How do I help my students who aren't blending?
Well, hello. Hello. It's Jocelyn here. Welcome to the Structured Literacy Podcast. The place where we discuss everything about structured literacy and the complexity of making it happen in our schools and classrooms. I'd like to begin by paying my respects to the Palawa people of Tasmania and particularly the people of Padaway Burnie, where this episode is recorded.
Today's topic - Questions from our Facebook Group.
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Vocabulary Instruction Made Easy
In a previous post about vocabulary, I discussed how we can choose great Tier 2 words and suggested a couple of ways that we might teach them. You can read that post here.
This week, I’d like to unpack a little more from the absolutely fantastic book, ‘Bringing Words to Life’ and share more about how we can make it all happen in our classrooms.
The first thing to know is that there are three phases to vocabulary instruction.
- Introducing the words
- Working with the words
- Keeping the word…
Choosing the right words for Tier 2 Vocabulary Instruction
In last week’s post I shared with you some key insights from my recent conversations with Margaret McKeown and Pamela Snow. These amazing women very generously gave their time to help all of us better understand what it takes to teach vocabulary and language well. Some of the key messages from these conversations involved the fact that you can’t teach all the words and that there are no set ‘word lists’ to teach from. There have been some academic words lists compiled as guidance around this,…
Vocab Tips from the Experts
You may have heard of my Facebook group, On the Science of Reading Bus. This group explores one of 8 Key Actions of evidence-based reading instruction over a 5 week period and has a focus on learning, sharing and taking action. The current Key Action we are working through is ‘Explicitly teach vocabulary and background knowledge.’
To help give teachers a better understanding of the key actions I interview respected experts and share these interviews in the Facebook group. I recently had the …