And with a Light Touch: Learning about Reading, Writing, and Teaching with First Graders / Edition 2

And with a Light Touch: Learning about Reading, Writing, and Teaching with First Graders / Edition 2

by Carol Avery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325000662

ISBN-13: 9780325000664

Pub. Date: 03/12/2002

Publisher: Heinemann

With its first edition, ...And with a Light Touch was immediately praised for its authentic portrayal of classroom life and learning. "It's my bible for teaching young children" and "It reads like a novel," said veteran and preservice teachers alike. Those with minimal background in children's literature have found the book a godsend. Every page rings true

Overview

With its first edition, ...And with a Light Touch was immediately praised for its authentic portrayal of classroom life and learning. "It's my bible for teaching young children" and "It reads like a novel," said veteran and preservice teachers alike. Those with minimal background in children's literature have found the book a godsend. Every page rings true with the voice of a caring, real-life classroom teacher-one who marvels at what young children can do if given the chance to work in daily reading and writing workshops taught with a sensitive and responsive approach.

Now, Carol Avery offers a second edition, giving more insight and examples of children and a teacher learning together. Since her first edition, Carol has worked extensively in kindergarten and second grade, has had her own fourth- and sixth-grade classrooms, and has watched three grandchildren learn to read and write. Her latest edition incorporates Carol's stories and learning from these new experiences. It also expands sections on crafting writing, phonics instruction, read-alouds, and documenting assessment, and includes an updated bibliography. At the same time, it retains its focus on these major areas, addressed in depth:

  • the writing process-structuring daily writing workshops and the development of young writers
  • the reading process-structuring daily reading workshops and learning to read without a basal reader
  • children's literature-incorporating children's literature into the daily life of the classroom and stimulating children's responses to literature
  • classroom environment and tone-organizing and managing the classroom
  • expanding literacy-reading and writing across the curriculum and a focus on kindergarten
  • assessment-documenting and reporting student progress.

Throughout, Carol rejects the concept of "one right way" to teach, but believes instead that a responsive environment provides the greatest possibilities for student growth.

As Donald Graves notes, Carol shows "real children in the process of learning to learn". Classroom teachers, preservice teachers, parents, and anyone concerned with young children learning to read and write will appreciate this book for its honest look into a first-grade classroom, both its ups and its downs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325000664
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
03/12/2002
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Beginning

The Butterflies Are Being Born

The First Day of School

Environment and Tone

Classroom Climate: A Foundation for Learning

Planning and Preparing

Writing

Establishing and Managing a Writing Workshop

Mini-Lessons: Helping Children Craft Their Writing

Listening and Responding

From the Author's Chair

The Process of Publishing

Children's Literature

The Why, How, and What of Reading Aloud

Reader Response

Children Take Literature to Heart

Reading

Developing a Reading Workshop

Guided Reading and Literature Circles

Learning to Read

Learning Language: Phonics, Word Study, Spelling

Expanding Literacy

Lessons from Kindergarten

Reading and Writing in Math, Science, and Social Studies

Considering Student Progress

Reporting Student Growth

Conclusion

Afterword: Laura's Legacy

Appendixes:

A. Conference Checklist

B. Publishing Conference Record

C. Directions for Bookbinding

D. Reading Conference Notes (Whole Class)

E. Reading Record (Individual)

F. Strategies and Skills of Written Language

G. Children's Books - Child-tested Favorites

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