Phoneme Awareness vs Phonics?
The National Institute for Literacy has some good tips for teaching phoneme awareness (being able to identify the separate sounds in words) a critical skill for learning to read. However, they suggest that 20 hours of class time should suffice for teaching phonemic awareness. Since close to 70% of...
Struggling readers do not improve by “silent reading” in class
I was recently sent an article by Jan Hasbrouck in which she discusses reading fluency and the pervasive use of Sustained Silent Reading and Round Robin Reading. These are strategies that teachers are using to develop fluency in struggling readers. She says, “Developing fluency among struggling...