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With all the controversy and confusion over "best practice" issues in teaching reading, someone with the necessary experience, the ability to take the long view, and most of all a level head is essential to set things straight. This is where Regie Routman steps in: giving clarity, support, specific demonstrations, and confidence to teachers so they can teach reading in a manner that is consistent with research and learning theory and respectful of students' needs, interests, and abilities. In Reading Essentials, she realistically describes how to achieve these goals-and get high test scores too.
Based on her continuing work teaching in schools, Routman proves that good teaching doesn't have to mean lots of hours spent planning. What's necessary is good thinking-thinking about what matters to kids, what kids need to know, how we can move them forward, and how to ensure that they comprehend and enjoy what they read-including struggling students. Readers will discover research-based strategies, immediately doable ideas, and detailed lessons-all based on an instructional framework that includes:
Posted February 7, 2010
Posted December 12, 2002
Even a veteran teacher like me will find plenty of pearls of wisdom in this book that will probably have its greatest effect upon new or budding teachers. If you have been privileged to hear Regie at a reading conference, you can expect to be energized to try out her ideas, all of which are well-grounded in research and/or well-reasoned by years of experience. If you haven't heard or read her, begin with this title. She manages to cut to the heart of literacy instruction, as does her appropriate title: Reading Essentials. It is essential that this book be read. Practical tips, well-thought out rationale, and moments of inspiration-- they're all here. The section on "Guided Reading" alone is worth the price.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2009
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