Invitations: Changing as Teachers and Learners K-12 / Edition 1

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With this remarkably complete and well-organized resource, Regie Routman invites all teachers to reflect upon their practice, and in doing so, she makes whole language teaching and learning possible for everyone. The text provides in-depth information, as well as step-by-step demonstration lessons for topics such as: becoming a whole language teacher; shared reading and shared writing for all grades; guided reading - whole class, small group, and individualized; grouping for success; examining a basal story and using it holistically; developing literature extension activities; responding to literature through literature response logs and discussion groups; setting up an independent reading program; journal writing; teaching phonics and skills strategically; letter writing and story writing for authentic purposes; integrating spelling into the reading-writing classroom; getting the publishing process going; integrating the language arts through literature and across the curriculum; understanding and utilizing meaningful evaluation procedures - anecdotal records, grading, and self-evaluation; applying holistic strategies to L.D. and "at-risk" students; organizing and managing the whole language classroom; establishing teacher support groups and other networks.

With the Blue Pages bound in, Invitations is the most exhaustive resource available for any teacher interested in professional development and changing his or her teaching.

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“This book is becoming my bible.”–Instructor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435088361
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/26/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 762
  • Sales rank: 1,464,114
  • Age range: 5 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

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 speaker at national conferences, and as a presenter of one-day workshops through Heinemann Professional Development.
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Table of Contents

Beyond Transitions

Becoming a Whole Language Teacher

Components of Whole Language

Grouping for Success: Taking a Close Look at Ability Grouping

Responding to Literature: Early Transitions

Responding to Literature: Later Transitions

Teaching for Strategies

Authentic Contexts for Writing

Personal Journal Writing

Integrating Spelling into the Reading-Writing Classroom

Setting Up an In-School Publishing Process



The Learning Disabled Student: A Part of the At-Risk Population

Classroom Management and Organization

Establishing Support Networks

Any Questions?

Final Reflections

The Blue Pages

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    Wonderful Book

    This is a book that you can pick up and ready again and again. Each time I pick it up, no matter how much of it I read, I learn something I can use immediately. Whether you want to read the entire book, or just sections, this book will transform your teaching. For that matter, anything by Routman will do the same. If you only buy one professional book this year, this should be the one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Great resource book

    The more you learn about becoming a whole language teacher you will discover that you'll never stop learning and growing! This book recognizes that and helps undergraduate students grasp teaching philosophies and so much more.

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