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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!

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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Welcome back, Freddy

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 11 September 2009

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Everyday Events

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 9 September 2009

Vocabulary is one of the topics that Cassidy and Cassidy listed as hot in Reading Today. Vocabulary should always be a hot topic in that it forms the foundation of knowing and learning anything. A typical direction that educators take when a topic is hot is to think of lessons and materials and curriculum. These things are part of the solution but an additional resource lies in the everyday talk of classrooms. Language is the medium of human interaction and, like any human context, language fills classroom life.

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Word Findings #8

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 7 March 2008

Word consciousness is much more than knowing about words or even knowing many words. Word consciousness is also a disposition—an appreciation of words and an interest in them.

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Word Findings #7

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 19 December 2007

Beyond the primary grades, the language of written texts becomes more sophisticated than the language of oral language. This doesn’t mean, however, that students don’t need numerous opportunities to hear and express sophisticated vocabulary in oral language.

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Word Findings #6

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 5 November 2007

Emphasizing vocabulary as a first step of a lesson makes sense in that different languages use different words to represent the same concepts. Students may already have the concept in their native language or at least some relevant background knowledge to the concept.

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Word Findings #5

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 30 August 2007

School texts, especially those in content areas, have a special register called academic language. Within the academic language of content area textbooks, distinctions can be made in vocabulary.

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Word Findings #4

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 17 April 2007

If educators are to make a dent in the vocabulary gap that currently exists between low- and high-achieving students, disciplined ways of selecting words for instruction—and assessments—are needed.

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