Applying the Science of Reading Through the Brain's Backdoor to Fast-Track Phonics Mastery
Research on the science of reading brings us closer to understanding how the brain learns to read, but not how the brain actually learns. This distinction is important when considering the “end user” may be a 5 year-old eating his shoe...or a struggling, upper grade reader already at risk. Abstract and complex phonics terminology (i.e. diphthongs, trigraphs, fricatives, nasalizations, etc.) can be overwhelming, even for teachers! Our brains are wired to make connections and it's easier to learn and store information when there's an emotional hook to hang it on. The early-developing affective, or "feeling-based” neural networks are primed long before the higher-level, executive processing centers are formed. By aligning complex phonics skills with readily familiar feelings and understanding, like having a crush (au/aw) or getting hurt (ou/ow), we can leverage learners' emotional intelligence to fast-track their phonics knowledge and get them reading—easier, earlier and faster!
Katie Garner, M.Ed., is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with 30 years' experience working in classrooms across the US and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning. Her “backdoor-to-the-brain” approach to fast-tracking phonics skills for reading shifts the paradigms associated with traditional phonics instruction. Katie's fast-paced, dynamic presentations spotlight "brain-changing" strategies for simplifying science of reading-based instruction by aligning existing curriculum with the latest neural research on how our brains learn best. Her practical and evidence-proven methods for bringing neuroscience into the forefront of literacy and learning have been shared in both lecture and panel discussion at Harvard University and MIT. Katie’s work has also been the subject of numerous professional journal articles and publications, including the recent release of several RCT research studies, having met the highest standard of evidence under ESSA Tier I–Strong. Katie is the author of the best-selling, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind, and her Facebook Group, Science of Reading Meets Science of Learning with Secret Stories has become a literacy learning hub for almost 106,000 educators, worldwide. https://bit.ly/SecretStoriesGroup