Lifers Learning from At-Risk Adolescent Readers

ISBN-10: 0867095148

ISBN-13: 9780867095142

Edition: 2001

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Aaron. Alexis. Bob. Carol. Christian. Cody. David. Eric. Frank. Jasmine. Kayla. Keith. Kim. Kristin. Kristy. Mark. Mick. Patti. Paul. Sergio. Sierra. Stan. These are Pam Mueller's pseudonyms for the twenty-two very real high school students she researched, observed, interviewed, and worked closely with, in preparation for this powerful narrative. "They're all lifers," she writes, "students who have spent all their lives in remedial programs . . . students who have much to teach us . . . if only we will listen." Listen she did and she presents their stories in their own words to support her strong plea for a much more effective literacy curriculum. "Their voices validate much of the research conducted over the past thirty years in the field of reading instruction," Mueller comments. "What is surprising is how despite this knowledge we have continued to employ faulty classroom practices. . . . Lifers they have become, and lifers they will remain." Unwilling to accept this premise, Muelle
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Book details

List price: $31.25
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 9/21/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
At-Risk Adolescents Speak Out: Alexis, Kayla, Mick, and Friends
Lifers: When Readers Struggle From the Start
Alexis's View of Reading
Alexis's View of Herself
The Beginnings of the Struggle
Problems Encountered in the Struggle
Trying to Get Help at School
Parents Step In
Avoidance
From Love to Hate: Educational Practices That Turn Kids Off to Reading
Ineffective Instruction
One Size Does Not Fit All
Choice Makes the Reader
Reading That Emphasizes Decoding Over Understanding
Ineffectual Teacher-Student Connections
Journeys Not Taken: Going Nowhere in Your Reading
The Roots of Mick's Ambivalence
What's the Point?
A Glimpse into the Reader's World
Destination: The Reader's World
Mind Journeys Aren't Easy
Finding Their Way
What These Lifers Teach Us
Seeing Is Believing
If/Then Conclusions
Can We Make a Difference?
A Revised Curriculum and Re-visioned Readers
Reading Workshop I: Laying the Foundation for Change
Reading Workshop in Action: "Do We Really Have to Read Today?"
Course Goal
Program Effectiveness
Students and Space
Class Schedule
Reading Activities
Study Strategies
Setting Expectations
Keeping on Track
Ongoing Assessment and Evaluation
Keeping Parents Informed
Reading Rebound: Preliminary Footings for Those Who Need It Most
"I'm a Reader Now"
Background
Goal
Instructional Model
Choosing the Student
Training and Supporting the Teacher
Assessing Progress
Evaluating Results
Reading Workshop II: Constructing the Framework for Success
"We Can Read and Talk, Read and Talk"
Background
Goal
Learning More About Our Students
Logistics
Reading Beyond the Classroom
Introducing Effective Reading Practices
Learning Together: A Team-Teaching Approach to Instruction
Assessment and Evaluation
Literacy Workshop Electives for Those Who Still Need Support
"I've Got the Knack of It All Right, But Only to a Point"
Background
Goal
Courses
Afterword: What's the Point to All This?
Appendices
References
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