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Readers Front & Center: Helping All Students Engage with Complex Text

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Every teacher wants and expects his or her students to be reading increasingly complex texts, yet sometimes the gap between our expectations and our students’ abilities seems wide and deep. It’s tempting to look at that gap and step in to fill it for them, but then we’d be doing most of the “heavy lifting”—the understanding, analysis, and interpretation that our students should be learning for themselves. 

So how can teachers reverse this trend and ensure that our students ...

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Overview

Every teacher wants and expects his or her students to be reading increasingly complex texts, yet sometimes the gap between our expectations and our students’ abilities seems wide and deep. It’s tempting to look at that gap and step in to fill it for them, but then we’d be doing most of the “heavy lifting”—the understanding, analysis, and interpretation that our students should be learning for themselves. 

So how can teachers reverse this trend and ensure that our students are fully entering, absorbing, and experiencing texts? How can we make sure they’re making complex meaning “independently and proficiently,” as the Common Core State Standards require?

Readers Front and Center answers these questions by framing instruction that starts with the student. You’ll learn how to do the following:

·         Research and listen to your students so your teaching can be more targeted

·         Notice and name your students’ thinking so they can “see” what complex thinking looks and sounds like

·         Set your students up to be problem solvers

·         Prepare your students to do increasingly complex thinking in increasingly complex texts

Filled with examples of one-on-one conferences, small groups, and whole-class scenarios, this essential book provides an accessible and inspiring model of how—and why—we need to put students at the front and center of our teaching.

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"As I read Readers Front & Center, I felt as if I were visiting with a teacher who has faced the same struggles and challenges that we all face and has found some strategies and ideas that work. And she was spilling her secrets." - MiddleWeb
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571109675
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2014
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 315,337
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Great book for teachers who want to improve

    As a special education teacher, I find it especially difficult to help students improve their ability to comprehend. This book gives me specific techniques to use in the classroom as well as theoretical underpinnings.

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