Tips for Explicitly Teaching Phonological Awareness Activities and Lessons

Phonological Awareness (PA) focuses on sounds. Therefore effective phonological awareness activities require students to orally practice hearing, producing, and manipulating sounds.
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Using the Phonics Chip Kit™ to provide Intervention Strategies for Reading

At 95 Percent Group our mission is to help schools improve reading performance. We understand that phonics is a primary building block and without that well-developed foundational skill, students will struggle to read.
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Creating Campus-Wide Reading Intervention Plans

Reading Intervention Plans begin with a formative, baseline data collection process. This information can be collected from a variety of sources including a phonics inventory, DIBELS, sight word assessment, and other diagnostic screening tools that are required by your school.
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Reading Comprehension Processes Poster (for Improved Classroom Effectiveness)

Teachers know that reading success occurs in stages with each stage building upon another. Nothing gives teachers more job and satisfaction than watching students evolve from emergent to fluent readers. However, at times...
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Kids Reading Comprehension

When you're faced with the complex challenge of teaching kids reading comprehension and develop a love for reading, comprehension worksheets may not be enough. Teachers need a strong knowledge base as well as continuous access to training so they are successful in determining which kids need worksheets, and which need to be challenged in other ways....
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Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

This blog focuses on planning successful parent conferences and utilizing the conference feedback to help your students improve their performance. Below are 10 tips for successful parent conferences. Tip #1: Make Connections: Communicate with parents, several weeks in advance, about the upcoming conference.
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A Summertime Reflection List

Rejoice and relax, then take some time to reflect on: 1) Launching the year with procedures and routines that will make your classroom run smoothly and a plan for how you will teach these to your students. (Example: What students should be doing when you are teaching a small group...
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What’s the Current View of Phonological Awareness?

Phonological Awareness (PA) is one of the literacy components that we know best, but why? There’s no question that PA is important. After all, phonological awareness is one of the two most significant skills (along with letter naming) for predicting which students will learn to read more easily. When a student’s...
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What’s New in Phonological Awareness?

Phonological awareness is one of the best researched topics in reading. So is there anything new? After all this time, there are still some insights released by researchers about phonological awareness. For example, a while back a study was released that showed a link between the size of a child’s...
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The Unintended Consequences of the Common Core Standards

I’m as strong of a supporter of the Common Core standards as you’ll find. Our country needs education to be more competitive so that students who are in school now will have opportunities within this global economy to live a lifestyle at least as good as their parents. I refuse to give up on hoping that the American Dream is possible...
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