Blog: Encouraging Frontline Educators

June 2020
AT THE HEART OF OPPORTUNITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL: COURAGE
Even in the current whirl of uncertainties, at the core, many things remain the same. At Literacy How, children are at the heart of all we do. We believe EVERY child has the right to read. We know 95% can be taught to do so … Adapting to new ways of teaching and learning takes courage … It also takes courage and commitment to talk about social justice and the inequities that underlie the achievement—opportunity—gap.

Background Knowledge is Essential for Comprehension

In this issue, we focus on background knowledge, the second big idea about comprehension instruction in our book “Comprehension: Knowledge to Practice.” Thanks to the popular work of Natalie Wexler and Daniel Willingham, there is widespread recognition that knowledge helps readers take in new information, think about it, and retain it.

Language Comprehension and Text Structure Awareness

April 2020 In the last issue, we discussed the value of oral storytelling. Here we delve into the importance of explicitly teaching the text structure of narratives as one means of facilitating students’ comprehension. Text structure, one of the five big ideas...

Tell Me a Story

April 2020 We’re Thinking of You! Over the past few weeks, as we try to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning—and the unknowns of what the “new normal” will be—we have been been thinking of you and listening to you. One message has come across...

Helpful Resources for Home Teaching, Learning, and Fun

March 2020 “Look for the helpers.” That’s what Mr. Rogers’ mother would tell him when he was a boy frightened by the news. Here are some resources to help you with remote teaching and at-home learning*. We also encourage you to listen to the...