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This is the Reading Teachers Lounge where listeners can eavesdrop on professional conversations between elementary reading teachers. We are passionate about literacy and strive to find strategies to reach all learners. Shannon and Mary are neighbors who realized that they were “literacy soul sisters” at a dinner in their Atlanta neighborhood. Once they started chatting about reading they haven’t really stopped. Come join the conversation.

Reading Teachers Lounge Shannon Betts and Mary Saghafi

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This is the Reading Teachers Lounge where listeners can eavesdrop on professional conversations between elementary reading teachers. We are passionate about literacy and strive to find strategies to reach all learners. Shannon and Mary are neighbors who realized that they were “literacy soul sisters” at a dinner in their Atlanta neighborhood. Once they started chatting about reading they haven’t really stopped. Come join the conversation.

    The Updated Ladder of Reading and Writing

    The Updated Ladder of Reading and Writing

    Shannon and Mary discuss the revised Ladder of Reading and Writing that was recently updated by Nancy Young.   [Note: Our podcast has explicit permission from Nancy Young to use her Ladder infographic image and information with our audience.]  In this episode we compare the updates to the Ladder to its original form and discuss the changes and how they may impact literacy instruction.

    Episode Resources:
    Nancy Young's websiteNancy's blog post about her updates to the LadderThe Updated Ladder of Reading and Writing (in pdf form)Nancy Young's Structured Literacy PrimerLadder of Reading and Writing: Terms DefinedPermission request to use the Ladder of Reading and WritingResources from Nancy Young about the Ladder of Reading and WritingOur season 4 opening episode where we discuss Nancy Young's Differentiation webinarOur Season 2 episode about Structured Literacy where we first discuss the LadderRecording of Nancy Young's presentation about Differentiation Hot Logic Mini Oven https://amzn.to/3jO2C4l (*Amazon affiliate link)
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    • 50 min
    The Importance of Storytelling

    The Importance of Storytelling

    Shannon and Mary chat with Anna Boldog from Bookr Class about the Importance of Storytelling.   They share their own memories and experiences with stories as readers and teachers. And they talk about what research shares about how storytelling impacts language and literacy development.    This discussion should prompt your own memories of stories and how they've impacted your life, your instruction, and your readers.

    Episode Resources:
    Information for parents about BOOKR Class App2 week free trial on BOOKR Class for teachers Holiday Calendar campaign from BookrOur previous episode Books as Mirrors, Doors, and WindowsStorytelling Improves LiteracyThe Literacy Benefits of StorytellingPaths to Literacy: Importance of StorytellingLearning Language and LiteracyRole of Storytelling in Early Literacy DevelopmentDual Coding Theory and Education (James Clark and Allan Paivio) Four Good Reasons to Use Literature in Primary School (Irma Ghosn) Bookr Class on InstagramBookr Class on TwitterBookr Class on Facebook  Bookr Class video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJBaiBrHLUMAnother video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcnaajQPu_Q Hot Logic Mini Oven https://amzn.to/3jO2C4l (*Amazon affiliate link)
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    • 41 min
    Supporting Reading Teachers

    Supporting Reading Teachers

    Shannon and Mary chat with LaMonica Williams, Director of Programs for Teaching Matters, about how to support reading teachers and their students through intensive but supportive coaching and literacy training.   


    Episode Links for Resources mentioned:
    Jumpstart programWebinars & TrainingsTwitter @teachingmattersContact Teaching Matters : inquiry@teachingmatters.orgEarly Reading Assessment Toolkit from Teaching MattersReading MattersLiteracy activities from Teaching MattersBookr Class App (interactive storytelling) 70% off promotion link
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    • 49 min
    Scarborough's Reading Rope with Tess Kraft

    Scarborough's Reading Rope with Tess Kraft

    Shannon chats about the different strands of Scarborough's Reading Rope with Tess Kraft.   They talk about all the many different skills that weave together into skilled reading and share ideas about transferring the science of reading into effective literacy instruction.

    Episode Links for Resources mentioned:
    Overview of the Reading RopeReading Rope padlet20 years of Reading Rope recordingsNell Duke Reading Rope RedefinedComplete Nell Duke article linkReally Great Reading article about the Reading RopeAnimated Reading Rope39 Clues Text Series (*Amazon affiliate link)The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler (*Amazon affiliate link)Literacy Program  from American College of EducationKnow Better, Do Better by Meredith Liben (*Amazon affiliate link)Dyslexia and Spelling by Kelli Sandman-Hurley (*Amazon affiliate link)LETRS trainingsScience of Reading Facebook groupTess's websiteTess on Instagram @tessthekraftyteacherBookr Class App (interactive storytelling) 70% off promotion link
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Science of Reading with Heidi Martin

    Science of Reading with Heidi Martin

    Shannon and Mary chat with Heidi Martin about her journey into learning about the Science of Reading.   Heidi has been documenting her literacy transformation on Tiktok (@learningwithheidi) and Instagram (@droppinknowledgewithheidi).   

    Episode Links for Resources mentioned:
    Heidi's websiteScience of reading YouTube video Science of Reading Blog and video seriesScience of Reading Comprehension Instruction What is the SOR?Timothy Shanahan What is science of reading?SOR guideWhat teachers should know about SOR The Science of ReadingThe sciences of reading Teaching Rubrics aligned with SORCreativity to the CoreEquipped for Reading Success by David Kilpatrick *(Amazon affiliate link)Amplify resources Really Great Reading free training about SORHeart Word MagicJunior Learning resourcesMagnet Chips & Wand *Amazon affiliate linkZingo game *Amazon affiliate linkReally Great Reading free letter tilesBookr Class App (interactive storytelling) 70% off promotion link
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Chatting about Scope and Sequence with Wiley Blevins

    Chatting about Scope and Sequence with Wiley Blevins

    Shannon and Mary chat with literacy expert Wiley Blevins about the scope and sequence of phonics instruction. 

    Episode Links for Resources mentioned:
    ILA Brief Meeting the Challenges of Early Phonics Instruction by  Blevins Our Previous episode  about Wiley's ILA BriefA Fresh Look at Phonics by Blevins *Choosing and Using Decodable Texts by Blevins *Teaching Phonics & Word Study in the Intermediate Grades by  Blevins *Phonics from A to Z by  Blevins *10 Common Causes of Phonics Instruction failure by  Blevins (free)Decodable Text Lesson Sampler (shared with us from Wiley)Decodable Text Lesson Planner (shared with us from Wiley)Leveled Books with a Phonics  (shared with us from Wiley)Look Fors:  Routines (shared with us from Wiley)Jeanne ChallWiley's training on Decodable TextsWiley Blevins websiteFind Wiley on Twitter @wbnyReading Rockets Scope and SequenceUniversity of Texas Scope & SequenceUniversity of Florida Scope & SequenceLearning at the Primary Pond Scope & Sequences for each grade (*These are Amazon affiliate links, where we make a small commission.)
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    • 1 hr 25 min

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