I enjoyed this mix of in-person and individual learning. It provided me with a better understanding of how to teach foundational literacy (phonics) to middle schoolers. I feel better prepared and confident about how to approach this instruction for my struggling readers.
The asynchronous lessons were organized and allowed me to work on them as I had time. The content was beneficial and helped me understand how I can help struggling readers.
I am Candace Brockman, and I am currently teaching first grade. Literacy Masterminds have helped me really hone in on the phonemic awareness and all of the arms of teaching literacy! I have a small group template that I can use and update weekly for individual students and my small groups. I felt supported by my facilitators and my team that I worked with! I learned quite a bit, including how the brain works when students are learning letters and sounds! I’ve been ignited!
The best thing about Literacy Masterminds is learning the science and the WHY behind everything we were learning. Having the tools and deliverables to immediately implement and do the work with our students has been so helpful. I would absolutely recommend Literacy Masterminds to a colleague who wanted to grow in their understanding and practice of teaching kids how to read!
I teach kindergarten, and my name is Ms. G. The best thing about the Literacy Mastermind is that it gave new light on how children learn and how best to promote success. I feel the knowledge learned will make a significant difference in the approaches going forth in our school community in teaching literacy. In talking about the class, I would let my colleagues know it is informative, inspiring, and beneficial because it demonstrates benefits we as educators can use to get our students reading. I give it two thumbs up!
I am a Literacy Coach for grades K-5 and have participated in two Literacy Masterminds PDs. The content has been so informative and relevant, and the presenters are engaging and knowledgeable. The facilitators do an amazing job connecting the material to experience, answering questions to clarify information, and creating opportunities for meaningful interactions between participants. The skills and resources I’ve acquired through participating in Literacy Masterminds have made an invaluable impact on the reading abilities of children in the classrooms I serve.
I just completed my second year as a third-grade ELA teacher, and Literacy Masterminds has been crucial to my professional development. With each session, I felt more prepared to teach my students. Thanks to Literacy Masterminds, I not only have a better understanding of how the brain learns to read, but also how to best foster this learning through my instruction.
Fluency and Syllable Series
I was reluctant at first and not excited about “another training,” BUT I will say I unexpectedly found it useful. As my days as an elementary school student a few years ago 😏… I do not remember how I actually learned to read words, and I struggle to help an 8th grader who only knew her ABCs this year. While it is not every student that needs this intensive intervention, it has helped her build confidence as she can read and spell better than she did in August. These skills can help students who struggle with grade-level ‘big’ words as well.
And also, as I was learning these basic reading skills, I found I was able to help my own 2nd grader with his homework as he was learning CLOSED and OPEN SYLLABLES LIKE I WAS!!!
It is basic literacy learning I didn’t know I needed. Thanks!
Fluency and Syllable Series
As someone who has always taught secondary, I found it very interesting to learn how to help students break down words into their syllable patterns for decoding. We have so many struggling readers; this will assist me in designing effective lessons to meet their needs.
My name is Aliyah and I am a 4th-grade teacher in Southeast D.C. I love how adaptable this program is and they actually listen to feedback and make changes almost immediately. I have been able to express concerns or interests and find it implemented in the following week’s lesson. This has been the most responsive program I have EVER done. This program has really helped me to build my skill set to teach phonics to upper elementary since there are huge learning gaps I see on a day-to-day basis. I feel way more confident now in my ability to teach and identify phonics gaps which my school did not support me in. I HIGHLY recommend this program to anyone looking to gain more insight about foundational learning skills and the Science of Reading as Literacy Masterminds (Hannah and Seema!!) have been God sends to me on my journey as a first-year in-person teacher. Thank you so much again and I look forward to taking more classes!
Very informative about syllable types! Also useful to learn about the purposes for silent e (besides VCe) — I have taught some of those rules to students, but never presented all of them together like that and I feel like that information is critical for both decoding and encoding.
This course is amazing if you’re looking for solid information about HOW to teach fluency, which I didn’t understand clearly prior to this course. It really gave me the time, space, resources, and confidence to get better at specific planning for student fluency. Also, Hannah and Seema are amazing! This course was a 10/10!
The quote that has really stuck with me about fluency is that students need two things to develop fluency — to hear fluent, modeled reading . . . and to practice that same passage. This helped me simplify my thinking about what we needed to plan. The fluency routine was a really effective way to show how we can go deeper into a text to support fluency.
I would strongly encourage my teaching colleagues to enroll in a Literacy Mastermind course. The instructors are motivating, in addition to knowledgeable. Further, while the content includes theory, it is also highly practical, enabling its quick and effective application in the classroom.”
The time to adapt what we are learning about to our own specific circumstances was useful, as well as the support provided as we worked. It was helpful to troubleshoot who needs to be assessed and how to plan to fit those assessments in. The guiding questions were helpful because even though the time was short I was able jot down some concrete steps. I wish we had more time!
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