3 Unexpected Delights at the ILA Conference 2015

We were so honored and excited to present for a pre-conference institute¬†at the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) annual conference in St. Louis last weekend. We shared to an eager audience of teachers a handful of key reading strategies that we use with beginning and struggling readers. Christie and I both had to rush back more […]

Integrate, Don’t Isolate: Teach Multiple Reading Skills Simultaneously

Switch It in action

Imagine with me the recipe that most first grade teachers attempt to create a class of readers: A dash of phonemic awareness, a larger measure of phonics, sprinkled with sight word games, simmered with an engaging read aloud, but not neglecting the obligatory 10 minutes in a writing journal. Does the careful mixing of these […]