.
6/20/202223 minutes, 36 seconds
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Just start with one thing: A conversation with Christina Winter

081: In this episode I had the joy of meeting Christina Winter, a brilliant educator with a heart for helping teachers. Get Christina's best advice for getting started with the science of reading!Click here for this episode's show notes.
6/13/202218 minutes, 24 seconds
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It's all about the kids: A conversation with Savannah Campbell

080: In this episode I have the privilege of chatting with Savannah Campbell from Campbell Creates Readers. She shares her journey from balanced to structured literacy and helps us put it all in the proper perspective.Click here for this episode's show notes.
6/6/202231 minutes, 36 seconds
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An Introduction to our Balanced to Structured Literacy Interview Series

079: Beginning next week I'm sharing a ten-week interview series! We'll be learning what led prominent educators to transition from a balanced to structured approach. Along the way we'll get helpful tips for teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, and more. Stay tuned!Click here for this episode's show notes.
5/30/20223 minutes, 38 seconds
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Should we use running records?

078: In today's episode we'll talk about why the running record isn't the useful tool I once thought it was. We'll also share resources you can use instead ... and what to do if your school still requires that you use running records.Click here for this episode's show notes.
5/23/202212 minutes, 23 seconds
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Answers to FAQ's about our online course, Teaching Every Reader

Bonus Episode: The doors to Teaching Every Reader are open through May 23! Get answers to frequently asked questions about our comprehensive reading course for K-2 educators. 
5/16/20227 minutes, 50 seconds
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Four simple ways to bring the science of reading into K-2

Bonus Episode: Learn four simple ways to bring the science of reading into K-2! Becky Spence and I will be sharing a free live workshop on May 16 or 17. To learn more and save your space, visit this link!
5/9/20221 minute, 37 seconds
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Whole class vocabulary activities to make those words STICK

 077: These simple activities will help your students make new words part of their expressive vocabulary ... and they take just a few minutes each! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
5/2/20229 minutes, 22 seconds
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A simple template for reading comprehension lessons

 076: So - you're reading an on-grade-level text with the whole class. How can you make this reading comprehension lesson interesting, engaging, and useful for ALL your students? Today's episode will give you a simple template you can follow to make these lessons a success!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/25/202210 minutes, 3 seconds
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6 ways to build fluency

075: Without fluency, our students will struggle to comprehend what they read. Here are six ways to build fluency in a variety of settings. Let me know if you try the last one! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/18/202215 minutes, 25 seconds
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6 strategies for reading multisyllable words

 074: Do you have students who struggle to read longer words? These six strategies will give you the tools you need to help.  #4 is my favorite! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/11/202210 minutes, 55 seconds
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5 ways to build the alphabetic principle

073: The alphabetic principle is the understanding that printed letters represent sounds - it sounds simple, but not all kids grasp this concept. Without it, they can't learn to read! Here are five simple ways to build the alphabetic principle. Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/4/202211 minutes, 8 seconds
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How to keep the rest of the class learning while you meet with small groups

Keep the rest of the class busy AND learning with these easy-prep, effective literacy center ideas!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/28/20229 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to plan and teach small group phonics lessons

 071: How should you form your phonics groups? How often should you meet with each group? What specific activities should you include in your lessons? We've got the answers in this week's episode! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/21/202213 minutes, 9 seconds
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What phonics skills should students learn in each grade?

 070: In this episode I share the phonics skills we should teach by grade level. Do you agree with how I break it down? Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/14/202217 minutes, 28 seconds
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What you need to know about Orton-Gillingham

#069: What IS Orton-Gillingham anyway? Is it backed by research? What do critics have to say? We'll answer these questions and more in today's episode.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/7/202219 minutes, 49 seconds
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What does phonics have to do with reading comprehension?

 #068: What does phonics have to do with comprehension? A lot! We lay it all out in this episode.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
2/28/20227 minutes, 20 seconds
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Do's and don'ts for teaching phonics

067: Should we teach letter sounds before letter names? Do kids need to learn syllable division rules? We'll examine it all in this episode, the first in our new series about teaching phonics.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
2/21/202216 minutes, 21 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #10: Do Fountas and Pinnell REALLY want teachers to educate themselves?

066: Fountas and Pinnell claim that administrators need to prioritize ongoing professional learning for teachers. But what happens when these teachers find out that what they're learning contradicts Fountas and Pinnell's approach?Click here for the show notes for this episode.
2/14/20226 minutes, 3 seconds
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Response to Fountas & Pinnell #9: Do teachers know best?

065: Fountas and Pinnell tell us that no literacy program can take the place of a teacher's expertise. And they're right! But expertise comes from knowledge, and that knowledge is not innate. In this episode I'll share online courses that will improve your understanding of the science of reading.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
2/7/202211 minutes, 25 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #8: Is structured literacy responsive?

 Fountas and Pinnell are proud to describe their approach as responsive; rather than follow a script, they make observations and tailor their instruction to meet individual needs. They insinuate that more structured programs don't allow teachers to adjust for individual students. Is that a correct assumption? Is structured literacy responsive?Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/31/20229 minutes, 19 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #7: Do Fountas and Pinnell promote "balanced literacy?"

 063: Fountas and Pinnell are steering clear of the label "balanced literacy." But should they? Do they deserve the label? Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/24/20226 minutes, 15 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #6: You can teach phonics AND language comprehension

 #062: Fountas and Pinnell caution against focusing "only on accuracy and decoding." If we do that, they say, students may not understand that what they read must make sense. But the science of reading community doesn't advocate phonics alone. Far from it! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/17/202211 minutes, 9 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #5: Here's why you SHOULD use decodable books

061: Fountas and Pinnell aren't moving when it comes to decodable books. They believe these books are contrived and that decodable books teach children that their reading doesn't have to make sense. But decodable books are exactly what our beginning readers SHOULD be reading. Here's why.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/10/202215 minutes, 19 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #4: Here are the problems with guided reading

 For Fountas and Pinnell, guided reading is the key piece of the reading block. But there are some problems with the guided reading approach in K-2.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/3/20228 minutes, 39 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #3: Yes, you ARE teaching guessing

059: No one likes to admit they're teaching kids to guess at words, but that's exactly what's happening when we teach beginning readers to use three-cueing. This short episode explains the connection.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
12/20/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #2: Fountas and Pinnell are wrong about three-cueing

058: Despite the lack of evidence for three-cueing, Fountas and Pinnell aren't budging. In this episode I respond to their recent blog post in which they claim that we must help students use multiple sources of information to solve words.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
12/13/202115 minutes, 17 seconds
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Reaction to Fountas & Pinnell #1 - But you CAN have conversations about the science of reading

 057: Fountas and Pinnell tell us they're staying out of the current debate about teaching reading because it isn't productive. But there ARE safe, sane places to discuss the current research. Tune in to learn more! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
12/6/20218 minutes, 55 seconds
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Introducing a new series: Reacting to Fountas and Pinnell

#056: Fountas and Pinnell are big names in the field of literacy education. But for years they've been accused of advocating methods that do not align with reading research. Fountas and Pinnell have finally responded to this criticism in a 10-part blog series called "Just to Clarify." This episode is the introduction to a 10-part series in which I respond to their blogs, one by one. It's my first "reaction" series, and I'm excited! I hope you are too. Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/29/20216 minutes, 58 seconds
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A simple process for teaching sight words

#055: We've learned that teaching students to memorize sight words as wholes isn't the way to go. But what should we do instead? This episode will walk you through a simple process for teaching sight words.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/22/20218 minutes, 57 seconds
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The most important thing to remember when teaching sight words

#054: There's a lot of misinformation out there about teaching sight words. In this episode, we boil it down to the MOST important thing to get right.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/15/202110 minutes, 27 seconds
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4 Common Misconceptions about Teaching Sight Words

#053: Should we use the Dolch grade-level lists to help us decide which sight words to teach? Should we teach our students to memorize sight words as wholes? And should beginning reading instruction START with sight words? Get answers to these questions and more as we look at common misconceptions surrounding the teaching of sight words.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/8/202112 minutes, 17 seconds
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Science of Reading Q & A #2

#052: What should you do with all your leveled books? Is there any place for them in a science of reading classroom? What should you do when students just can't master their short vowel sounds? When do you move on? And what about assessing struggling readers? Should you use Fountas & Pinnell's benchmark assessment to find their reading level? Get answers to these questions and more in this science of reading Q & A episode! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/1/202112 minutes, 28 seconds
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Science of Reading Q & A: #1

#51: This past week Becky Spence and I shared a video workshop about the science of reading. Because of some technical difficulties, we weren't able to do our question and answer session live. Here are answers to questions submitted after the webinar. More to come next week!Click here for the show notes.
10/11/202111 minutes, 43 seconds
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SOR Bootcamp #6: How to structure the reading block in a science of reading classroom

#050: Now that we've laid a strong foundation, it's time to apply the science of reading to your daily instruction. This episode will show you how to use what you've learned to schedule a powerful reading block that will meet the needs of all your students. Share this 6-week podcast series with friends who want to learn more about the science of reading. Also check out our online course, Teaching Every Reader! It opens for enrollment on October 4, 2021. Get the details here.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
10/4/202114 minutes, 30 seconds
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SOR Bootcamp #5: What does research say about the Big 5?

#049: We know that the science of reading isn't a curriculum, a fad, or a pendulum swing. It's a body of research. So what does this research tell us about the Big 5? What does the science of reading have to say about phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary? In this episode we'll examine the research and make practical applications to our teaching. Share this 6-week podcast series with friends who want to learn more about the science of reading. Also check out our online course, Teaching Every Reader! It opens for enrollment on October 4, 2021. Get the details here.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/27/202124 minutes, 51 seconds
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SOR Bootcamp #4: What IS structured literacy, anyway?

#048: Structured literacy is all the rage these days, but what exactly is it? Today we'll discuss the HOW and the WHAT of structured literacy. Share this 6-week podcast series with friends who want to learn more about the science of reading. Also check out our online course, Teaching Every Reader! It opens for enrollment on October 4, 2021. Get the details here.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/20/20218 minutes, 19 seconds
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SOR Bootcamp #3: The Simple View of Reading and Scarborough's Reading Rope

#047: If you study the science of reading, it won't be long until you hear mentions of the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough's Reading Rope. What are they? And what do they have to do with how we teach reading? Today's episode will answer those questions. Share this 6-week podcast series with friends who want to learn more about the science of reading. Also check out our online course, Teaching Every Reader! It opens for enrollment on October 4, 2021. Get the details here.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/13/202110 minutes, 3 seconds
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SOR Bootcamp #2: How we read and remember words

#046: Orthographic mapping is one of the key concepts in the science of reading, but it can feel a little confusing at first. It's all about how we read and remember words, and this episode breaks it down into easy-to-understand language. Share this 6-week podcast series with friends who want to learn more about the science of reading! Also check out our online course, Teaching Every Reader! It opens for enrollment on October 4, 2021. Get the details here.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/6/20219 minutes, 11 seconds
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SOR Bootcamp #1: 3 Reasons why there's so much disagreement around the science of reading

#045: We're starting a science of reading bootcamp! Share this 6-week podcast series with friends who want to learn more. In today's episode we define "science of reading" and explore why there's so much disagreement around this topic. Also check out our online course, Teaching Every Reader! It opens for enrollment on October 4, 2021. Get the details here.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
8/30/202117 minutes, 37 seconds
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Books to read on your science of reading journey

#044: This concludes our official science of reading series, but there's a lot more to learn! Check out my top recommendations for books that will help you understand the science AND apply it to your classroom. Also check out our online course, Teaching Every Reader! It's open for enrollment through May 10, 2021. Get the details here.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
5/3/202113 minutes, 18 seconds
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3 Science of reading myths debunked

#043: I fought the idea of structured literacy for a long time, and it's because I believed these three myths about the science of reading. How about you? Listen to find out how we can debunk these three common misunderstandings.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/26/202116 minutes, 54 seconds
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What's the difference between balanced and structured literacy?

#042: It’s time to take a good look at what we’re doing when we teach children to read. I considered myself a “balanced literacy” teacher for many years. It’s the approach I learned in graduate school, the approach I used as a classroom teacher, and the approach I (used to) teach on my website and in my online course.However, after a great deal of research into the science of reading, I now see things differently. I now advocate a structured literacy approach to reading instruction.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/19/202116 minutes, 51 seconds
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Do's and don'ts for using decodable texts with beginning readers

#041: For years I thought that decodable texts were a necessary evil ... I thought they were boring, stilted, and nonsensical.  Now I know that quality decodable books are vital for helping young learners build a strong foundation. The good news is that there are many wonderful decodable books, and more are being published all the time. Listen to find out my top tips for choosing and using decodable books.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/12/202122 minutes, 44 seconds
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Should you use leveled or decodable books?

#040: Leveled books are predictable books with strong picture support. Decodable books feature words whose sound-spelling patterns have been explicitly taught. Which are best for beginning readers?Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/22/202114 minutes, 10 seconds
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What's wrong with three-cueing?

#039: I never thought I'd be sharing an episode about what's wrong with three-cueing. After all, I've spent decades prompting kids to think about what makes sense, sounds right, and looks right when solving words! Listen to find why I (finally) changed my approach.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/15/202115 minutes, 31 seconds
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What the science of reading is based on

There are a lot of questions about what the science of reading truly is. Is it from a journalist? Is the science brand-new? How do we know that we can trust it? In today's episode I'll share the particulars! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/8/202117 minutes, 7 seconds
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A simple look at how the brain learns to read

#037: How exactly does the brain learn to read ... and why should teachers even care? In today's episode I simplify the science and share exactly why this understanding is important for K-2 teachers. Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/1/202111 minutes, 3 seconds
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My reaction to the article that reignited the reading wars

#036: When I first read Emily Hanford's article, "At a Loss for Words," I felt annoyed, angry and - in the end - dismissive. I've read the article many times since, and now my reaction is quite the opposite. Listen to find out what's changed!Click here for the show notes to this episode.
2/22/202113 minutes, 19 seconds
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What are the reading wars?

#035: As we begin our discussion about the science of reading, we need to look back at the history of teaching reading in the United States. What exactly are the reading wars, and when did they begin? Where are we today? Join us for a brief and lively history of the debate. Click here for the show notes to this episode.
2/15/202116 minutes, 58 seconds
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Introducing our science of reading podcast series

#034: I've been poring over the science of reading research, and I'm making shifts in how I approach teaching reading. You're invited to join me on this exciting journey!Click here for the show notes to this episode.
2/8/20218 minutes, 18 seconds
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Did you know?

033: If you're enjoying this podcast, listen to this quick episode to learn where else you can find me! 
2/1/20212 minutes, 18 seconds
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My best kept secret

032: Did you know that my affordable membership site will help you apply the science of reading to your teaching? Listen to this quick episode to find out what's included! 
1/25/20211 minute, 44 seconds
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Favorite science of reading authors

031: Have you ever bought a book about teaching reading - only to find out that it doesn't align with what you know to be true based on the science? Here are some authors you can trust! Click here for the show notes to this episode.
1/18/20214 minutes, 4 seconds
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Best books about teaching phonics

030: Looking to build your science of reading library? Here are my favorite books about teaching phonics! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/11/20213 minutes, 45 seconds
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Answers to decodable book FAQ's

029: Why should we use decodable books? Who should be reading them? For how long? Get answers to these questions and more in today's episode!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
1/4/20217 minutes, 25 seconds
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Must-watch science of reading YouTube channels

027: Looking for free professional development? Here are my favorite YouTube channels for learning about the science of reading.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
12/14/20204 minutes, 42 seconds
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What every teacher should know about dyslexia

027: Do you suspect that one of your students has dyslexia? Here's what every teacher should know about this common learning disability! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
12/7/20207 minutes, 8 seconds
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Common misconceptions about dyslexia

 026: Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, yet many people know very little about it – dyslexia myths abound! We're busting 12 of them in today's episode.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/30/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to use a sound wall to teach new phonemes and graphemes

025: So you have a sound wall. Now what? In today's episode you'll learn how to use it to teach new phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letter or letters that represent sounds).Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/23/20204 minutes, 54 seconds
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5 things to remember when getting started with a sound wall

024: So you're thinking of adding a sound wall to your classroom ... amazing! Here are five things to keep in mind.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/16/20203 minutes, 59 seconds
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What's a sound wall ... and do you really need one?

023: Sound walls are all the rage in the science of reading world ... but what are they exactly? Are they a must-have? Get the answers in today's episode! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/9/20204 minutes, 13 seconds
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Comprehension quick win

022: Today's episode is a quick reminder about the difference between comprehension processes and products ... and why it matters! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
11/2/20203 minutes, 19 seconds
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Vocabulary quick win

021: "Example/Non-Example" is an easy way to help your students nail down new vocabulary words. Listen in so you can add this trick to your toolbox! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
10/26/20203 minutes, 56 seconds
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Fluency quick win

020: Here's how to boost your students' morphological awareness so they can read longer words and improve their reading fluency at the same time! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/30/20205 minutes, 6 seconds
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Phonics quick win

019: In today's quick win episode, we'll walk through an explicit, multisensory method for introducing a new letter with its sound.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/14/20206 minutes, 2 seconds
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Phonological awareness quick win

018: Today begins a 5-part series with short, actionable episodes about the Big 5. Up first: phonological awareness!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
9/7/20204 minutes, 40 seconds
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How to organize a K-2 classroom library

017: Are you moving away from a leveled classroom library but aren't sure how to organize your books? These tips will help! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
6/1/20206 minutes, 3 seconds
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More great decodable book series

016: On the hunt for more decodable books for your classroom? If you have some room in your budget, these are my top picks!Click here for the show notes for this episode.
5/25/20204 minutes, 44 seconds
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The best decodable book series for a tight budget

015: Do you want to build a decodable book library but find yourself limited by your budget? Here are the best decodable book series to purchase when funds are tight! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
5/18/20205 minutes, 37 seconds
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What makes a high quality decodable book?

014:  It used to be that we had very few options when it came to decodable books. But times are changing, and new decodable books are published all the time. How do you separate the good from the bad? Make sure your decodable books have these four qualities.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
5/11/20205 minutes
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Science of reading-aligned literacy centers

013: You need to keep your students engaged while you teach small groups. But how? What literacy centers are best for a science of reading classroom? We've got you covered with five simple center ideas.  Click here for this episode's show notes.
4/27/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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Can the Daily 5 and the science of reading coexist?

#012: The Daily 5 is a popular framework for managing literacy centers in primary classrooms. Can teachers committed to the science of reading keep using the Daily 5? Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/20/20205 minutes, 27 seconds
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Should we teach sight words to preschoolers?

011: What should be the first step when teaching preschoolers to read? Should we jump right to sight words? Or should we avoid them altogether? Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/13/20208 minutes, 58 seconds
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More books about the science of reading

010: Ready to read some more meaty books about the science of reading? Try these! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
4/6/20204 minutes, 54 seconds
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Easy books to get you started with the science of reading

009: Ready to start learning about the science of reading? Here are some books to get you started! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/30/20204 minutes, 23 seconds
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4 things you can do to get started with the science of reading

008:  Does learning about the science of reading feel overwhelming? Here are four simple things you can do to get started! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/23/20204 minutes, 37 seconds
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What we can we learn about comprehension from the National Reading Panel?

007: Is it worth our time to teach reading comprehension strategies? Here's some food for thought from the National Reading Panel. Click here for the show notes for this episode.
3/15/20203 minutes, 3 seconds
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Vocabulary and the National Reading Panel

006:  Our students learn at least 3000 words a year ... we can't possibly teach them that many words through direct instruction. So should we even bother? The National Reading Panel has the answer! Click here for this episode's show notes.
3/9/20203 minutes, 49 seconds
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What do we learn about fluency from the National Reading Panel?

005: Fluency used to be a neglected skill, but now we know that fluency must be explicitly taught. The question is ... how? Click here for this episode's show notes.
3/2/20205 minutes, 23 seconds
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What did the National Reading Panel say about teaching phonics?

004: "Phonics" may be the most controversial word in the history of teaching reading! What does the research actually say? Today we'll look at what the National Reading Panel said (and didn't say) about the teaching of phonics.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
2/24/20206 minutes, 37 seconds
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What did the National Reading Panel say about phonemic awareness? 

003: What does the research have to say about phonemic awareness? In today's episode we'll look closely at what the NRP learned through its meta-analysis. Click here for the show notes for this episode.
2/17/20206 minutes, 37 seconds
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What was the National Reading Panel?

002: Would you like to know what the research REALLY says? The National Reading Panel spent three years studying hundreds of studies ... and its report is something every teacher should be familiar with! We're kicking off a 5-week series sharing the key recommendations from the panel's findings.Click here for the show notes for this episode.
2/8/20205 minutes, 51 seconds
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What IS the science of reading?

001: "The science of reading" - you hear about it everywhere! Is it a fad, a curriculum, or possibly even a political agenda? Short answer: No, no, and no. Get the facts in this quick and powerful episode! Click here for the show notes for this episode.
2/7/20207 minutes, 4 seconds
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Welcome to Triple R Teaching!

#000 - Meet Anna Geiger, M.Ed., an educator and mom of six. Learn how this podcast will help you reflect, refine, and recharge!
2/7/20208 minutes, 19 seconds