This basic introduction to teaching reading is a vibrant mix of the background teachers need along with workable ideas and strategies for making instruction interesting, enjoyable and effective for all.
The book explores the skills students need to become successful readers. From using context clues and spelling patterns to phonics and word recognition skills, the book features practical activities to help students develop a repertoire of strategies to use as they build their confidence in reading. A full range of activities are included:Preparing for reading--activities to do before the reading starts;Reading--ways to access the text;Developing comprehension--activities to do after the reading;Building skills--specific instruction in language skills.
This practical handbook involves simple suggestions for working with individual students, small groups and the whole class. Teachers will find innovative ways to use talking, writing, drama and the visual arts to guide students in purposeful reading.
Based on the needs of real students teachers will find reproducible pages that will save valuable classroom time. These pages are designed to help students use reading logs, graph their reading, storyboard stories and review their reading. Assessment tools for teachers are also ready-to-copy to facilitate classroom use.
This compact resource is ideal for the beginning teacher or the teacher looking for simple ways to streamline language arts classroom practices.
|Product dimensions:||10.88(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.25(d)|
About the Author
A native of Sheffield, England, Jo received her education at Goldsmith College, University of London, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She has twenty five years of experience teaching all grade levels both in England and in Canada.
Jo says that she "fell" into teaching by accident, "but I found that it was just the right thing." Her areas of specialty are reading, writing, and spelling in the elementary grades, and she says she loves to watch children learn and grow in those grades.
Her approach to professional development is practical and down to earth. She draws extensively from her experiences as a teacher and aims to reach the teachers in the "trenches" rather than through academics.
When writing a book, Jo spends many months thinking about issues and then starts a list of points to make. "I flesh out the points with practical examples from my own experiences, then add practical ways to implement them in the classroom."
In her free time, Jo is the president of the Erin Arts Foundation, and runs two theater companies. She is also a theater producer and set designer and enjoys golf and gardening.