The Science of Reading

What is the Schwa, and How Do I Teach It?

What is the Schwa? “Schwa” is such a funny sounding word to describe what’s actually the most common vowel sound in the English language. It may be common, but it’s not always well understood by elementary teachers.  So what is it, anyway? According to the Oxford Language Dictionary, it’s “the

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sound wall

Replacing the Word Wall with a Sound Wall

Teaching the phonemes is essential in order to help students develop orthographic mapping. Following up with my last post about this, this next post includes a strategy you can use to explicitly teach the phonemes. Introducing… the sound wall!

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The Science of Reading

The Science of Reading

I had the pleasure of attending the Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning conference in New Orleans, where I witnessed literacy heroes present on current research. What I learned there and what I continue to learn through my own exploration has expanded my understanding of the science of reading and how to teach children to read.

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