Frankly Freddy Blog

TextProject president and CEO Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert blogs about important issues in reading research and practice.

Frankly Freddy entries (published from 2005 to 2014) have been sorted into five topics of literacy learning and instruction. Click here to download the ebook!

Immunizations and treatments in early reading

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 4 August 2010

Might it be that the immunization effort of the past decade in early reading education has contributed to problems that are far more serious than word recognition ever was? Might it even be that students’ word recognition is, in fact, quite good and that it is their background knowledge and engagement in reading that is the real problem?

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Opening the dialogue

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 24 June 2010

There are some children who come to school who officially learn to read in school but who have had hundreds of hours of experiences with books, print, and language play.

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What Exactly is a Decodable Text?

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 17 June 2010

Any text written in English is decodable at some level in that the code never deviates from the alphabetic system. However, the degree to which the letter-sound correspondences within words are common or consistent can vary considerably.

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Whatever Happened to Dick and Jane?

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 4 June 2010

If you were 6 years old between 1930-1967 in the U.S., there is a high likelihood that this text was the first of your school career.

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High-Leverage Action #3

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 14 November 2009

ELLs may have the concepts of a topic but simply give the concepts different labels than the English ones. In a unit on the human body, native Spanish speakers know about a skeleton.

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High-Leverage Action #2

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 7 November 2009

In linguistics, cognates are words that have a common origin.

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High-Leverage Action #1

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 31 October 2009

We know that oral language is a primary way in which meaning gets constructed and built. Through talk, we come to understand concepts and our interpretations and ownership of ideas.

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High-Leverage Actions That Can Make a Difference

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 29 October 2009

As facilitator of the 2009 CREATE conference, I promised attendees that I would reflect on what I view to the important take-aways from the conference and share them in this venue.

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Private, Personal, and Peculiar

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 1 October 2009

An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be established by a literal translation of the words in the phrase.

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