The Most Important Question–Comprehension 101

Bloom and his Taxonomy gave me a guilt trip. Can I get a witness? Like many teachers-in-training, I was taught the cognitive domain of his hierarchy of questions: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.   Hierarchy.  Bah! That’s so… so……     so…                       […]

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

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 […]

Welcome to the Reading Simplified blog!

We are so excited to begin this new phase of Reading Simplified–sharing ideas with all of you!  We will start the conversation with tips and strategies for making reading instruction simpler and more efficient to result in greater acceleration for your students. Here are some example topics we’ll review: streamlining the Common Core State Standards, integrating […]