Demystifying the science of reading #1: What it is, and what it isn’t

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You’ve probably heard the phrase “the science of reading” being tossed around lately. Your district or school may be taking initiatives to align to the science of reading, and may even be changing your curricula after years or even decades. Why all the hullabaloo? Let’s talk about what the science of reading really is, what it isn’t, and why it matters.

Seeing beyond the buzz words

When you hear “science of reading,” you may have a strong feeling for or against it. We know that, as a highly effective teacher, you want to use strategies that have been proven effective through research. It’s probable that the science of reading is more aligned to your ideal practice than you realize.

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What is the science of reading?

      It is decades of interdisciplinary research, tying together linguistics, educational psychology, and neuroscience in thousands of studies with one aim: uncovering how we learn to read, and how best to teach reading.

In this Teacher Tip Tuesday series, we’ll unpack everything you need to know about the science of reading. You’ll learn about the fundamentals of how reading acquisition happens and learn all about evidence-based instruction practices. Topics include:

  1. Learning to read is not a natural process
  2. What effective reading instruction is really comprised of
  3. How we learn to read
  4. Why it matters: reading instruction that works
Want to learn more? Check out the following resources for further reading. Let us know in the comments or at what you want to know about the science of reading, and come back every week for a new article.

Sources and further reading: The Reading League | Reading Rockets

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