Shanahan on Literacy
Timothy Shanahan is a renowned expert on the teaching of literacy. This podcast addresses practical issues in teaching students to read and to read better.
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Literacy Charities 2024
DECEMBER 09, 2023
Each year, presents a list of the highest rated literacy charities in the U.S. and Canada. These charities distribute books, make electronic resources available, and support literacy instruction in a variety of ways and to a variety of needy children. The list is useful ...
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Why Main Idea is Not the Main Idea – Or, How Best to Teach Reading Comprehension
DECEMBER 02, 2023
State standards and state tests emphasize the importance of "main idea" in reading instruction. Many schools (and commercial programs) in response to this try to teach main idea by having students read texts and answer main idea questions. However, that neither improves students' ability to an...
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Should We Teach Phonics to English Learners?
NOVEMBER 18, 2023
This podcast explores the research on phonics teaching to English Learners and concludes that such instruction is important. However, ELs are more likely to struggle with language than decoding, so both decoding and language interventions need to be available to all children....
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