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About the presenter

Maryann McBridealt is a Reading Recovery teacher leader at Clemson University. Before joining the Clemson Reading Recovery Center, Maryann spent 30 years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher, and Reading Recovery teacher leader for Prince George's County Public Schools.

The Reading Recovery project in Prince George's County, MD, was the largest urban implementation in the world. Maryann was responsible for a site of more than 190 Reading Recovery teachers in more than 120 schools. She served as a teacher leader for 12 years after completing her training at The Ohio State University.

Maryann is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences and is known for her ability to analyze and use data for student, teacher, and program improvement. She is also one of several Reading Recovery professionals featured in Dr. Carol Lyons' book on teaching struggling readers..


Letter and Word Learning in the Early Literacy Classroom

Letter learning alone is not sufficient to assure competent reading and writing: it is, however, foundational in literacy learning. We should not assume that alphabet learning is simple or easy. Includes downloadable handouts.

This presentation covers topics including:

  • Seeing a letter-symbol as a distinct entity
  • Letter learning and the demands on memory
  • Sensory store
  • Short-term memory
  • Long-term memory
  • How to help children - especially those who find this difficult
  • Learning new letters
  • Extending letter knowledge
  • Personal alphabet books made by children
  • Elkonin boxes

Length of Session
Approximately 60 minutes


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