The Science, Art, and Craft of Teaching Reading and Writing

60 Minutes

How do we balance the science, art, and craft of teaching reading? We bring a developmental– and classroom-based perspective to the “Science of Reading.” We begin by demonstrating that it is not possible to teach beginning reading effectively without attention to writing as well: Research shows that reading and writing advance together as two faces of the same knowledge coin. For emergent and beginning readers and writers, the development of phonemic awareness, letter-sound knowledge, fluency, and vocabulary are developmentally intertwined. The art and craft of teaching literacy involve understanding this complexity and applying it in the moment with learners.

In this edWebinar, educator and researcher Dr. Shane Templeton shows that by appropriately determining the timing, pacing, and type of instruction for these intertwined types of knowledge, teachers ensure that more learners will successfully attain their literacy potential. For those children who may still struggle, we will be better able to adjust instruction appropriately and effectively.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-5 teachers, literacy coaches, and curriculum leaders.

About the Presenter

Dr. Shane Templeton, co-author of Words Their Way, is Foundation Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a former classroom teacher at the primary and secondary levels. His research has focused primarily on developmental word knowledge in elementary, middle, and high school students, and he has been published in both research and practitioner journals.

In addition to Words Their Way, Shane has authored or co-authored a number of books on the teaching of literacy and word study including Teaching Reading and Writing: The Developmental Approach; Vocabulary Their Way: Word Study for Middle and Secondary Students; and Orthographic Knowledge and the Foundations of Literacy. Since 1987 Shane served as a member of the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary. He has served as an educational consultant for The American Heritage Children’s Dictionary and was a consultant for and wrote the foreword to Curious George’s Dictionary. Shane is co-author of HMH Into Reading as well as numerous previous programs.