Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners

Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners

by Regie Routman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625310378
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 482
Sales rank: 355,653
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author


Regie Routman is a mentor teacher, coach, and author who works side-by-side with teachers and principals in diverse schools and districts. She is dedicated to increasing and sustaining reading and writing achievement across the curriculum for all learners. For information on her many books and resources, see www.regieroutman.org.
 

Table of Contents

A Note About Notes and Other Resources x

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Letter to My Colleagues 1

Engagement

1 Developing Trusting Relationships 9

2 Celebrating Learners 25

3 Creating a Thriving Learning Environment 39

Physical Environment 40

Social and Emotional Environment 51

Intellectual Environment 60

4 Teaching with Purpose and Authenticity 81

Excellence

1 Embedding Professional Learning 105

2 Expert Teaching Through Frontloading 129

3 Listening, Speaking, and Questioning: That Elevate Teaching and Learning 149

4 Embracing the Reading-Writing Connection 169

5 Teaching Readers 193

6 Teaching Writers 227

Equity

1 Making High Expectations an Instructional Reality 257

2 Reaching All Learners 281

3 Applying Responsible Assessment 311

4 Developing Self-determining Learners 335

5 Advocating for Students 357

Afterword: The Need for Civic Engagement 387

Notes N1

References and Resources R1

Index I1

Engagement 5

1 Developing Trusting Relationship 9

Build Trusting Relationship 9

Bond with Students and Colleagues 12

Teach Kindness 17

Make Parents Partners 19

Story: Bonding with My Granddaughters Through Storytelling 15

2 Celebrating Learners 25

Highlight Learners' Strengths 26

Develop a Positive Mind-set 28

Express Gratitude and Appreciation 31

Enjoy Teaching 34

Story: "What Is He Good At?" 30

3 Creating a Thriving Learning Environment 39

Physical Environment 40

Create a beautiful and meaningful environment 40

Rethink our prime real estate 45

Establish a rich and relevant classroom library 48

Story: Presentation Matters 43

Social and Emotional Environment 51

See the classroom through students' eyes 52

Make sure students are engaged, not just on-task 53

Teach with a sense of urgency 55

Eliminate distractions and increase efficiency 56

Intellectual Environment 60

Live an interesting life 60

Instill a love of learning 66

Create a need to know 69

Work toward a culture of "collaborative expertise" 74

Ensure that the heart and mind go together 77

Story: 10 Lessons Learned About Teaching and Living from Taking Up Tennis 63

Story: Feeling Smart 71

4 Teaching with Purpose and Authenticity 81

Infuse Purpose and Authenticity into All We Do 82

Plan with the End in Mind 86

Provide More Choice Within Structure 90

Embrace Technology That Enhances Meaningful Learning 93

Excellence 101

1 Embedding Professional Learning 105

Make Professional Learning a Priority 106

Develop Shared Beliefs 113

Know Important Literacy Research 118

Read Professionally 121

Become a Teach-Leader 124

Take Time to Reflect 126

Story: My Professional Learning Journey 110

2 Expert Teaching Through Frontloading 129

Be More Intentional 132

Make No Assumptions 134

Apply an Optimal Learning Model 136

Do more demonstrations 141

Rely on shared writing 142

Do more shared reading 144

Story: Making Fruit Tarts 147

3 Listening, Speaking, and Questioning: That Elevate Teaching and Learning 149

Become an Active Listener 150

Promote Significant Conversations 153

Teach Public Speaking 158

Ask More Vital Questions 161

4 Embracing the Reading-Writing Connection 169

Share Inspiring Stories 171

Read and Write More Texts 174

Integrate Word Study 178

Write Book Recommendations 179

Read Like a Writer 183

Begin with Poetry 186

Story: "Gifts My Mother Gave Me," personal poem 187

5 Teaching Readers 193

Be a Reader 195

Read Aloud Every Day 199

Make Independent Reading a First Priority 204

Choose and Use Excellent Nonfiction and Fiction 209

Create Access to Complex Texts 215

Put Guided Reading in Perspective 218

Rely on One-on-one Reading Conferences 222

Story: Becoming a Reader 198

6 Teaching Writers 227

Focus on the Writer First 230

Write and Publish More Short Pieces 232

Rethink Revision 235

Rethink Editing 239

Embrace Public Writing Conferences 243

Value and Teach Handwriting 248

Story: The Writing Life 229

Equit 253

1 Making High Expectations an Instructional Reality 257

Seek and Value Diversity 260

Implement a Challenging and Viable Curriculum 263

Employ Standards Thoughtfully 269

Apply Whole-Part-Whole Teaching 271

Integrate Word Study and Vocabulary Development 275

Observe an Excellent Kindergarten Teacher 278

Story: Expecting More and Getting It 258

2 Reaching All Learners 281

Instill Determination to Learn 282

Ensure Excellent Instruction Right from the Start 289

Reduce the Need for Intervention 292

Provide Feedback That Supports the Learner 295

Support English Language Learners 298

Promote Oral Language Development 304

Story: Being Known 287

3 Applying Responsible Assessment 311

Rely on Formative Assessment 314

Resist Teaching to the Test 317

Use Data with Integrity 322

Use Student-Friendly Rubrics 325

Teach Self-Assessment 329

4 Developing Self-determining Learners 335

Balance the Power in the Classroom 337

Establish Routines and Rituals Together 340

Make Learning Intentions Clear and Attainable 344

Make Students Less Dependent on Us 347

Build Stamina and the Will to Learn 350

5 Advocating for Students 357

Equalize Resources 360

Use Technology Judiciously 364

Incorporate Music and the Arts 369

Advocate for Equitable Practices 373

Put Energy Where Results Are Most Likely 381

Story: Advocating for Students 380

Stories Overview

Engagement

Story: Bonding with My Granddaughters Through Storytelling 15

Story: "What Is He Good At?" 30

Story: Presentation Matters 43

Story: 10 Lessons Learned About Teaching and Living from Taking Up Tennis 63

Story: Feeling Smart 71

Excellence

Story: My Professional Learning Journey 110

Story: Making Fruit Tarts 147

Story: "Gift My Mother Gave Me," personal poem 187

Story: Becoming a Reader 198

Story: The Writing Life 229

Equity

Story: Expecting More and Getting It 258

Story: Being Known 287

Story: Advocating for Students 380

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