Practical Classroom Solutions
Books That Inspire Kids to Become Readers
Literacy coaching and consulting, engaging fiction and nonfiction, author visits, writing workshops & more!
Effective Tier I Instruction Can Prevent Reading Difficulties
I'm happy to once again be teaching students and working with teachers in schools. This winter I'm focused on helping teachers (grades 1-6) get small groups up and running, program for supported independent reading and writing, and refine their teaching techniques. Over the months, I'm modeling techniques, strategies, and activities, as well as coaching teachers and providing feedback. Our mantra is read-read-read and write-write-write and our mission is to build and strengthen classroom instruction so that all learners thrive.
Where the Science of Reading Meets Classroom Practice
My latest teacher resource book, built solidly upon the science of reading, begins with how the brain learns to read and why deficits and difficulties in processing areas can lead to reading difficulties. The book then quickly segues into easy to implement and highly effective Tier 1 instructional practices that help prevent reading difficulties for many children, preK to grade 3. Included in seven chapters are dozens of effective and practice activities, strategies, and routines in the areas of language comprehension, phonology, orthography, and the extended reading of all types of text. Hope you will visit the place where the science of reading meets the art of teaching readers!