The Essentials of Teaching Children to Read: The Teacher Makes the Difference / Edition 2

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Here’s practical, easy-to-access information teachers need to become master literacy teachers—while ensuring that they meet the literacy needs of each and every student in the classroom. In keeping with the premise that it is the teacher who makes the difference in effective reading instruction, this book helps educators become capable literacy teachers by showing them how to think deeply about their teaching decisions in order to understand and best meet their students’ literacy needs.

In this new edition the authors have updated their previous five pillars of effective reading instruction—Teacher Knowledge, Classroom Assessment, Evidence-Based Teaching Practices, Response to Intervention (RTI), and Family and Community Connections—and add two new pillars to this edition: Motivation and Engagement and Technology and New Literacies. The seven pillars provide a logical and consistent structure for closely examining the essential elements that well prepared literacy teachers know, understand, and are able to implement in classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to use the seven pillars to ground their thinking about future teaching in order to successfully develop and perform their vital roles in helping all children become successful readers and writers.

Using the hands-on advice presented in this new edition, pre- and in-service teachers see clearly how to:

  • Encourage young children to increase their speaking vocabularies
  • Motivate students to engage in various reading skills, strategies, and concepts
  • Present exceptionally clear phonics instruction lessons that help reach even the most difficult to teach students
  • Access the newest and best instructional strategies for boosting students’ reading comprehension through effective instruction
  • Become acquainted with, and use, evidence-based reading instructional programs that have proved effective with a variety of student populations
  • Work with and benefit from the knowledge base and experience of reading coaches
  • Become more effective and clear in their teaching through new lesson examples of explicit strategy and concept instruction
  • Use specific strategies to help students get motivated to learn to read and to remain engaged in the process throughout the year and beyond
  • Address the needs of today’s most rapidly growing student sector—English Learners—and use methods for effective assessment and instruction.
  • Keep pace with today’s technology and new literacies students are using and use those technologies effectively in the classroom to encourage literacy
  • Assess and teach aspects of reading according to Response to Intervention (RTI) guidelines for Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruction
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135005590
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/29/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Ray Reutzel is the Emma Eccles Jones Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Early Literacy Education at Utah State University. He has taught kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and sixth grade. Dr. Reutzel is the author of more than 190 refereed research reports, articles, books, book chapters, and monographs published in The Elementary School Journal, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Educational Research, Reading Psychology, Literacy Research and Instruction, Language Arts, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and The Reading Teacher, among others. He has received more than $7.5 million in research and professional development funding from private, state, and federal agencies including the Institute of Education Sciences and the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Reutzel is the past editor of The Reading Teacher and Literacy Research and Instruction. He is author or coauthor of several chapters published in the Handbook of Classroom Management, the Handbook of Research on Literacy and Diversity, and the Handbook of Reading Research (Vol. IV). Dr. Reutzel received the 1999 A.B. Herr Award from the College Reading Association for outstanding research and published contributions to reading education. Dr. Reutzel was given the John C. Manning Public School Service Award from the International Reading Association in May 2007 for his many years of working in schools with teachers and children. Dr. Reutzel has also served as past president of the College Reading Association/Association for Literacy Educators and Researchers and as a member of the board of directors of the International Reading Association from 2007 to 2010. He was elected into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2011.

Dr. Robert B. Cooter, Jr., currently serves as Ursuline Endowed Professor and dean of the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Cooter served from 2006 to 2011 as editor of The Reading Teacher, the largest circulation literacy education journal worldwide. His research is focused exclusively on the improvement of literacy acquisition for children living in poverty. In 2008 Dr. Cooter received the A.B. Herr Award from the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers for contributions to the field of literacy. Earlier in his career Dr. Cooter served as an elementary classroom teacher and Title I reading specialist. In public school administration, Dr. Cooter served as the first “Reading Czar” (or associate superintendent) for the Dallas Independent School District. He was named Texas State Champion for Reading by the governor for development of the acclaimed Dallas Reading Plan for some 60,000 children. Dr. Cooter later designed and served as principal investigator of the Memphis Striving Readers Program, a $16 million middle school literacy research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2007 Dr. Cooter and colleagues J. Helen Perkins and Kathleen Spencer Cooter were recipients of the Urban Impact Award from the Council of Great City Schools for their work in high poverty schools.

Dr. Cooter has authored or coauthored over 20 books in reading education and more than 60 journal articles. His books include the bestselling Strategies for Reading Assessment and Instruction, used at over 200 universities; The Flynt-Cooter Comprehensive Reading Inventory, a norm-referenced classroom reading assessment with English and Spanish versions; and Perspectives on Rescuing Urban Literacy Education: Spies, Saboteurs, and Saints. Robert Cooter lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and enjoys family time on their houseboat, Our Last Child, with his bride, grandchildren, and golden retrievers. Robert sometimes plays Hammond B-3 organ in reunion concerts with The George Washington Bridge Band, a Nashville-based rock group he cofounded and toured with during the 1960s and 70s.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One Effective Reading Instruction: The Teacher Makes the Difference  

Chapter Two Developing Children’s Oral Language 

Chapter Three Phonics and Word Recognition: Learning to Read Words  

Chapter Four Developing Children’s Reading Fluency  

Chapter Five Increasing Reading Vocabulary  

Chapter Six Teaching Reading Comprehension  

Chapter Seven Assessment

Chapter Eight Evidence-Based Programs, Interventions, and Standards for Literacy Instruction

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