Shifting the Balance

6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom

By: Jan Burkins, Kari Yates

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Code: SHP4641

ISBN: 9781760946418

No of Pages: 197

Publish Date: 24 May 2022

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These days, it seems that everyone has a strong opinion about how to teach young children to read. Some may brush off the current tension as nothing more than one more round of ‘the reading wars’. Others may avoid the clash altogether due to the uncivilised discourse that sometimes results. Certainly, sorting the signal from the noise is no easy task.

In this leading-edge book, authors Jan Burkins and Kari Yates address this tension as a critical opportunity to look closely at the research, re-evaluate current practices and embrace new possibilities for an even stronger enactment of balanced literacy.

From phonological processing to brain research to orthographic mapping to self-teaching hypothesis, Shifting the balance cuts through the rhetoric (and the sciencey science) to offer readers a practical guide to decision-making. The authors honour the balanced literacy perspective while highlighting common practices to reconsider and revise – all through a lens of what’s best for the students sitting in front of us.

Across six shifts, each chapter:

  • identifies a common instructional practice to reconsider
  • explores various misunderstandings that establish and keep that practice in play
  • shares scientific research to support its reconsideration
  • proposes an instructional shift to apply a new perspective
  • details several high-leverage instructional routines to support implementation of that shift.

By pinpointing gaps and overlaps – as well as common misunderstandings and missed opportunities between the competing lines of thought – Jan and Kari offer busy educators direction and clarification for integrating science and balance into their daily instruction, while keeping meaningful experiences with text a priority.

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Price A$49.95
ISBN 9781760946418
Publish date 2022-05-24 00:00:00
Partner ID 20458
Partner Name Stenhouse Publishers
Key Learning Area Professional development