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Hi teacher friends! We are Melissa and Lori, two literacy educators in Baltimore. Our purpose is to bring teachers together in a positive way to share successes and struggles with Wit and Wisdom curriculum implementation. We are SO excited to talk with you!

Melissa and Lori Love Literacy Melissa Loftus and Lori Sappington

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 82 Ratings

Hi teacher friends! We are Melissa and Lori, two literacy educators in Baltimore. Our purpose is to bring teachers together in a positive way to share successes and struggles with Wit and Wisdom curriculum implementation. We are SO excited to talk with you!

    Ep. 91: Part 2: Improving Reading for Older Students with David Liben

    Ep. 91: Part 2: Improving Reading for Older Students with David Liben

    David Liben joins us again to discuss how to improve reading for older students. How can teachers help older students with unfinished literacy learning? How can teachers address foundational skills and fluency for older readers? Are decodables appropriate for older students? What is the role of independent reading? What is a volume of reading? Where does knowledge building fit? Listen and learn about these topics and more with one of our favorite literacy friends! 
    David’s Course: Improving Reading for Older Students
    David & Meredith Liben’s Graphic Novel for Kids: How we read 
    David’s blogs on Volume of Reading one and two 
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    • 43 min
    Ep. 90: Part 1: Improving Reading for Older Students with David Liben

    Ep. 90: Part 1: Improving Reading for Older Students with David Liben

    David Liben joins us again to discuss how to improve reading for older students. How can teachers help older students with unfinished literacy learning? How can teachers address foundational skills and fluency for older readers? Are decodables appropriate for older students? What is the role of independent reading? What is a volume of reading? Where does knowledge building fit? Listen and learn about these topics and more with one of our favorite literacy friends! 
    David’s Course: Improving Reading for Older Students
    David & Meredith Liben’s Graphic Novel for Kids: How we read 
    David’s blogs on Volume of Reading one and two 
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    • 33 min
    Ep. 89: Australian Teacher Lays the Foundations with Reading Science

    Ep. 89: Australian Teacher Lays the Foundations with Reading Science

    In this episode, Melissa and Lori connect with James Dobson, an educator who has been teaching for more than a decade in Australia. He has worked as a classroom teacher,  lead teacher,  literacy learning specialist, and principal. We discuss his blog post titled Laying the Foundations, One Teacher’s Journey. James illuminates his journey with the science of reading on his blog, Laying the Foundations. His posts are magic! Follow James on Twitter, too. 
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    Ep. 88: Complex Texts in the Classroom

    Ep. 88: Complex Texts in the Classroom

    One of our listener's questions prompted Melissa & Lori to have a conversation about complex texts and ways students can access them. What does the research say? What are practical ways to apply it? How could this look in the classroom? 
    The first part of this episode illuminates a conversation with Melissa & Lori in response to Kris’s text complexity Q&A. 
    The second part is a rerelease of David Liben’s episode, where he discusses why old habits die hard, the impact of knowledge and vocabulary on comprehension, and why we’ve shifted away from leveled text for core instruction.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep. 87: "I'm a Kindergarten Teacher, and the Way I've Been Teaching Reading is Wrong"

    Ep. 87: "I'm a Kindergarten Teacher, and the Way I've Been Teaching Reading is Wrong"

    In today’s episode, Kate Winn, a teacher, freelance writer and TV guest, and wife and mom to two girls, joins us on the podcast to share how after 20 years of teaching, she learned about the science of reading! She wrote this piece for Today’s Parent, titled I’m a kindergarten teacher and the way I’ve been teaching reading is wrong. How does she implement evidence-based practices in her classroom? Kate shares what she’s doing differently in her classroom to teach using reading science, what she’s learned along the way, and must-read book recommendations for teachers. 
    Kate launched This Mom Loves in 2010 - find her tv segments, podcast, and more! Connect with Kate on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 
    Resources discussed during this episode: 
    Nancy Young’s Ladder of Reading Embedded mnemonics - link to Shanahan’s blog Visit OUR WEBSITE to subscribe to our newsletter and podcast! 
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    • 36 min
    Ep. 86: Getting Districts and Teacher Prep on the Same Page

    Ep. 86: Getting Districts and Teacher Prep on the Same Page

    Today we talk with National Council on Teacher Quality’s Hannah Putman, Managing Director/Research, who penned a piece titled Getting Districts and Teacher Prep on the Same Page on Reading Pays Off. This research from CALDER sparked Hannah’s piece. She shared there is a disconnect in what teachers are learning in preparation programs and evidence-based literacy practices used in schools.

    If you’re an educator who has felt slighted by your schooling, you’re not alone! If you’re looking to learn more about what states can do to support a revamp of quality teacher prep programming, check out these accessible Action Guides put forth by NCTQ.  
    Other resources mentioned: 
    Will the Science of Reading Catch On in Teacher Prep? North Carolina's new reading mandate makes weary teachers spend long hours learningVisit OUR WEBSITE to subscribe to our newsletter and podcast! https://www.literacypodcast.com/
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Velvetme ,

Reading science is an art and a pleasure to learn

This is a really high quality show with great research and conversation. As a parent teacher there are hundreds of great takeaways and concepts covered so that I can best lay the foundation for my learner. Super thankful to have a place where I can come and absorb all the great guests, topics and start to ask the really big questions myself with how I approach teaching reading, and what best serves all readers. Amazing. Thanks so much

Nicolechamp ,

The educators all kids deserve!

I just discovered the pod and binging through it all! I live in a neighboring jurisdiction to Baltimore city—where the science of reading, the knowledge gap, cognitive development, are stubbornly resisted from the district down. While we have a population of students/resources far greater than the city, we continue to ignore the best practices (stubborn equity gap persists and grows).

I am so encouraged by the work amd effort from your super intendent—who absolutely grasps the challenge that has persisted in the city for 4+decades. She has made great strides in her tenure, most notably in her commitment to LITERACY!

I am so glad that you two exude those changes for your students. You are a gift to those students you serve, working and exploring how to serve them best! I hope you will engage with teacher prep programs in our state. Professional development—cannot compare to a focus and practice in the undergraduate prep. The teachers deserve it—the tools and experience to perform their role. The students deserve nothing less!

Thank you for all you do!

KinderStall ,

This is the best podcast...

If you love literacy or teach literacy then you should definitely be listening to this podcast!

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