Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: What Should Remain from Balanced Literacy


  • Caitlin Schreck University of Houston


science of teaching reading, balanced literacy, structured literacy


As teachers transition to more science-backed ways of teaching reading, many may be left wondering what should remain from their former practices. This article discusses lessons learned from a teacher working in the field for the last ten years and navigating the changing landscape of literacy teaching, specifically moving from a balanced literacy approach to structured literacy. After discussing tenets, strengths, and criticisms of both approaches, the article lays out three common, research-backed features of balanced literacy teaching worth incorporating into structured literacy teaching.


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