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In her 30 years as an educator, Debbie Diller has closely examined classroom practice, asking "Why? What's the purpose?" Watching primary students work successfully at literacy work stations, she wondered with teachers, "Why don't we have upper-grade students doing this? Could we kick it up a notch?"
In her new book, Debbie shows teachers of grades three-to-six how to structure their classrooms so that all students can be successful doing meaningful independent work using literacy work stations.
Practice with Purpose offers guidance on establishing routines for independent reading and response writing, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to set up and manage a variety of hands-on literacy work stations appropriate for intermediate students. Each chapter includes:
The extensive appendix includes time-saving tools such as management board icons, graphic organizers, task cards, and recommended Web sites and children's literature.
Posted June 30, 2009
I really enjoyed Practice With A Purpose. It offers some great ideas for the upper grades. I have been struggling with stations in my classroom, but Debbie Diller offers some great ideas using resources that I already have. She also tells you how to get started and what could go wrong and how to deal with those problems. I can't wait to try out her stations.
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Posted September 2, 2014