Dec 17, 2022 • 55M

How to Teach Readers

A Conversation with Peter Afflerbach

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Episode details

This podcast episode is an audio recording from a recent conversation with Peter Afflerbach, author of Teaching Readers (Not Reading): Moving Beyond Skills and Strategies to Reader-Focused Instruction (Guilford, 2022).

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Several community members were able to join us and ask questions of Peter. We discussed a variety of topics related to his book, including:

  • Peter’s influences as a reader, teacher, and researcher

  • Paying attention to and appreciating the different factors for teaching readers

  • Beginning with the affective and conative resources when teaching readers

  • The importance of administrative support for teachers to have time to collaborate

  • What writers such as Emily Hanford and Natalie Wexler get wrong in their reporting

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Time stamps for prepared questions

  • 0:30 - Peter’s bio

  • 2:15 - Q1: “Which individuals influenced you as a researcher and as a teacher?”

  • 7:00 - Q2: “From your book, what do you regard as the most important professional contribution of yours or colleagues to the field of literacy instruction?”

  • 10:00 - Q3: “Have you always prioritized teaching readers over teaching reading? Or has this been a change for you over the years - an evolution?”

  • 12:00 - Q4: “Any factors that a teacher might consider focusing on first when shifting toward teaching readers?”

  • 16:20 - Q5: “What are some important trends occurring in education that we should be paying attention to?”

  • 18:00 - Open Q & A with attendees begins.

Key quotes

“The best classrooms are the ones where we pay attention to individual differences.”

“Literacy is important but it is not the end point; it’s the tool that kids use.”

“Science revolves around demonstrable findings and replicating them.”

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Prepared questions were adapted from an interview with P. David Pearson here. H/t to

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