#105: What is the Science of Reading (and is it Just Another Education Bandwagon)?

teaching reading Aug 04, 2022

The Science of Reading is the latest in literacy education. But...is it for real or just another education bandwagon?

Every few years there’s a new reading or literacy bandwagon to jump on. The buzzwords and “acceptable” techniques abound. Phonics, whole language, close reading, balanced literacy, Accelerated Reader, IXL, Reader Rabbit, Reading Recovery, phonemic awareness to name a few …and the MOST RECENT ADDITION to the list…the science of reading. 


Well…I’ve been around the block a few times and let me tell you, I’ve seen it all [and quietly ignored much of it and done my own thing for years once I realized what real reading instruction looked like]. You see, years ago, when I realized my youngest son had dyslexia [and apparently my father as well], I started to question all of the things I thought I knew about literacy and learning to read.

So, if you ever wonder if your students are learning to read despite your efforts instead of because of your efforts and if the science of reading is the real deal, this episode is for you! 

Listen in to the full episode to find out:

  • What the Science of Reading is.
  • Why it matters.
  • What the 5 parts are and how they fit together.
  • What you are probably already doing that fits into this approach.
  • And much more!

Listen to this episode for all the goodness [and don't forget to grab the FREE Essential Phonemic Awareness Cheat Sheet]. And check out the links to other teacher opportunities and help below. ⬇️  

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