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Preparing Our Teachers seeks to improve that statistic by extracting practical information from the groundbreaking report issued by the National Research Council in 1998. This new book carefully outlines what classroom teachers need to know and what they need to be able to do to give children in preschool through grade 4 the essential opportunities to become good readers. It discusses what teacher education programs need to do to make their students good teachers of good readers and looks at what schools and school districts need to do to keep their teachers up to date for teaching reading.
Students at risk for educational failure represent the fastest growing segment of our school population. Preparing Our Teachers demonstrates to educators, parents, and policy makers alike that the first and most enduring way to meet children’s literacy needs is to support their teachers and teachers-to-be.
|Introduction: Teachers of Young Children: The Agents and Champions of Literacy||1|
|Ch. 1||From Shopping Lists to Poetry: Forms and Functions of Written Language||29|
|Ch. 2||Making Meaning: Language Development and Comprehension||55|
|Ch. 3||Sounds, Letters, and Words: How Print Works||81|
|Ch. 4||Moving to Success: Motivating Children to Read||119|
|Ch. 5||Anticipating Challenges: Assessment, Prevention, and Intervention||147|
|About the Authors||175|