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Melissa & Lori Love Literacy ™ is a podcast for educators interested in the science of reading. Hear the latest research on teaching reading and writing and learn how to make it practical for your classroom. Our guests include some of the most well-known literacy researchers and experts, as well as teachers and leaders doing the hard work every day! 

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Melissa & Lori Love Literacy ™ is a podcast for educators interested in the science of reading. Hear the latest research on teaching reading and writing and learn how to make it practical for your classroom. Our guests include some of the most well-known literacy researchers and experts, as well as teachers and leaders doing the hard work every day! 

    Ep. 185: Understanding the How and Why of Sound Walls with Mary Dahlgren

    Ep. 185: Understanding the How and Why of Sound Walls with Mary Dahlgren

    Sound wall expert Mary Dahlgren explains how sound walls differ from word walls, why it's important to teach all 44 speech sounds, and how sound walls can help students make sense of English. She shares evidence to support the use of sound walls in your classroom and gives practical advice for implementation. 


    Takeaways


    Sound walls are an instructional tool to help students see and understand the 44 speech sounds of the English language.Sound walls provide a visual representation of the sounds and their corresponding spellings. Sound walls help students make connections between sounds and letters.Sound walls support phonological awareness, phonics instruction, and the development of decoding skills.Sound walls are beneficial for all students, including English learners, as they provide a structured and visual approach to learning the sounds of the English language. Teachers should be aware of the different phonemes in their students' languages and teach the phonemes in English.Resources


    Sound Walls: A Tool for Students to Use by Mary DahlgrenConnect with us
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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum.

    • 54 min
    Ep. 184: First Steps for Reading with Spencer Russell (Quick Tips from Our Teacher Friends)

    Ep. 184: First Steps for Reading with Spencer Russell (Quick Tips from Our Teacher Friends)

    Spencer Russell, a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher and the founder of Toddlers Can Read, shares his motivation for teaching reading and emphasizes the importance of simplifying the teaching process. He provides practical tips for starting with letter sounds and engaging children in fun learning activities. Spencer also discusses the importance of assessing understanding and offers guidance on where to start when teaching letter sounds. Listeners can find Spencer on social media at ToddlersRead or visit ToddlersRead.com. 


    Takeaways
    Start with letter sounds that are easier to pronounce and more familiar to children.Engage children in learning activities that involve movement and play.Assess understanding and retention through quick and frequent assessments.Resources
    Find Spencer on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook or ToddlersRead.comCheck out these videos on Instagram: Teach a Toddler to Read in 3 Easy Steps, Mispronouncing Sounds, Fourth Graders Reading at K Level Where Do I Start?Connect with us
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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum.

    • 43 min
    Ep. 183: Aligning Phonemic Awareness Instruction to Research

    Ep. 183: Aligning Phonemic Awareness Instruction to Research

    In this conversation, Becky Pallone and Michael Hart discuss how their phonemic awareness instruction  has evolved over time. They emphasize the importance of blending and segmenting as key skills in phonemic awareness and highlight the benefits of incorporating letters in phonemic awareness instruction. They will also provide practical tips for you! 
    Takeaways
    Incorporating letters in phonemic awareness can strengthen letter-sound correspondence.Teachers should prioritize blending and segmenting in phonemic awareness instruction.Teacher knowledge and curriculum are both important in phonemic awareness instruction. Resources 
    Measured Mom CVC Word ListPam Kastner Wakelet Resources: The Literacy CollectionExplicit Instruction, Anita ArcherContinuous Phonation Webinar, Selina Gonzales FryeUniversity of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI)Goyen Foundation Twitter/XConnect with us
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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum.

    • 44 min
    Ep. 182: Plain Talk Conference Recap

    Ep. 182: Plain Talk Conference Recap

    Melissa and Lori just returned from the Plain Talk About Literacy & Learning Conference in New Orleans and they will share their takeaways with YOU! Attendees called in while at the conference to share aha moments and key takeaways. You won't want to miss this one!

    2024 Plain Talk Conference Presenters

    Podcast Episodes We Mentioned
    Episode 44:  Elevating the Education Profession with The Right to Read ProjectEpisode 116:  Sonia Cabell on the Importance of Content-Rich ELA InstructionEpisode150: Science of Reading for ALL Students: Intervention for Secondary StudentsEpisode158: Science of Reading Beyond Phonics: The Ultimate Goal of Reading with Doug FisherEpisode 170: All About Read-Alouds with Molly NessConnect with us
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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum.

    • 28 min
    Ep. 181: What Research Says About Phonemic Awareness with Matt Burns

    Ep. 181: What Research Says About Phonemic Awareness with Matt Burns

    Matt Burns discusses the importance of phonemic awareness in reading instruction. Phonemic awareness is an outcome of skilled reading, not a precursor, and it has a reciprocal relationship with reading. Matt also emphasizes the need to focus on decoding skills in second, third, and fourth grade, rather than solely on phonemic awareness. Matt provides practical takeaways for teachers and recommends additional resources for learning about phonemic awareness.
    Takeaways
    Phonemic awareness is an outcome of skilled reading, not a precursor.Phonemic awareness and reading have a reciprocal relationship.Decoding skills are a strong predictor of reading success.Nonsense word fluency assessments can be beneficial for assessing decoding skills.Avoid teaching nonsense words and focus on decoding instead.Resources
    Phonemic Awareness, Research, Misconceptions, and Fads with Dr. Matt BurnsThey Say You Can Do Phonemic Awareness Instruction “In the Dark”, But Should You? A Critical Evaluation of the Trend Toward Advanced Phonemic Awareness TrainingRIP to Advanced Phonemic Awareness | Shanahan on LiteracyPhonemic Awareness with Letters YouTube video, Matt BurnsMatt Burns YouTube Channel National Reading Panel Report Elkonin Boxes, Reading RocketsFlorida Center for Reading Research UFLI Foundations Ep. 159: Back to School: Science of Reading or Snake Oil with Holly Lane Road to the Code, Book IES Practice Guides Empirical Analysis of Drill Ratio Research: Refining the Instructional Level for Drill Tasks, Matt Burns (meta-analysis)Connect with us
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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum.

    • 45 min
    Ep. 180: Teaching the Alphabet with Shayne Piasta

    Ep. 180: Teaching the Alphabet with Shayne Piasta

    Shayne Piasta discusses best practices for teaching alphabet knowledge. She tells us what the research suggests about teaching  letter names and sounds, why teaching a letter of the week may not be the most effective approach, and an order to teach letters. The best part? She shares concrete ideas and strategies for classroom practice. 
    Takeaways
    Teach both letter names and sounds simultaneously.Consider the acrophonic principle, where the letter name gives clues to its sound.Avoid teaching letters of the week and consider a faster pacing for letter instruction.Be intentional about the order of teaching letters, considering children's names and frequency of letters in text.Use differentiated instruction and embedded mnemonics for effective alphabet instruction.Resources
    Handbook on the Science of Early LiteracyThe Science of Early Alphabet Instruction, chapter 7Ohio State University Alphabet Learning and Instruction research and articlesOhio State University Early Literacy and Learning LabEpisode 164: Misconceptions About Learning to Read with Carolyn Strom Connect with us
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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum.

    • 45 min

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This podcast offers a unique educators’ perspective on the Science of Reading (SOR) or Structured Literacy in the classroom. Highly recommend for anyone interested in this SOR.

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