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Ep009

Independent Reading

Author / educator Patty McGee talks with reading expert Laura Robb about how teachers can make the time and space for independent reading and how their students benefit when they commit to it.

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Ep008

The Joy of the Ordinary

Patty McGee talks with teacher and author Travis Crowder about practical ways to invite students to notice their everyday worlds. Through observing, reflecting, and writing, each of us can recognize how much the ordinary things around us sustain us.

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Ep007

Simplicity and Connection in Distance Learning

When it comes to online teaching, it’s about connection, not perfection. Patty McGee and Julie Wright discuss how to prepare for daily online instruction and offer teachers advice on distance learning. Spoiler alert: simplicity is key.

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Ep006

Read Aloud Essentials from Any Distance

Patty McGee and Adria Klein discuss how teachers and home-schooling parents can keep read alouds simple and instructionally effective while bringing the joy into reading with children.

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Ep005

Take Care of Yourself and Connect with Your Students

Mental Health and Happiness for At-Home Learning

Dr. Daniella Lukashok shares practical advice for teachers about supporting themselves, their loved ones, and their students during this period of social distancing and isolation.

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Ep004

The Science of Reading

What Brain Research Says About How We Learn to Read

Teaching reading is one of the best gifts we can give a child because it can never be taken away. No wonder people get so whipped up about this topic. In this podcast, Wiley Blevins brings a calm voice to the hubbub about the Science of Reading, revealing how every educator can use its findings to meet the majority of young students’ literacy needs efficiently, effectively, and with equity. The best materials and best instruction, decoded.

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Ep003

Check, Please

Quick Phonics Assessments So Learning Doesn’t Decay

Teachers need easy-to-use, efficient ways to check for mastery so students’ understanding builds swiftly and surely. In this podcast, Wiley Blevins explains the wisdom of assessing both accuracy and automaticity, and the how-tos of comprehensive and cumulative assessments.

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Ep002

Systematic Phonics

Hey, Language Is a System, So Why Wouldn't We Teach It Like One?

In this podcast, Wiley Blevins explains why explicit, systematic instruction is not only scientifically proven but easier for teachers to implement than other approaches. Discover the power behind a defined scope and sequence, a built-in spiral review, and how to differentiate instruction in whole and small groups.

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Ep001

Decodable Texts

Key Learning Tools for a Crucial Phase in a Reader’s Life

Not all decodables are created equal. In this podcast, Wiley Blevins explains why these books got a bad rap, how to find great ones, and what teachers can do with them to give Kindergarteners and first graders practice reading connected text and application to writing.

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