Science of Reading - Professional Learning Resource Hub.

When we know better we do better! 

(Maya Angelou)

The "teacher variable" is a critical factor in effective instruction.  Even though teachers may choose to use resources aligned to the Science of Reading, it is you, the teacher, that can have the greatest impact. This Resource Hub is about recognizing your key role in effective instruction and equipping you with key Professional Learning that aligns with the science of reading and writing.

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The best investment into your career is professional development in evidence based instructions.  TLC programs are based on the current cognitive science, reading and writing science and educational research and we want to share our favourites with you.

Here are some of our favourite Professional Reading Materials.

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PODCAST with Camilla O

Need a fairy godteacher to help you create a bit of magic in your classroom and help you put theory into practise?

Join Camilla O each week as she shares well researched strategies, tools, and resources to help you teach literacy with confidence and success. There are also, many great freebies along the way!

#051 The Literacy Big 6 Series 1. Oral Language

Over the next six weeks I would like to take you through the 6 components that every Science Based reading program should have. Known as the Literacy Big 6, these recommendations are the result of three international reviews commissioned by the Governments in the US, UK and Australia, in an attempt to provide teachers with…

#050 The Dos and Don’ts of Teaching Sight Words – An Evidence Based Approach

Extra Bonus for new and exsisting email subscribers this week! By Email On iTunes Podcast episode #50 will provide you with practical evidence based teaching tips that can potentially enable a child to store and retrieve hundreds more words than they would be able to if they’d been taught using the widely common ‘whole word’…

#049 A 6 Minute Assessment Tool to Test Phonic Decoding

In episode #49 I share the knowledge and the tools to begin the identification and prevention of decoding fluency difficulties….. There are many quality assessment tools out there that are aligned to the Science of reading but even with those, which ones do you choose and how do you know which assessment is the right…

#048 Blending Strategies – The Multisensory Approach

Here at TLC we are passionate about The Science of Reading and the methodologies to match because they work for ALL learners, especially for our most vulnerable learners. I’m in classrooms every week working alongside some amazing teachers who are putting these methods into practice and I’m seeing first hand the results of using evidence…

#047 Responding To Reading Errors

Research examining different instructional materials and methods in reading has often identified the “teacher variable” as a critical factor in effective instruction.  Even though teachers may choose to use resources aligned to the Science of Reading, it is you, the teacher, that can have the greatest impact.  So today’s topic, ‘responding to oral reading errors’…

#046 Reading Behaviours Checklist – What Should I Be Looking For?

Episode #46 takes a close look at the early ‘reading behaviours’ that are conducive to ongoing reading progress. In knowing what to look for, you’ll also be able to identify deficits and facilitate timely interventions, which will prevent unnecessary reading struggles. Don’t forget to also download the freebie to start building your students’ reading profiles…

#45 How To Make Spelling Stick!

Many bolt on spelling programs are doing little to improve children’s spelling abilities, especially for our most vulnerable learners.  In fact many of the most common spelling activities have been shown to be a ineffective. This is most apparent in the gap between student’s weekly spelling test scores and their spelling accuracy in their writing.…

#044 The Misconception of ‘Blends’ – It’s a verb NOT a Noun

As a literacy coach I see so many phonics scope and sequences that have multiple weeks focused on this ‘so called’ concept of ‘BLENDS’, but is it truly necessary?  Well podcast #44 will give you important insights into why ‘blends’ should be seen as a process not a concept in the early phase of learning.…

#043 The 6 Steps to Maximise Learning During Guided Reading

Guided reading time should adopt a powerful instructional approach to teaching reading that promotes a high level of reading growth. Unfortunately, ’round robin’ reading methodologies have crept into common practise. There is considerable evidence that this methodology is ineffective so let’s understand why…. Join me in Episode #43 as I share the 6 steps to…

#042 What’s In and What’s Out With Guided Reading

Episode #42 takes a close look at guided reading groups and the negative talk in the ‘Science of Reading’ community. Tune in as I give you some key considerations before jumping on any bandwagon, and more importantly, gain the skills to decipher the information presented out there so you can reflect on your own practice and…

#041 Navigating The ‘Science of Reading’ Journey, Even When You’re Faced With Resistance (For Leaders)

Are you a leader in a school wanting to start the process of aligning practices to the Science of Reading, but just don’t know where to start? Change can be hard at the best of times but moving to Science of Reading instructional methods is definitely worth the effort. When schools make the decision to…

#040 Navigating The ‘Science of Reading’ Journey, Even When You’re Faced With Resistance (For Teachers)

Whether you’re on the ‘Science of Reading’ journey on your own, with a small group of colleagues or as a whole school, Episode #40 is full of practical strategies for everyone who is wanting to affect change in their schools. As the saying goes, ‘when we know better, we do better’ so join me on…

#039 The Running Record Rebuttal: Calling for a New Review of Beginner Reader Assessments

Join me in Episode #39 as I address the strong views of teachers around the use of running records. I want to help teachers enhance the literacy development of all students by preventing them from wasting time and resources on ineffective, expensive and outdated approaches to reading assessment. I’ll share some strategies of how to…

#038 Are Running Records a Waste of Time?

Podcast #38 was inspired by some great conversations that I had last week with teachers who are coming up to a reporting period and are implementing their ‘end of semester’ assessments.  The questions and stories that the teachers had around their benchmark testing were so relevant to everyone who is transitioning to methodologies that are…

#036 & #037 How To Identify Reading Deficits Early and The Practical Strategies To Fill The Gaps.

As a literacy coach, I visit many schools supporting teachers in their journey implementing literacy programs using the ‘Science of Teaching Reading’ methodologies. Last week I was chatting with Prep staff at one particular school. They were mentioning how quickly most of the children were progressing, already blending and segmenting words successfully and transferring this…

#035 If You Teach, You Need To Watch This Documentary!

Instead of a podcast this week I would like to share this moving documentary and the words from TLC’s co-creator, Karyn Fua ………… This week I watched the documentary ‘Our Dyslexic Children’. The film documents the story of a group of parents in a suburban school district near Columbus, Ohio who discovered their children had…

#034 What Readers Should I Use In My K-2 Classroom? Decodable, Predictable or Storybooks?

There’s a hotly debated topic amongst teachers and schools that’s getting a lot of attention lately…… ‘What readers are the best to use to support students learning to read…..predictable, decodable or story books’. When you sit down to plan what you’re teaching for your small group reading instruction or in your literacy program, how do…

#033 The False Positive Results – How Not To Be Lured In By This Fallacy

The attraction of a common early reading success fallacy has been a consistent lure for teachers, and has sufficiently undermined English reading instruction ever since it was first stumbled upon. It did not take long for this ‘golden bullet’ to hit globally, providing enormous commercial enterprise for companies producing resources with this debunked philosophy. These resources…

#031 & #32 The Most Important Reading Scientific Discovery You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

In Episode 31 you’ll find out what is now considered “the most current theory of how children form sight word representations”. We will dive deep down into the most current research and see what top cognitive neuroscientists and educational psychologists are telling us about the process we use to store printed words in our long-term…

#030 The 6 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Transitioning Students to Remote Learning

Episode 30 is all about making the most of this lock down time and avoiding common mistakes that teachers may unknowingly make when transitioning students to home learning. This is new territory for everyone and I know as teachers you are doing everything you can to keep afloat and manage this new way of supporting…

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