Research-based Literacy Techniques, K-12
The International Reading Association (IRA) recently launched two free audio podcast series. The first series, “Class Acts: Ideas for Teaching Reading and Writing”, focuses on teaching techniques that are research-based and classroom tested. In about 10 minutes, teachers get ideas about instructional strategies appropriate for particular learners or geared toward specific reading skills. New Class Acts podcasts will be available every two to three weeks. The current podcasts are:

  • Teaching Vocabulary in Middle and High School
  • Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum
  • Phonics Through Shared Reading
  • Phrasing for Fluency
  • Teaching Key Vocabulary
  • Understanding the Big Idea
  • Supporting Struggling Adolescent Readers
The other podcast series, “IRA Insights”, features literacy leaders talking about their perspectives on a range of topics. The newest podcast features Jack Cassidy as he traces the 12-year history of his annual survey of literacy leaders to determine what’s hot or should be hot in the field of reading.

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