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Mary Dahlgren - Understanding the how and why of soundwalls

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Learn interactive and engaging routines to explain the common patterns teachers need to know to teach decoding and encoding effectively and efficiently.

Dr Dahlgren will demonstrate how to build a sound wall with phoneme-grapheme cards and work through two writing samples to analyse spelling errors and discuss how to provide corrective feedback at the phonological and orthographic levels.

Participants will be guided through how the six syllable types are combined to make up words in the English language and assisted to understand the schwa sound and why it makes reading and spelling so difficult. Adding suffixes to words often causes a change in the spelling of the word, participants will be shown simple rules for doubling, dropping, and changing when adding suffixes.

Abour Dr Mary Dahlgren

Dr Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D. is president of MED Consulting and Tools 4 Reading USA. She is currently leading a project working with 8 other literacy coaches in the state of Oklahoma which has provided coaching and professional development for over 100 schools across the state.

Mary has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, professional development provider and consultant to numerous school districts and State Departments of Education in 28 states. Dr Dahlgren is the former Executive Director of Payne Education Center, a non-profit teacher training centre in Oklahoma.

Using a “speech to print” approach in reading instruction makes sense when considering learning to read from the learner’s perspective. Typically, most programs and approaches to reading begin with print and teach students to match letters to sounds.

Visit Dr Dahlgren’s website: https://www.tools4reading.com/

Meet Dr Dahlgren and her cards: https://youtu.be/asqdDu64Q5g


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