The conversations in the Reading Horizons Teachers League Facebook group have grown and deepened in the past year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It goes to show that educators are a strong community of people who have their students’ best interests at heart. In order to grow students’ interest and skill in reading, educators understand that using games, giving students accountability, and building mastery rather than memorization are especially effective.
At first, the group was intended to be a safe haven for us to give educators support on their phonics-based literacy program. Now, the educators are the ones providing ideas, answering questions, and giving support to fellow educators who are new to the program.
Here are a few of the hot topics discussed in our virtual educators’ lounge this year.
In with new spelling tests
Rather than limiting students to memorizing 10 to 20 new words each week, educators are using phonics lessons to inform reading and spelling instruction. Educators tackle one skill at a time, and students are tested on words that follow the skill.