What is Balanced Literacy?

When asked how they teach reading, many teachers pride themselves that they are teaching ‘balanced literacy’ in their classroom.  This idea seems to imply that they are covering all the approaches their pupils may need to learn to read.  But what is ‘balanced literacy?’ Can it be defined or measured?

Read this article by Professor Pamela Snow.  She explains the problems with using ‘balanced literacy’ as a teaching approach especially with children who are lagging behind.


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