Teaching Essentials Expecting the Most and Getting the Best from Every Learner, K-8

ISBN-10: 0325010811

ISBN-13: 9780325010816

Edition: 2007

Authors: Regie Routman

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s What makes a teacher outstanding? More than anything, it's a way of being with kids in the classroom that lets them know they're smart and capable of high achievement. When you combine this mindset with effective instruction, teaching and learning are transformed. In Teaching Essentials, Regie Routman gives us as much of a blueprint for achieving this powerful, responsive teaching as we're ever going to get. s Drawing on her extensive work with students who have excelled against great odds, Regie shares the principles and practices that help all students and teachers reach their full potential. Teaching Essentials shows teachers and principals how to build an efficient and joyful practice by: setting lessons and activities in a meaningful context using an Optimal Learning Model to organize teaching and gradually release responsibility to students demonstrating reading, writing, and thinking for students so they have explicit models to follow articulating high expectations for every student, including ELLs and struggling learners, and ensuring that they meet them embedding assessment into all aspects of instruction and planning employing the reading - writing connection to improve comprehension motivating writers by always writing for real audiences and purposes implementing a schoolwide coaching model for higher achievement and a more fulfilling collaboration with colleagues. s A companion website, www.regieroutman.com, provides additional information, including a downloadable, easy-to-use study guide to promote professional conversations and video clips of Regie teaching so you can view and review the language and routines behind engaging, responsive instruction and learning. The Teaching Essentials book and website are ideal for individual, whole school, and district-widesprofessional development.
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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 9/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

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 and Other Resources
A Brief History of a Literacy Teacher, Learner, and Writer
Look Beyond What You See
Invite Everyone into the Learning Community
Assume All Students Are Capable
Value Diverse Languages and Cultures
Raise Your Expectations
Avoid Sympathy
Aim High
Create on "I Can Do It!" Learning Environment
Let Students Know: "I Will Help You Discover the Possibilities"
Ensure That All Voices Are Heard
Act and Speak Respectfully
Demonstrate the Power of Writing
Do More Writing for Valued Audiences and Purposes
Use Writing as a Way into Reading
Do More Shared Reading from Shared Writing Texts
Read and Write Texts That Embody an "I Can Do It!" Spirit
Cheer Students On
Give Students Specific Praise
Celebrate Small Accomplishments
Make Celebration Part of Everything You Do
Become an "Expert at Smartness"
Engage in Professional Study
Get Professional Conversations Going
Remain a Learner
View Teaching as a Craft
Align Your Beliefs with Your Practices
Examine Your Beliefs and Keep an Open Mind
Rely on Common Sense
Notice and Value What You Do as a Reader and Writer
Advocate for Your Students
Conserve Time and Energy
Communicate with Stakeholders
Take a Leadership Role
Use Programs as a Resource
Recognize Colleagues' Strengths
Acknowledge the Significant Role of the Principal
Use Technology Wisely
Focus on Meaning First
Rely on a Whole-Part-Whole Teaching Approach
Start with Relevant Purpose
Use Authentic Reading and Writing Activities
Embed Skills as a Means to a Worthwhile End
Provide More Demonstrations
Plan with the End in Mind
Start with the Student, Not the Standard
Know and Apply the Standards
Teach It First; Label It Later
Plan for Independence
Make Curriculum Relevant, Interesting, and Challenging
Connect Content to Students' Lives
Teach for Understanding
Use a Required Textbook as a Shared Read-Aloud
Make No Assumptions
Highlight Key Vocabulary
Make It Smart to Ask Questions
Embed Assessment in All Teaching
Teach Responsively
Provide Useful Feedback
Focus on the Students: Begin with Assessment
Examine Student Work
Rethink Grouping Structures in Reading
Rely on Essential Grouping
Meet with Skills Groups as Necessary
Value and Employ Multiple Assessments
Collect and Analyze Your Assessment Data to Improve Instruction
Continuously Check for Understanding
Apply a Useful Framework
Teach for Independent, Self-Directed Learners
Apply the Optimal Learning Model
Do Lots of Frontloading
Capitalize on Shared Experiences
Embrace Scaffolded Conversations
Set Up the Learning Environment for Success
Monitor Your Own Teaching
Make Management Easy
Teach with a Sense of Urgency
Be Direct, Firm, and Kind
Provide Choice Within Structure
Let Students Help You Determine Procedures and Behavior
Create a Beautiful and Organized Environment
Keep Things Simple and Organized
Make Resources Useful and Accessible
Make Practice and Independent Work Worthwhile
Place Responsibility on the Students
Teach Students to Self-Monitor and Self-Evaluate
Teach Self-Checking
Expect Basic Conventions to Be Correct
Teach Students How to Take Over Goal Setting
Teach Students How to Self-Direct Small, Collaborative Groups
Prepare Students for Testing
Put Schoolwide Coaching into Practice
Remember, It's Harder Than It Looks
Rethink Your Coaching Plan
Put a Whole-School Plan into Practice
Make Sure Coaching Is Nonthreatening, Nonevaluative, and Focused on Student Learning
Add Shared Experiences to Any Coaching Instruction
Expand the Role of Principal to Co-Teacher and Support Teacher
Provide Time, Support, and Trust for All-School Coaching
Meet the Challenge: The Effort Is Worth It
Live a Full Life
Let Yourself Be Known
Tell Stories with Relish
Have More Fun
Rely on Hope
Notes and References
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