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!

Read-Alouds That Inspire

March 9, 2021

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

As students return to school, there’s been pressure from parents, administrators, and others to make up for what students may have missed during their absence from the classroom. Everyone is anxious that students get back on track. But what about the sRead More »Read-Alouds That Inspire

Results May Vary: Do First-Grade Reading Curriculum and Instruction Need to Be Adapted?

January 25, 2021

Elfrieda H. Hiebert & Alia Pugh

Beginning readers have different levels of proficiency, but many may follow a similar path as they learn new words and orthographic patterns. This may not be the case for those with the lowest levels of ability, so curriculum and instruction should take into account the needs of those who depend most on their in-school literacy experiences.

Feature Presentation: How Familiarity and Concreteness Can Help Beginning Readers Learn New Words

January 5, 2021

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Teachers can help beginning readers master more than half of the 2,500 most frequently occurring word families by focusing on words they have already acquired in oral language and words with high concreteness ratings.

What is the Best Way to Teach Vocabulary?

November 18, 2020

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

With over 600,000 words in written English, which ones should English Language Arts teachers teach, and how?

Teaching Networks of Words

August 13, 2020

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Students have trouble learning and retaining lists of unconnected words. Teaching words in networks helps students form connections among the words, bolstering their understanding.

Getting Back to the Page & Staying There

July 16, 2020

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Reading is all about knowledge; it’s not just for practice.

Bad with Names: Why Proper Names Deserve Instructional Attention

January 28, 2020

Alia Pugh and Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Rare words typically make up only 5% or less of the total words in texts, but it’s often these words that get students anxious about reading.

A Whole New World of Vocabulary Instruction

January 21, 2020

Elfrieda H. Hiebert and Alia Pugh

Words are not only a means of communicating, but a foundation of learning.

Not All Rare Words Are Sesquipedalian!

January 15, 2020

Alia Pugh and Elfrieda H. Hiebert

A small part of the English vocabulary accounts for the majority of the words in the texts students read across the grades – but some of the words may surprise you.

What Does It Mean To Be A Digitally Literate Scholar?

November 27, 2018

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Some thoughts for Literacy Research Association session: Opening up the ivory tower: Examining the elements of open, digitally engaged scholarship (November 28, 2018, Indian Wells, CA)