Learning to Read: Lessons from Exemplary First-Grade Classrooms

Learning to Read: Lessons from Exemplary First-Grade Classrooms

by Michael Pressley, Richard L. Allington, Ruth Wharton-McDonald, Cathy Collins Block, Lesley Mandel Morrow
     
 

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An important goal in every first-grade classroom is to get children reading-but how? This book examines current research on first-grade literacy instruction, and shows how it translates into what good teachers really do in the classroom. The authors, premier early literacy scholars and educators, describe several studies of effective beginning reading instruction

Overview

An important goal in every first-grade classroom is to get children reading-but how? This book examines current research on first-grade literacy instruction, and shows how it translates into what good teachers really do in the classroom. The authors, premier early literacy scholars and educators, describe several studies of effective beginning reading instruction conducted across the country. They then take readers directly into the classrooms of five highly successful teachers, exploring the reading, writing, and classroom management techniques these practitioners use to boost student engagement and achievement. The book provides readers with a vivid picture of the complexities of successful teaching. In particular, it demonstrates ways that teachers can blend elements of both holistic and skills approaches to provide rich and enjoyable learning environments for young readers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A unique contribution to the field, and a real treat to read. I will use this book as a reference for lecture material as well as for assigned readings for graduate students. It is extremely valuable to take educators into the classrooms of these exemplary teachers." —Diane H. Tracey, EdD, Kean University

"Reading this book, I found myself reviewing my years of teaching first grade and wondering how much better my teaching could have been if I had had this information. The authors do a good job of summarizing their findings in a fair and objective manner and recounting some wonderful individual stories. We learn best from actual examples from the classroom rather than theory alone—there is nothing like real life to add credibility. As I work with schools doing inservice training, this book would be the one I would recommend for all K-12 teachers." —Brenda Sabey, PhD, Dixie State College

"A clear, engaging book offering a nice mix of research and practice. I found myself jotting notes with ideas the authors generated, as well as rereading many passages to savor, reconsider, and connect to my own classroom. I particularly enjoyed the case studies and the concluding reflections, which provide powerful food for thought. I would love to share this book with other teachers, particularly the new teachers that I mentor. I believe it will motivate, enthuse, and provide a basis for daily practice." —Pat Clark, MS, First Grade Teacher, Alden Terrace School, Elmont UFSD, New York

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Examines current research on first-grade literacy instruction and shows how it translates into what good teachers really do in the classroom. Profiles of five successful real-life teachers describe reading, writing, and classroom management techniques these teachers use to boost student engagement and achievement. Emphasis is on learning to blend holistic and skills approaches to provide a rich learning environment for young readers. Pressley is chair in Catholic Education and professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572306493
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/02/2001
Series:
Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Pressley, PhD, was University Distinguished Professor, Director of the Doctoral Program in Teacher Education, and Director of the Literacy Achievement Research Center at Michigan State University.

Richard L. Allington, PhD, is the Irving and Rose Fien Professor of Education at the University of Florida, where he continues the study of exemplary elementary teaching.

Ruth Wharton-McDonald, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Wharton-McDonald's research interests focus on the school literacy experiences of young children. She has collaborated with several of the other authors in this book on studies of exemplary teachers and their students. She is currently involved in a study of first graders' perspectives on schooling.

Cathy Collins Block, PhD, is Professor of Education at Texas Christian University. She has directed eight nationally funded research projects related to comprehension instruction, teaching comprehension, teacher education, and professional development.

Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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