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This is the time to think boldly about adolescent literacy. So much of what we know about adolescents and their learning has changed in the last decade, and since then both the world of education and the world at large have become very different places. Adolescent Literacy convenes a conversation among today's most important educational thinkers and practitioners to address crucial advances in research on adolescent learning, to assess which of our current practices meets the challenges of the twenty-first century, and to discover transformative ideas and methods that turn the promise of education into instructional practice.
In Adolescent Literacy renowned educators Kylene Beers, Bob Probst, and Linda Rief lead twenty-eight of the most important and widely read educators across the country in a conversation about where we are in the teaching of literacy to adolescents and how best to move forward. From researchers to classroom teachers, from long-treasured voices to important new members of the education community, Adolescent Literacy includes the thoughts of central figures in the field today.
Adolescent Literacy discusses the most provocative issues of our time, including:
Each of its chapters builds on the previous to create a unified story of adolescent literacy that will help all middle and secondary teachers and administrators envision literacy instruction in exciting new ways. In addition Adolescent Literacy'sassessment rubrics for teachers, administrators, and staff developers make it an ideal resource for schoolwide and districtwide professional development, while its accompanying study guide is perfect for small-group discussions.
Now is indeed the time to create a powerful vision of how to teach adolescents. The research on their learning has reached a critical mass, modern technology has allowed them to engage in a far wider range of literate behaviors than ever before, and their world has become increasingly connected, increasingly competitive, and increasingly polarized. Read Adolescent Literacy, consider the thoughts of leading educators, and join a conversation about what it means to teach and learn in this dynamic new environment. And do it soon, because the need to turn education's promise into classroom practice has never been more urgent.
Posted May 13, 2008
I love the conversational tone of this text. At many points, the editors put asides that give helpful information about research, about choices they made, or thoughts they had. Doing so encourages the reader to make comments and add their voice to the current conversation about adolescent literacy as well. I liked that a couple of chapters were in fact framed as conversations via emails so that the reader can hear and understand ideas and opinions of diverse experts in the field. This book is so rich. It's one of the most thought-provoking texts I've read on the topic in a while. The only negative I have is that it doesn't serve necessarily as a great introductory text, because it assumes some knowledge/ background, but as an instructor I solved that by bringing in other readings to fill in the blanks.
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With this book Kylene reminds you why you became a teacher in the first place. She then has experts give evidence of why adolescent literacy matters and how it matters to kids. With compelling questions and reflection guides, you will be taken on a journey of self reflection through your teaching practices--finding validation and challenges for the future. It doesn't matter what subject you teach--literacy matters to you and this book will show you how.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.