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The 7 Deadly Errors of Teaching Reading

There’s a wrong way to teach reading and, unfortunately, it’s also the most popular way.So, if you’ve ever committed these teaching errors, don’t worry, you’re not alone.I’ve been there, too.I was shocked when I realized that many teacher prep courses and even professional development classes are teaching reading methods not supported by science.If you’re reading this blog and find yourself surprised or even defensive at these “errors,” please take a moment to step back, take a deep breath, and use it as a springboard to start your journey into learning more about the science of reading.Instead of feeling denial, guilt, or anger…I encourage you to simply learn more and do better. Deadly Error #1: 3-Cueing Strategies (aka the Beanie Baby Reading Strategies)
I know they’re cute and cuddly. I know everyone uses them. I know you’ve scoured dozens of thrift stores to finally complete your set.But there is actually no research to support these “Beanie Baby Strategies.”You heard that right.…

How To CoronaSchool in Kindergarten

Teachers around the world are quickly having to figure out how to deliver instruction online.  The past week has been a whirlwind of emotions for me.  Things have not been easy and, yes, tears have been shed.  I'm still trying to figure out how to handle the stress of creating daily lessons for my 27 kindergartners, while also providing and organizing the instruction of my own 4 children.  And just when I thought things couldn't get worse, we had a 5.7 earthquake on Wednesday morning, the first official day of remote learning in my district.  My house was swaying, my daughter was crying...and then I had to go in to my school, nervous and unsure where the day would go.

But I'm happy to say that I have come up with a plan for online learning for my students.  I would love to share what I'm doing in case it helps any of you.  Please be kind in your critiques...things won't be even close to perfect...and my instruction won't be as comprehensive as normal.

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