How can we help older students with unfinished literacy learning?

Jan 21, 2022 1:02:00 PM
How can we help older students with unfinished literacy learning?

Hi Literacy Lovers,

In part 2 of our conversation David Liben on our most recent podcast episode, we discuss the impact and use of decodables with older students: When should decodables be used? What is their purpose? How do we use them? 

David Liben

David shares that “It’s not decodables… it’s decodability…” and not surprisingly, students need to read more than decodable text! In this episode, David shares practical and engaging ways to support older students in the classroom. We’re so glad you’re here to learn with us. 

Read This

If you’re wondering how to support older students during independent reading time, check out David’s blogs. What does the phrase volume of reading mean? How does it support students’ knowledge and vocabulary growth? What are ways to approach volume of reading? The answer to these questions (and more!). 

Click on This

EducationWeek has a fantastic new series of articles dedicated to the topic of supporting older, struggling readers. This series includes:

Listen to This 

We are self-proclaimed podcast junkies, and this interview with David and Meredith Liben on Amplify’s Science of Reading Podcast is great! Listen as they discuss their drive to find evidence-based solutions and how to tackle unfinished learning in schools.



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