Fluent Reading and Spelling – new product at TpT

I hope you’ll take a look at my updated resource on TpT! My primary grade students and struggling readers excelled with these materials and I know your students will too! Sound-Along combines music, pictures, make-and-break lessons, and little books for ample engagement and practice so every student can master Common Core phonemes. Take a look at this preview to see how Sound-Along works and go to the TpT tab to.. Read More

Save at TpT – today and tomorrow only!

In case you’ve been truly unplugged this summer and are in denial about the school year that’s about to begin, you may not know that for the next two days Teachers Pay Teachers is having their back to school sale. You don’t want to miss these prices! TpT discounts everything on the site, and individual sellers like yours truly offer additional discounts on their wonderful products. This is THE BEST.. Read More

New Products on Teachers Pay Teachers, Available Now!

I am beyond excited about my new Super Task Cards! that are now available on my Teachers Pay Teachers site! It’s been faaaaaar toooooo looooong since I posted a new product to my TpT store, so thanks for hanging in there during my hiatus. I hope you’ll check out the three sets of task cards I’ve created to help students practice foundational reading skills outlined in the K-2 Common Core… Read More

High-Impact Practices for Literacy: A Free Professional Learning Opportunity

For the past year or so I’ve been involved in an exciting project that has enormous potential for improving the teaching and learning of literacy in our schools. The SOAR (Strategic Observation and Reflection) Teaching Frames™ for Literacy are a research-based tool that articulates instructional practices that have the greatest impact on student achievement and address the Common Core Standards. The Frames clearly define those practices and the professional growth.. Read More

Do You Have What it Takes to Create a Performance Task? Yes You Do!

Performance Tasks play an important role in next-generation assessments of Common Core State Standards.  This leaves teachers wondering: What defines a quality Performance Task?  How do Performance Tasks used in on-demand assessments compare with those used in the classroom?  What is a Performance Task anyway? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in the professional learning experience I’ve created here at LitCentric.com.  It’s easy to follow,.. Read More

Blending and Segmenting Video Now Available

Greetings! I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve posted a new video to my YouTube channel called “LitCentric“. I hope you’ll follow my channel! I know, I know, I haven’t posted nearly enough videos, but it’s hard to do with all the permissions needed to post students and their work. Every district has a different policy and it’s sometimes too much hassle to deal with it. So this.. Read More

How to Make Grammar Fun!

Grammar instruction is coming back into focus (in some places it never left) since it’s taken hold in the Language section of the Common Core State Standards. We’ve all seen, experienced, or even taught grammar lessons in isolation that students have had success with. Yet, when it comes to transferring those skills to writing, we don’t see the same results. Why is this so? I wish I had the answer… Read More

Sound-Along Phonics Program

I’m excited to announce that my Sound-Along Phonics Program is available for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers! Sound-Along is a supplemental phonics program designed to complement any reading program with its straight-forward approach to the practice of Common Core phonemes. Sound-Along uses song, pictures, hands-on materials, and repeated reading to help students master 37 common English phonemes in reading and writing. Here’s the Sound-Along song students learn as part of.. Read More

Reading Comprehension is Tough to Understand

I’ve been thinking an awful lot lately about the role of reading comprehension in classroom literacy instruction. As a reading specialist I’m accustomed to instructing students who, for one reason or another, often struggle to understand what they read. And of course there are a myriad of reasons for this lack of comprehension they experience, everything from reading rate to decoding to a general misunderstanding of what reading is and.. Read More

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