Through participation in the course, students will:
Evaluate an effective amount of isolated skill work, direct instruction, and application of phonics in reading and writing.
Understand that the types of words and books selected impact how a reader solves words
Determine a balance of decodable text, leveled texts, and trade books in a solid phonics and literacy program. Understand the importance and uses of a variety of texts.
Review the research on how students acquire early literacy skills.
Learn and practice instructional routines to build phonics and fluency skills.
Learn, practice, and extend methods for holding students accountable to taught phonics skills in reading and writing
Actively participate in weekly classes, discussions, and successfully complete all assignments, including reading that is assigned between classes.
Compare and contrast existing resources, including current phonics and phonological and phonemic awareness programs.
Share action steps and reflection with the full group.
Examine current practice and make necessary adjustments.
As mentioned above, share out to a group beyond the classmates and instructors.
Resources/Course Materials: *
Blevins, W. (2021). Choosing and Using Decodable Texts. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Blevins, W. (2017). A Fresh Look at Phonics: Common Causes of Failure and 7 Ingredients for Success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Various prompting guides
Selected articles will be used and provided as needed.
This course uses a constructive model of learning. Each participant is expected and required to discuss, teach, and learn on a daily basis. Attendance and active participation are critical. Absence from class and poor participation may result in denial of credit.
Evaluation and Grading
Course work and participation will be evaluated by the instructors. Grading will be S/U (successful/unsuccessful) Determination of the final grade is based on the following:
Reading of the assigned resources and relating the ideas within the readings to designing and delivering effective phonics and application in reading and writing instruction and practice.
Class interaction and participation
Field work (Participants will make a commitment to implement within the current school year.)
Share out beyond this class