Teacher Tip Sheets
Over the last few months, we have been working on creating a selection of resources that can be downloaded free of charge. The goal of these resources will be to help teachers better understand our in-depth language system. The Teacher Tip Sheets provide specific information about the concepts covered in each book, as well as practical lesson ideas such as word lists for reading and spelling. These sheets are being offered for free download because the more we (as a community of educators) understand about our language, the more powerful decodable books can be for our students.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank three of my colleagues who have spent hours working on these sheets. Shari Kudsia and Helen Maclean have taken over the writing of the sheets - I cannot thank you enough for the hours of time you have dedicated to this project! Mara Hockenhull has also spent hours with us, reviewing these sheets, helping clarify wording, and choosing examples that best demonstrate concepts. You three are the best, and I cannot thank you enough for your friendship, your knowledge, and your amazing gift of time, which you have given so generously. I will always look back on the writing and editing process as being filled with debate, laughter, learning, and endless fun! (Only other self-proclaimed “word geeks” will get how fun this has been!) I will be forever grateful for having met the three of you, and for our amazing teacher Liisa Freure (Fundamental Learning, Toronto), who started us all on this amazing journey!