Reading Essentials The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well

ISBN-10: 0325004927
ISBN-13: 9780325004921
Edition: 2002
Authors: Regie Routman
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List price: $36.88
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/4/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

With all the controversy and confusion over "best practice" issues in teaching reading, someone with the necessary experience, the ability to take the long view, and most of all a level head is essential to set things straight. This is where Regie Routman steps in: giving clarity, support, specific demonstrations, and confidence to teachers so they can teach reading in a manner that is consistent with research and learning theory and respectful of students' needs, interests, and abilities. In Reading Essentials, she realistically describes how to achieve these goalsand get high test scores too. Based on her continuing work teaching in schools, Routman proves that good teaching doesn't have to mean lots of hours spent planning. What's necessary is good thinkingthinking about what matters to kids, what kids need to know, how we can move them forward, and how to ensure that they comprehend and enjoy what they readincluding struggling students. Readers will discover research-based stra

Regie Routman's intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and dedication to children's success have made her one of the most vibrant and respected names in literacy education. Her books, Teaching Essentials; Writing Essentials; Reading Essentials; Conversations; Literacy at the Crossroads; Invitations; The Blue Pages; and Transitions, all published by Heinemann, have encouraged hundreds of thousands of teachers to take charge of their professional learning and create efficient, joyful practices. Currently she is dedicating herself to a new, dynamic framework to support teachers' professional development. The DVD-based Regie Routman in Residence supports in-depth, yearlong literacy staff development that replicates the demonstration teaching she conducts in weeklong residencies and brings to life the practices she advocates in Teaching Essentials. Regie continues to inform and inspire teachers as a language arts coach in schools across the country, as a sp

A Note About Notes
Acknowledgments
The Essential Reading Life
Simplify Your Teaching Life
Why Reading Essentials?
Be as Knowledgeable as You Can Be
There Is No One "Right" or Best Way
Question Research
Teach What's Essential to the Well-Being of the Child as a Learner and a Developing Person
What About Learners with Special Needs?
Teach to the Child, Not the Label
View Teaching as an Art Supported by Science
Bond with Your Students
How Does Bonding Work?
Work Your Magic with Students
Ensure Early Success for Every Child
Model Respect
Encourage Shared Decision Making
Bring in Stories
Tell the Stories of Your Life
Value Children's Stories
Read Stories Aloud
Get to Know Your Students as Readers
Learn About Students' Reading Lives at Home
Enjoy Your Students
Celebrate Your Life
Share Your Reading Life
Tell Students Why You Read
Share Your Reading Habits
Let Students Know What You Are Reading and What You Will Read Next
Share Your Passion for Reading
Discuss the Importance and Pleasure of Having a Personal Library
Talk About Favorite Authors and Favorite Books
Talk About How Book Clubs Work
Explain How You Choose Books to Read
Read a Variety of Genres
Maintain a Reading Record
Show Your Students How You Read
Demonstrate Your Pleasure in Reading
The Essential Reading Day
Teach with a Sense of Urgency
Do More Teaching
Rely on an Optimal Learning Model
Demonstration
Shared Demonstration
Guided Practice
Independent Practice
Understand and Apply the Learning Model
Work Toward Independence
Promote Joy in Learning
Put the Learning Model into Action
Integrate Basic Skills into Challenging, Relevant Curriculum
Focus on Language Acquisition, Not Just Letters and Sounds
Ground Phonemic Awareness Work in Language Play
Maximize Whole-Class Teaching
Include Interactive Reading
Connect Reading with Writing
How Much Written Response Is Appropriate?
Create Your Own Texts for Shared, Guided, and Independent Reading
Put It into Action: An Integrated Reading-Writing Lesson
Summary of Reading-Writing Activities
Text-Solving Activities
Word-Solving Activities
Raise Your Expectations
Organize an Outstanding Classroom Library
Classroom Libraries and Books Improve Reading Achievement
Expand Access for Struggling Readers
Be Sure to Include and Value "Light Reading"
Take a Critical Look at Your Classroom Library
Provide Lots of Choices and Books
Find Out Students' Favorite Authors, Series, and Book Titles
Pay Attention to Students' Interests and De-emphasize Leveled Books
Include Lots of Nonfiction
Make Books and Book Talk "Hot" in Your Classroom
Make Classroom and School Libraries Attractive, Comfortable, and Accessible for Reading
Involve Your Students in Library Design and Organization
Teach Students How to Care for Books
Start a Summer Reading Program
Classroom Libraries Simplify Guided Reading
There Is No Substitute for Quality Books
Plan for and Monitor Independent Reading
Students Need to Do More Reading
Struggling Readers Need Much More Time to Read
What Do We Mean by an Independent Reading Program?
Research Strongly Supports Independent Reading
Connect Independent Reading with Teaching and Evaluating
Notice Where Independent Reading Fits in the Optimal Learning Model
An Independent Reading Program Is Essential
Set Up Classroom Procedures
Value Independent Reading in Kindergarten
Depend on Partner Reading
Evaluate Partner Reading
Teach Students How to Select "Just-Right" Books
Establish Selection Guidelines
Demonstrate That Reading Words Accurately Is Not Enough
Don't Underestimate the Importance of Choice
Make Assessment Instruction's Working Partner
Make Assessment Work for You and Your Students
Make Assessment and Evaluation a Daily Routine
Regularly Evaluate Students Regarding the Texts They Are Reading
Conduct Informal Reading Conferences
A Framework for an Informal Reading Conference
Child-Friendly Reading Goals
Teach Intentionally
Try Some Informal Reading Conferences
Use Standards and High-Stakes Testing to Improve Comprehension
Make Ongoing Accountability Central to Teaching Reading
Have a School Policy in Place
Work to Change Cumbersome District Policies
Teaching Essentials
Teach Comprehension
Teach Comprehension Right from the Start
Start with the Texts Students Are Reading
Demonstrate That Proficient Readers Use Many Strategies
Be Careful About How You Teach Comprehension
Balance Explicit Instruction with Lots of Time for Application
Teach and Apply Your Own Comprehension Processes
Make Your Reading/Thinking Process Visible
Teach Rereading as the Single Most Useful Strategy
Use Writing to Help Recall Key Points
Teach Students to Survey Text Before They Begin to Read
Make Connections
Teach Self-Monitoring as Crucial to Understanding
Interact with Peers to Increase Comprehension and Enjoyment
Use Texts That Are Easy Enough and Meaningful Enough to Support Comprehension
Keep Fluency in Perspective
Teach Students How to Ask Significant Questions
Use Caution and Common Sense When Teaching Strategies
Emphasize Shared Reading
Make Shared Reading an Integral Part of Your Reading Program
Notice Where Shared Reading Fits in the Optimal Learning Model
Use Shared Reading to Demonstrate Reading of All Kinds of Texts
Add Shared Reading Aloud
A Framework for Shared Reading Aloud for All Grades
Observe Shared Reading Aloud in Action
Enjoy a Picture Book in a Shared Read-Aloud
Present an Informational Book Through a Shared Read-Aloud
Introduce a Literary Genre Through a Shared Read-Aloud
Evaluate Shared Reading Aloud
Examine Guided Reading
Clarify Guided Reading for Yourself
Understand Where Guided Reading Fits in the Optimal Learning Model
Be Cautious About How You Group Children
Create Opportunities for Flexible Grouping
Choose Books for Guided Reading Carefully
Examine Your Book Collection for Quality
Qualities of an Excellent Text for Guided Reading
Establish a Workable Schedule
Broaden Your Groups and Shorten the Time You Meet with Them
Examine Your Instructional Reading Schedule
Be Flexible About Guided Reading in Kindergarten
Make Management Easy and Meaningful
Have Students Spend Most of Reading Time Reading
Make Sure Your Literacy Centers Are Worth the Time They Take
Make Sure Your Management Techniques Are "Manageable"
Model Exactly What You Expect Students to Do
Evaluate How Well Students Not in a Guided Reading Group Have Managed Themselves
Plan Your Guided Reading Lessons with a Focus on Meaning
Some Important Purposes for Guided Reading
A Framework for Thinking About a Guided Reading Lesson
Essential Materials for Guided Reading
Excerpts from Guided Reading Groups
Readers Who Struggle
High-Achieving Readers
Average Readers
High Average Readers
Advocacy Is Also Essential
Build on Best Practice, Know the Research, and Use Programs as a Resource
Build on Best Practices in Teaching Reading
Be Knowledgeable About Relevant Research
Be Informed About the Influential National Reading Panel Report
Know and Apply the Research on Effective Teaching
Use Programs Only as a Resource
Take a Close Look at Your Commercial Basal Reader
Become Knowledgeable About Direct Instruction
Ask Questions Before Any Program Adoption
A Word About Computerized Reading-Incentive Programs
Take Professional Responsibility for What You Believe
You Only Have So Much Time
Live an Interesting Life
Spend Most of Your Time Thinking
Trust Your Own Experiences to Help You Plan Well
Keep Work Meaningful
Keep Work Simple
Make Every Minute Count
Use All Time Spent with Your Students to Teach and Assess
Make Ongoing Evaluation Part of Every Literacy Activity
Keep a Lively Pace
Create Structures That Maximize Participation and Learning
Fight for More Time for Students Who Struggle
Use Transitional Periods as Teaching Times
Introduce "Mystery Words"
Make Work Done While Waiting for the Bell to Ring Sensible and Pleasurable
Make Resources in the Room Useful and Easy to Access
Minimize Coloring
Reduce Interruptions
Reevaluate Time Blocks
Look at Your Schedule Carefully
Make Time for Ongoing Professional Development
Sample Teacher Schedules
Take Part in Schoolwide Conversations
Make Time for Personal and Professional Reading
Do Less, More Effectively
Build in Time to Reflect
Cultivate a Love of Learning
Enjoy!
Without Human Caring, the Best Science Is Minimally Effective
Appendices
Selected Strategies for Struggling Readers
12 Practices of the Most Effective Teachers
Letters to Parents
Why Independent Reading Is Necessary
Help Your Child Choose a "Just-Right" Book and Encourage Home Reading
Choosing Books
Use the Goldilocks Strategy to Choose Books
Choosing Books for Independent Reading
SSR Reading
Reading Forms
Informal Reading Conference
Reading Log
Monthly Recording
Brief Definitions of Terms
Notes
Index

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