The Science of Reading - A True Classic

October 14, 2022

Unlike trendy items like butterfly clips and windbreakers from the 1990’s (and apparently 2022), consider the Science of Reading the classic little black dress of education. Classics are timeless for a reason: they work. This is evidenced by the emergence of LETRS as one of the most popular PD investments districts are currently making.

Based on brain science and research, The Science of Reading shows how students learn to read and which instructional practices lead to success. Cognitive scientists conducted research on how we learn to read. This research points to the necessity of including explicit instruction in reading, including phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

The Science of Reading recommends that complex texts not be leveled when students are close reading. Say goodbye to round-robin reading groups. Instead, give students support to build comprehension on grade level with read-aloud support, multiple reads with teachers and peers, and explicit vocabulary instruction.  

Teach word-building patterns. Rather than “teachable moments” when stumbling across a word with a silent E. Teach silent E systematically as a word pattern to build a repertoire of strategies students can pull from when attacking an unfamiliar word. Explicit instruction in phonics and word structure is the primary differentiator when identifying a program based on the Science of Reading.

Other critical components in the Science of Reading come from brain science, specifically working memory and auditory processing. Working memory is beyond memorization. Working memory is applying a piece of knowledge to a related task. While this is a natural function of the brain, it is essential to be intentional with its development and function as part of learning to read.

Explicit and systematic reading instruction is the training and application of these brain functions that highly impact student success in reading. The Science of Reading extends beyond phonics but involves cognitive tasks' complexities. Research shows students are better readers when reading instruction is intentional and explicit.

Teachers embracing the Science of Reading now take to the task of using this knowledge to build better readers while continuing to nurture a love of reading.

So, can we all agree not to bring back those “trendy” low-rise jeans from the 90s and stick with a true classic like the Science of Reading? Read more about it in our latest white paper.

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