Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well / Edition 1

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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:

  • demonstrations
  • shared demonstrations
  • guided practice
  • independent practice.
Thoughout the text, Routman emphasizes the use of professional common sense and demonstrates how to maximize your time, making the most of every teachable moment. Practical, philosophical, and political, Reading Essentials gets to the heart of what excellent reading instruction is all about-and puts the fun back into your teaching.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004921
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/4/2002
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 111,415
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Regie Routman's intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and dedication to children's success have made her one of the most vibrant and respected names in literacy education. Her books, Teaching Essentials; Writing Essentials; Reading Essentials; Conversations; Literacy at the Crossroads; Invitations; The Blue Pages; and Transitions, all published by Heinemann, have encouraged hundreds of thousands of teachers to take charge of their professional learning and create efficient, joyful practices. Currently she is dedicating herself to a new, dynamic framework to support teachers' professional development. The DVD-based Regie Routman in Residence supports in-depth, yearlong literacy staff development that replicates the demonstration teaching she conducts in weeklong residencies and brings to life the practices she advocates in Teaching Essentials. Regie continues to inform and inspire teachers as a language arts coach in schools across the country, as a speaker at national conferences, and as a presenter of one-day workshops through Heinemann Professional Development.
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Table of Contents

The Essential Reading Life Simplify your teaching life. Why Reading Essentials? Be as knowledgeable as you can be. Teach what's essential to the well-being of the child. View teaching as an art supported by science. Bond with your students. How does bonding work? Work your magic with students. Bring in stories. Get to know your students as readers. Share your reading life. Share your reading habits. Show your students how you read. The Essential Reading Day Teach with a sense of urgency. Do more teaching. Rely on an optimal learning model. Reduce isolated skills work. Maximize whole class teaching. Connect reading with writing. Take a look at an integrated reading-writing lesson in grades 1-2. Raise your expectations. Organize an outstanding classroom library. Classroom libraries improve reading achievement. Take a critical look at your classroom library. Make classroom and school libraries attractive, comfortable, and accessible. Classroom libraries contribute to easy management during guided reading. There is no substitute for quality books. Plan for and monitor independent reading. Students need to do more reading. What do we mean by an independent reading program? An independent reading program is essential. Depend on partner reading. Value independent reading in kindergarten. Teach students how to select "just right" books. Make assessment instruction's working partner. Make assessment work for you and your students. Regularly evaluate students on the texts they are reading. Use standards and high stakes testing appropriately. Make ongoing accountability central to teaching reading. Teaching Essentials Teach comprehension. Teach comprehension right from the start. Demonstrate that proficient readers use many strategies. Use texts that are easy enough and meaningful enough to support comprehension work. Keep fluency in perspective. Use standards and high stakes testing to improve comprehension. Use caution and common sense when teaching strategies. Emphasize shared reading. Make shared reading an integral part of your reading program. Add shared read aloud. Listen in on several shared read aloud lessons. Examine guided reading. Clarify guided reading for yourself. Be cautious about how you group children. Choose books for guided reading carefully. Establish a workable schedule. Be flexible about guided reading in kindergarten. Make management easy and meaningful. Plan your guided reading lessons with a focus on meaning. Framework for a guided reading lesson Excerpts from guided reading groups Advocacy Is Also Essential. Build on best practice, know the research, and use programs as a resource. Build on best practices in teaching reading. Be knowledgeable about relevant research. Use programs only as a resource. Take professional responsibility for what you believe. You only have so much time. Live an interesting life. Spend most of your planning time thinking about instruction and learning. Maximize your time, make every minute count. Make time for ongoing professional development. Do less, but do it more effectively. Enjoy! Appendixes: guidelines, letters to parents, forms
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010


    Excellent book for all teachers. Great organization and it works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    Raves for Regie

    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.

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