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!

March 9, 2021

Read-Alouds That Inspire

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

   

January 25, 2021

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

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.

   

January 5, 2021

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

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.

   

November 18, 2020

What is the Best Way to Teach Vocabulary?

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

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

   

August 13, 2020

Teaching Networks of Words

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.

   

July 16, 2020

Getting Back to the Page & Staying There

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

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

   

January 28, 2020

Bad with Names: Why Proper Names Deserve Instructional Attention

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.

   

January 21, 2020

A Whole New World of Vocabulary Instruction

Elfrieda H. Hiebert and Alia Pugh

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

   

January 15, 2020

Not All Rare Words Are Sesquipedalian!

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.

   

November 27, 2018

What Does It Mean To Be A Digitally Literate Scholar?

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)