Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well

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Pearson Education Canada, 2003 - Education - 288 pages
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Recommended by the Ontario Ministry Of Education



Grades K-8


With all the controversy and confusion over "best practice" issues in teaching reading, 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. Readers will discover research-based strategies, immediately doable ideas, and detailed lessons. Topics include:

  • teaching much more, more effectively and joyfully, in less time
  • applying an optimal learning model to teaching
  • reducing isolated skills work
  • maximizing whole-class teaching
  • working with struggling readers
  • connecting reading with writing
  • organizing a terrific classroom library and reading area
  • monitoring and evaluating students as readers
  • integrating assessment and testing into daily teaching
  • teaching comprehension sensibly and effectively
  • applying shared reading across the grades and curriculum
  • planning guided reading in meaningful, manageable ways
  • knowing how and when to question research and programs
  • ensuring reading competence and confidence for every child

Also available by Regie Routman:

Writing Essentials / 0325006016 / 2004 / 304 pp. + DVD / Grades K-8

Conversations / 032500109X / 2000 / 896 pp. / Grades K-8 

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User Review  - scd87 - LibraryThing

Routman is enthralling. I feel so inspired and excited to teach reading! My only complaints (and they are all minor) is that it is a little repetitive and cheesy, and I sometimes got confused by the ... Read full review

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The following resources were shared with the 2nd grade teacher who was interested in gaining greater guided reading knowledge:
* Important Purposes for Guided Reading
* Teacher Talk for a Guided
Reading Lesson
* Framework for Thinking About a Guided Reading Lesson
* Essential Materials for Guided Reading


One The Essential Reading Life
Bond with Your Students
Share Your Reading Life

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REGIE ROUTMAN is an internationally respected teacher and author who speaks at major educational conferences and conducts full day workshops for educators. Her current work and focus involves weeklong school residencies where she does daily demonstration teaching in classrooms, coaches teachers, and facilitates ongoing professional conversations. Currently, she lives in Seattle, WA. Regie's teaching experience of almost thirty-five years includes being a classroom teacher (for most of the elementary grades), a reading specialist, a learning disabilities tutor, a Reading Recovery teacher, a language arts resource and mentor teacher, and a staff developer. Her books are widely acclaimed as providing a solid, theory-based understanding of language learning along with a wealth of practical ideas and extensive, annotated resources. Because Regie writes in an honest, personal, and encouraging voice based on her daily experiences in classrooms, teachers find her books

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