As noted on this Fountas & Pinnell blog post, “a reading minilesson takes only a few minutes per day and usually involves the whole class. Each minilesson engages your students in an inquiry process that leads to the discovery and understanding of a general principle. It builds on a shared literacy experience (e.g., interactive read-aloud, shared reading, book clubs, guided reading) that the children have participated in prior to the lesson. The reading minilesson serves as a link between that prior literacy experience and their ability to apply this experience to their own independent reading.“
8 Research-Backed Ways to Aid Struggling Emergent Readers – Edutopia Blogpost
Current research shows that struggling emergent readers don’t just need time—they need rigorous instruction in the foundational skills of reading to make strides in catching up to their grade-level peers. This article shares eight research-backed ways to support these students, as a part of crafting a program to support struggling emergent readers, one that includes intensive systematic instruction in phonological awareness, sound-symbol correspondence, blending and segmenting, handwriting instruction, and sight words.
From Sage Publishing comes Sean McBlain’s new book, Child Development for Teachers. Dr. McBlain has worked for over twenty years as an educational psychologist, and is currently a senior academic at Plymouth Marjon University in the UK. Each chapter of this book includes a focus on a theory of child development to support understanding; case studies and critical questions to explore the learning and help the reader to develop critical thinking skills; and practical strategies for supporting children in the classroom which focus on how teachers can use an understanding of child development to enhance their practice.
This conversation centres around the importance of student talk and opportunities to foster thoughtful talk within a community of learners. Language infuses the reading and writing students do every day in the classroom. You can listen to the podcast or read the transcript.