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Latest Blogs

Comprehension Skills vs Strategies?

I have spent twenty years championing the teaching of Comprehension Strategies as the be-all and end-all of comprehension instruction. Now I am not so sure.  I still firmly embrace the use ofRead more

How important is a Learning Outcome?

In this post we look at Learning Intentions or, as we prefer to call them Learning Outcomes. Why outcomes? - We think it better reflects the idea of observable skill development.  You are probably wRead more

Student Engagement?

Lately I have been laser focused on the implications of the latest cognitive research on brain activity during the act of reading comprehension.  Fascinating stuff...  But just the other day I endRead more

Independent Practice

Some of my holiday reading included delving further into the work of the cognitive scientists and their take on the way we read. Pretty fascinating stuff.  The obvious conclusion: no matter how muchRead more

SharpReading and The Science of Reading

"How does SharpReading align with the Science of Reading Comprehension?" 'The Science of Reading' is often used to describe the recent research in neurological and cognitive science, studies thatRead more

We make an impact when we read

Here's a nice reminder about the impact we can have on our classrooms just by bringing our own passion and experience as readers with us into the classroom.  Sue McDowall, a senior researcher at theRead more

The Case for Levelled Text

FAQ: 'The Science of Reading' online chatter suggests there are no longer grounds for using levelled text in guided reading lessons for students who are fluent decoders. What are your thoughts?' TRead more

Instructional Text - What do I look for?

FAQ: How do you find the correct level of text difficulty for comprehension instruction.  It has been often said that we will get a better effect from our comprehension instruction if we use textRead more

How much cognitive energy do you have?

Here's a pet theory I have about being a learner. We all come to any learning task with a fixed amount of cognitive energy. This is determined by a range of factors; perceived importanceRead more

The Importance of Feeling Successful

We all need to feel successful - "I am getting better at this...I can do it!" It's a rather obvious but sometimes forgotten idea that applies to any learning...we feel best about it when it feelsRead more

Where does Phonics fit with SharpReading?

It is important to understand how SharpReading aligns itself with phonics instruction. It is based on what we consider to be a balanced approach to developing decoding fluency in the beginner reader.Read more

Sight Words and the Beginner Reader

Without wanting to tread on anyone's is my view (and some research to back it up). For the purpose of this discussion my definition of a sight word is one of those small words that don�Read more

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