Reading Reminders: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

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Boynton/Cook Publishers, 2000 - Education - 416 pages
Do you have a minute? That's how quickly this book will help you improve your students' reading skills. Designed to be read on the run and make every minute count in your classroom, Reading Reminders features Jim Burke's one hundred best techniques for teaching reading, complete with tools and tips on how to implement them.

Jim wrote this book to help teachers like himself whose often large and always diverse classrooms contain a wide range of reading abilities and needs. All of the strategies have been tested and tested again with his students, and each one has achieved significant gains in student performance, confidence, and engagement. Together, the reminders will challenge your best students and support struggling ones. This book will help you:

  • teach students to read a variety of types of texts, including websites, tests, literature, and textbooks
  • use a wide range of teaching and reading strategies based on current reading research
  • anchor your teaching in state and national reading standards
  • establish and maintain a comprehensive reading program that includes Sustained Silent Reading and direct instruction
  • plan your lessons, select your texts, and assess students' learning with tools and techniques specifically designed for those purposes
  • improve your students' ability to discuss and understand what they read
  • develop a community of reflective readers within your classroom
  • increase the amount of writing your students do.

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WHAT TflCHRS MUST DO establish a Reading Culture
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JIM BURKE teaches English at Burlingame High School in California. He is the author of numerous best-selling books, including The English Teachers Companion, Second Edition, Tools for Thought, Reading Reminders, and Writing Reminders, all published by Heinemann, as well as The Readers Handbook, published by Great Source. He also offers online courses with HeinemannU. Jim is the recipient of NCTEs 2000 Exemplary English Leadership Award. Inducted into the California Reading Associations Hall of Fame in 2001, he currently serves on the Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts Standards Committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Email Jim Burke at

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