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Welcome to Literacy Voices, where our experts share instructional strategies with teachers. You'll find practical classroom tips from real educators, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice, and tools you can use immediately.
  1. How do Repeated Shared Readings Develop and Expand Language?

    How do Repeated Shared Readings Develop and Expand Language?

    As Don Holdaway (1979) believed when he designed the instructional approach we know as Shared Reading, “children who are not thoroughly familiar with the syn...
  2. Putting Students in the Role of Meaning-Maker in Guided Reading Lessons

    Putting Students in the Role of Meaning-Maker in Guided Reading Lessons

    In today’s educational milieu, various versions of guided reading exist. Most versions offer three components: an introduction before reading, reading and di...
  3. What is the Purpose of Shared Reading in a Rich Thinking and Talking Curriculum?

    What is the Purpose of Shared Reading in a Rich Thinking and Talking Curriculum?

      Shared Reading is an instructional approach used to support students to read, think, and discuss texts. It’s part of a broader balanced literacy frame...
  4. Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Good First Teaching, Session 1

    Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Good First Teaching, Session 1

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch in this part 1 of the Shared Reading Webinar Series. Here she focuses on the intention behind the Shared Reading Approach,...
  5. Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Extending Shared Reading through Revisits to Text, Session 2

    Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Extending Shared Reading through Revisits to Text, Session 2

    In this part 2 of the Shared Reading Webinar Series Debra focuses on the kinds of instruction that occurs once the text has become familiar to students, what ha...
  6. Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Extending Shared Reading for Emergent and Early Readers through Writing, Session 3

    Shared Reading Pre K to 1st Grade: Extending Shared Reading for Emergent and Early Readers through Writing, Session 3

    Watch as Educational Consultant, Debra Crouch focuses on extending Shared Reading for Emergent and Early Readers. In this final part of the Shared Reading Webin...
  7. Any Volunteers to Read an Engineering Textbook?

    Any Volunteers to Read an Engineering Textbook?

    Re-evaluating text in the classroom We are still in an interesting place in our field when it comes to student assessment and this culture of accountability. W...
  8. Reading - Does that Make Sense? No, Really, does it?

    Reading - Does that Make Sense? No, Really, does it?

    Text is meaningful We have to explicitly teach them to come to print with the position that this text is meaningful and I, as the reader, need to interact wi...
  9. Uh oh, not the "R" word... Running Records!

    Uh oh, not the "R" word... Running Records!

      Going beyond the checkmarks and other conventions of running records to understand students' reading behaviors You know how when you play the telepho...

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