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August 16. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/16/2016

Effective teaching begins with what we know about learners and their literacy. Continual observations of what students do as readers and writers provide the best evidence of learning.

August 15. 2016

The Art and Science of Responsive Literacy Teaching

by Irene Fountas

What really matters for each child in his journey of reading development is your response to his attempts to process a text. When you respond precisely to the reader’s observable behaviors, you can meet the child where he is and lead him forward.

Clay helped us understand that when we notice and build on a reader’s strengths instead of targeting deficits, our teaching can be highly effective in building the student’s agency and independence. Each child’s response is often not simply right or wrong but “partially correct” (Clay, 300-301).  For example when a child reads “stairs” for “steps,” he made a meaningful attempt that fits the syntax and has letters that look similar. It is too simplistic to say it is wrong. More...

August 9. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/09/2016

When reading is viewed as thinking, students bring their voices to every text and benefit from the voices expressed by the myriad of authors before them.