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Developmentally Responsive Phonics Instruction: A Research-Based Approach

Recently, I was talking to a group of primary grade teachers after finishing a workshop. They were all very conscientious, but they were also frightened, angry, and distracted by the tenor of recent conversations about phonics  (continue reading)

What To Do In A Phonics Lesson:  5 Research-Based Essentials

Evidence has converged on several important elements of a phonics lesson. Here are 5 research-based essential parts of a phonics lesson.  (continue reading)

On the Podcast: Letter Lessons and First Words with Heidi Anne Mesmer

How does phonics effectively fit within daily classroom instruction? Today on the podcast, we’re joined by author Heidi Anne Mesmer  (continue reading)

What Can Marie Kondo Teach Us About Phonics Instruction?

In addition to using clear language and providing helpful feedback, teachers should be mindful of extra talk in their lessons.  (continue reading)

Building Curiosity Through Phonics

The teaching of phonics is a means to an end. Children need to decode in order to independently read and write. Phonics shouldn’t feel like an interruption or detour away from these authentic experiences. Phonics should be the building of a curiosity.  (continue reading)

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