No More Independent Reading Without Support

No More Independent Reading Without Support

by Debbie Miller, Barbara Moss
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0325049041

ISBN-13: 9780325049045

Pub. Date: 09/12/2013

Publisher: Heinemann

"What if there was a time when things slowed down? No rotations, activities, or worksheets-just you, your kids, and books. Would you take it?" -Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss

We know children learn to read by reading. Is independent reading valuable enough to use precious classroom minutes on? Yes, writes Debbie Miller and

Overview

"What if there was a time when things slowed down? No rotations, activities, or worksheets-just you, your kids, and books. Would you take it?" -Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss

We know children learn to read by reading. Is independent reading valuable enough to use precious classroom minutes on? Yes, writes Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss, but only if that time is purposeful.

DEAR and SSR aren't enough. Research shows that independent reading must be accompanied by intentional instruction and conferring. Debbie and Barbara clear a path for you to take informed action that makes a big difference, with:

  • a rationale for independent reading that's worth finding the time for
  • research evidence on its effectiveness and instructional best practices
  • a framework with 10 teaching tactics for starting and sustaining success.

"When we set children loose day after day with no focus or support, it can lead to fake reading and disengagement," write Debbie and Barbara. "It's our job to equip children with the tools they need when we're not there." Read No More Independent Reading Without Support and find out how.

About the Not This, But That Series
No More Independent Reading Without Support is part of the Not This, But That series, edited by Nell K. Duke and Ellin Oliver Keene. It helps teachers examine common, ineffective classroom practices and replace them with practices supported by research and professional wisdom. In each book a practicing educator and an education researcher identify an ineffective practice; summarize what the research suggests about why; and detail research-based, proven practices to replace it and improve student learning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325049045
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
09/12/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
87
Sales rank:
76,462
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction Nell K. Duke vii

Section 1 Not This

Is There Enough Time? And Is Time Enough to Support Independent Reading? Debbie Miller 1

Finding the Time 1

How Can You Find the Minutes? 3

What Benches Are You Guarding? 4

More Than Just DEAR or Sustained Silent Reading 7

Section 2 Why Not? What Works?

Why Independent Reading Matters and the Best Practices to Support It Barbara Moss 11

Does Independent Reading Influence Student Achievement? 11

If We Know Independent Reading Is Effective, Why Don't We Do It? 13

A New Reason for Independent Reading: The Common Core State Standards 15

What Practices Are Critical for Effective Independent Reading? 16

Students Need to Be Given Classroom Time to Read 16

Students Need to Be Able to Choose What They Read 18

Students Need Explicit Instruction About What, Why, and How Readers Read 19

Boost the Number of Texts Students Read 24

Students Need Access to Texts 27

Students Need Teacher Monitoring, Assessment, and Ongoing Support During Independent Reading 30

Students Need to Talk About What They Read 35

Why Independent Reading Matters Most for Striving Readers and English Learners 36

The Last Word: An Overview of Independent Reading Implementation by Teachers 38

Section 3 But That

An Instructional Framework for Supporting Classroom Independent Reading Debbie Miller 41

A Recommended Day in the Reading Block 42

How Much Time Did We Find? 44

Making the Most of Independent Reading 47

Provide Purpose: What, How, and Why Readers Read 48

Keep It Authentic: Do Readers Do This in the World? 48

Support Choice: Teach Students How to Choose Books 49

Provide Explicit Instruction About What, How, and Why Readers Read 51

Tactics Teachers Can Use to Keep Things Hopping During IR 55

Tactic 1 Get books in their hands 55

Tactic 2 Organize your books for easy access 57

Tactic 3 Start with small chunks of classroom IR time 57

Tactic 4 Monitor IR 58

Tactic 5 Differentiate instruction and create accountability through conferring 59

Tactic 6 Use a catch to refocus the group 61

Tactic 7 Invite students to reflect on and share their learning 61

Tactic 8 Use partner reading and book clubs to get students talking and reading independently 63

Tactic 9 Assess students' progress as independent readers 64

Tactic 10 Support independence through assessment choices 68

The Kind of Independent Readers We Want Our Students to Be 69

Afterword Ellin Oliver Keene 71

References 73

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