Science and Technology have contributed to many advancements in the way we live, learn, and work. One such advancement is the science behind how we develop as readers, known as the Science of Reading. The research and knowledge behind the Science of Reading has been gaining more and more attraction in the world of literacy education. But what does it mean and what implications does this have for educators?
Today, Maggie Luma and I sit down to discuss these questions regarding the Science of Reading as well as some key takeaways for educators.
What to Listen for:
- What is the Science of Reading?
- Why is it important for educators to understand the brain science behind how students develop as readers?
- What misconception exist between the Science of Reading and explicit systematic phonics instruction?
- Why is it critical to build background knowledge and vocabulary during the early grades?
- According to National Reading Panel (2000), what are the five essential components of reading instruction?
- What are some key ideas of the Science of Reading?
My hope is that this episode conveys the importance of the Science of Reading and inspires educators to engage in meaningful conversations around this critical concept. The more conversation and knowledge that we engage in around the science of how children develop as readers, the better prepared we are to anticipate our students’ needs and support them as they develop into life-long readers.