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This is the Reading Teachers Lounge where listeners can eavesdrop on professional conversations between elementary reading teachers. We are passionate about literacy and strive to find strategies to reach all learners. Shannon and Mary are neighbors who realized that they were “literacy soul sisters” at a dinner in their Atlanta neighborhood. Once they started chatting about reading they haven’t really stopped. Come join the conversation.

This is the Reading Teachers Lounge where listeners can eavesdrop on professional conversations between elementary reading teachers. We are passionate about literacy and strive to find strategies to reach all learners. Shannon and Mary are neighbors who realized that they were “literacy soul sisters” at a dinner in their Atlanta neighborhood. Once they started chatting about reading they haven’t really stopped. Come join the conversation.
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This is the Reading Teachers Lounge where listeners can eavesdrop on professional conversations between elementary reading teachers. We are passionate about literacy and strive to find strategies to reach all learners. Shannon and Mary are neighbors who realized that they were “literacy soul sisters” at a dinner in their Atlanta neighborhood. Once they started chatting about reading they haven’t really stopped. Come join the conversation.

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Episodes

Students Need Systematic, Explicit Phonics - ILA says so!

9/12/2019
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Mary discusses a brief that has been put out by the International Literacy Association that shares information about how phonics instruction must be systematic and explicit as part of an overall efficient, effective, and timely reading curriculum. Resource Links: Education Week July 18, 2019 Influential Reading Group Makes it Clear: Students Need Systematic, Explicit PhonicsBrief from ILA Meeting the Challenges of Early Phonics InstructionHard Words Why Aren't Kids Being Taught to Read...

Duration:00:30:57

Back to School

9/5/2019
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This is the beginning of season 2! Shannon and Mary catch up about what they have been up to during the summer and how they're getting ready for the new school year. Resource Links: SMART Goals (lol)Fundations Phonics Programour Sight Words Episodeour Short Vowels episodeour Long Vowels episodeour R-Controlled Vowels episodeour Vowel Teams episodeour Syllables episodeour Phonemic Awareness episodeKindergarten activities for books about different colors Follow Us: Our Revised...

Duration:00:28:16

Hands On Learning in the Summer

5/16/2019
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Are you ready for summer? We can't wait to play with our kids! Mary and Shannon have compiled some resources for hands-on summer play to practice important reading skills outside of the classroom. Resource Links: What Mom's Love blog with 101 ideas to encourage learning with chalkLetter Sounds (Beginning, Middle, Ending sound Or or Sight Word with a spray bottle)Pool Noodle games - CVC stack and knock over the rings Jumping Rope games with rhymes! :) Anna Banana Sight Word Soccer - label...

Duration:00:38:40

Necessary Phonics Lessons

5/9/2019
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We share some of the unexpected phonics lessons that students need that aren't always obvious in the curriculum guides. These important and necessary phonics lessons are essential in phonics instruction. Resource Links: How To Teach Spelling by Laura Toby Rudginsky and Elizabeth C. HaskellEmily Gibbon's of The Literacy Nest Spelling Generalizations Bundle The Orton Gillingham Educators' GuideMake Take Teach FLoSZ posterGentle Cindy anchor chartFCRR Student Activities3 sounds of edThe K or...

Duration:00:23:48

Facilitating Digital Learning

5/2/2019
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Shannon and Mary share how to facilitate digital assignments in the reading classroom. We go into detail about using Moby Max, Imagine Learning, and Boom Learning with students. Resource Links: Digital Assignments Sheet Cult of Pedagogy Podcast - Check Your Tech: 6 StrategiesBoom LearningImagine LearningMoby MaxLexiaAmplifyNessyLanguage LiveEpic Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Shannon's TpT Store

Duration:00:36:57

Teacher Jargon Defined: Phoneme and Grapheme

4/25/2019
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Shannon and Mary review the terms phoneme and grapheme. They're important terms to understanding the connections between letters and sounds. Resource Links: Phonics they Use Words for Reading and Writing by Patricia CunninghamPhonics A-Z by Wiley BlevinsPhonemes, Graphemes, and Letters: The Word Burger44 Phonemes in English Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Shannon's TpT Store

Duration:00:06:42

Improving Encoding Instruction

4/18/2019
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Shannon and Mary discuss a professional article, "Why Phonics Teaching Must Change" published in Educational Leadership, September, 2008 by Jeannine Herron. They talk about a different approach to teaching students to read. What if we focus more on encoding rather than starting with decoding? Resource Links: Article: Why Phonics Instruction Must Change Encoding, Decoding, and Understanding the Print LanguageTeaching Encoding and DecodingEquipped for Reading Success by David...

Duration:00:38:32

Preschool Literacy

4/11/2019
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Shannon and Mary talk about pre-reading skills and other school readiness skills that students need before going to Kindergarten. They interview Emily Howland, a pre-school educator about important early literacy skills and language development. Resource Links: All About Learning - Motivation to Read 10 Tips for PreschoolersConscious Discipline - Social/Emotional curriculumPlay based curriculum Types of preschool programming Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Shannon's TpT Store

Duration:00:36:41

Teacher Jargon Defined: Executive Functioning

4/4/2019
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Executive Functioning is a term being thrown around a lot in schools today. We break down what this term means and why it's important for educators to understand it. We discuss the importance of teaching these essential life-long skills. Resource Links: Executive Functioning in Plain EnglishExecutive Functioning Task Cards5 Ways Executive Functioning Issues Can Impact ReadingThe Reading Brain: Executive Function Hard at WorkExecutive Function Skills: the Building Blocks for Reading to...

Duration:00:08:32

Authentic Writing

3/28/2019
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Reading and Writing go hand-in-hand. Hesitant readers tend to be hesitant writers. We ask students to do a lot of writing throughout the day. Shannon and Mary discuss the importance and elements of quality writing instruction. Resource Links: Thinking Maps The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subject Areas by Judith C. Hochman and Amanda WexlerReading and Writing Strategies Facebook CommunityLOTS of writing instruction videos from The Teachers...

Duration:00:26:57

Mindfulness About Learning

3/21/2019
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Shannon and Mary discuss the concept of metacognition - thinking about the way you think. We discuss tips about how to teach your students how to evaluate their performances, learning, and reading. Resource Links: How Metacognition Can Help KidsExecutive Functioning Task CardsStrategies that Work book linkStrategies that Work Study Guide5 Ways to Boost Metacognition in the ClassroomMetacognition Overview3 Ideas for Teaching Students Struggling with Reading to Use Metacognition Follow...

Duration:00:25:27

All About Consonants

3/14/2019
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Consonants deserve their own episode! We can't let vowels steal all the glory. Learn about the building blocks of language: vowels/consonants, blends, digraphs. Learn more about how we teach our students about consonants as we share our tricks, tips, and resources. Resource Links: Precise PronunciationDigraph brothersFCRR Digraph a WordFCRR Student Center ActivitiesEnding Blends Clip CardsPBS Videos and Resources for Consonant BlendsCurated Video Playlist about Blends and Digraphs Follow...

Duration:00:29:34

Let's Talk About Phonemic Awareness

3/7/2019
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Mary and Shannon sort out the complex terms that are related to phonological processing. What is the difference between phonological awareness and phoneme awareness? We discuss how we teach these skills and provide resource ideas for you to try! Resource Links: Phonological and Phonemic Awareness IntroductionOrton Gillingham Educators' GuideEquipped for Reading Success by David KilpatrickPhonological Awareness and DyslexiaPhonemic Awareness Overview (from U. of Oregon)Getting Ready to Read...

Duration:00:35:36

A Conversation about ZPD and Rigor

2/28/2019
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Shannon and Mary discuss how to determine "just right activities" for their students by working within the ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) and how analyzing your students' scores can lead to developing rigorous activities within the student's instructional level. We believe that learning to read is rigorous and teachers must continue to teach students where they are while developing their lofty learning goals. Resource Links: ZPD Overview (Wikipedia)ZPD and ScaffoldingReading Levels and...

Duration:00:31:51

B and D Reversals

2/21/2019
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Shannon and Mary have a conversation about reversals of letters and numbers. Many parents and teachers are concerned about reversals, but the truth is that all reversals do need to be explicitly taught. Some children will make developmentally appropriate errors, while others are struggling with working memory, visual, and phonological processing. Direct instruction with model (verbal and visual cues) and demonstration is the only research-based strategy to help children correct their...

Duration:00:26:33

Recognizing a Struggling Reader

2/14/2019
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Shannon and Mary talk about coping behaviors that struggling readers use to hide the "big secret" that they can't read. They share details about students' actions that teachers can look for in the classroom to gather more insight about their learners. Some tactics that are labeled as troublesome are actually deflection tactics that struggling students use to mask their learning deficits. Come join the conversation! Do the children in your room display these behaviors? We think you'll...

Duration:00:25:48

A Conversation About Dyslexia

2/7/2019
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Mary and Shannon discuss Dyslexia. There are a lot of misconceptions that are due to lack of training. Many teachers are somewhat familiar with dyslexia and may even say that they have previously taught students with dyslexia. However, the reality is that almost 20% of the population struggles with dyslexia and may or may not be formally diagnosed. Find out more about dyslexia and join the conversation. Are you wondering what you can do to keep your classroom "dyslexic-friendly?" We have...

Duration:00:39:02

All About Sight Words

1/31/2019
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Are you teaching sight words in your classroom? Parents, are you supporting your child's practice in learning sight words? It's important to have a large bag of tricks. Listen as Shannon and Mary discuss many different ideas for parents and teachers to reinforce multiple practice turns for students as they are gaining automaticity in reading and spelling sight words. Resource Links: Red WordsSight Word StoriesStructured Word Inquiry WebinarSight Word PhrasesSight Word Parking LogSight Word...

Duration:00:29:23

All About Syllables

1/24/2019
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Shannon and Mary discuss the final pattern of the six syllable types: 'consonant+le'. Listen and join the conversation as they review CLOVER (closed, consonant + le, open, vowel teams, magic-e, and r-control syllable types). Find resources for how to teach syllables in your classroom and some clever tricks to reach your struggling readers. If you have students in your classroom who still haven't "cracked the code", come learn some strategies that will help you reach readers with...

Duration:00:28:23

All About Vowel Teams

1/17/2019
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Vowel teams are combinations of vowels (two or more) that make one sound. When students begin learning about vowel teams they have to demonstrate an understanding of sound symbol relationship where multiple vowel teams represent a single sound. This developmental decoding milestone is quite complex and is a critical step that students must take on their journey to mastering syllable patterns. Shannon and Mary will walk you through some of the important steps in teaching readers vowel...

Duration:00:25:28