How Holly Learned Category

Don’t Feed Flippy!

Many colleagues in education remain certain. If you hear something about Guided Reading, Reading Recovery, Balanced Literacy, Leveled Literacy, Fountas and Pinnell reading levels, RAZ Kids, miscue analysis, running records, word walls, and probably more that I’m unaware of you might be looking at a similar premise with a new name. Just last week this […]

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Questioning the Authority of Whole Language

I remember this mantra from my Doctoral program: Goodman and Smith Top-Down, Perfetti and Stanovich Bottom-Up. The Top-Down theorists believed that readers are the source of meaning. A skilled reader samples the text, but the print itself takes a lesser role in comparison to how the reader interacts with it. Bottom-Up theorists, on the other […]

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Richard Slipped Through My Fingers

I became a high school speech pathologist after earning a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. I noticed students on my caseload who couldn’t read very well. One student in particular named Richard, a freshman, was unable to read anything at all. I so wish I could share with him what I know now. […]

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How Holly Learned: Doubts, Doubts, and More Doubts

In this series, I tell the story behind why I do what I do. Each of us was once a baby, a child. I hope we were all fortunate enough to have at least one parent who loved us beyond measure and saw us through the good, bad, and ugly of childhood so that we […]

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