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"Eight Steps to Developing a Scientific Approach to Reading Instruction," by Stacy Hurst, Reading Horizons curriculum specialist. Originally published in Scholastic Administrators on March 3, 2016.
I began my career as a first-grade teacher feeling confident that I had been well prepared to teach reading. I graduated from college with a reading endorsement and had maintained reading as a minor throughout the time it took me to complete two degrees. However, a few months into my first year as a teacher, I realized that I wasn’t as prepared as I’d thought. My experience is not uncommon. I have since trained teachers from Alaska to New Jersey—and many places in between—to teach foundational reading skills. During every training session, without fail, someone raises a hand and asks, “Why didn’t we learn this in college?”