Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well

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With all the controversy and confusion over "best practice" issues in teaching reading, someone with the necessary experience, the ability to take the long view, and most of all a level head is essential to set things straight. This is where 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-and get high test scores too.

Based on her continuing work teaching in schools, Routman proves that good teaching doesn't have to mean lots of hours spent planning. What's necessary is good thinking-thinking about what matters to kids, what kids need to know, how we can move them forward, and how to ensure that they comprehend and enjoy what they read-including struggling students. Readers will discover research-based strategies, immediately doable ideas, and detailed lessons-all based on an instructional framework that includes:

  • demonstrations
  • shared demonstrations
  • guided practice
  • independent practice.
Thoughout the text, Routman emphasizes the use of professional common sense and demonstrates how to maximize your time, making the most of every teachable moment. Practical, philosophical, and political, Reading Essentials gets to the heart of what excellent reading instruction is all about-and puts the fun back into your teaching.

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Regie Routman's intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and dedication to all children's learning success make her one of the most vibrant and respected names in literacy education. Her books, Teaching Essentials; Writing Essentials; Reading Essentials; Conversations; Literacy at the Crossroads; Invitations; The Blue Pages; Transitions; and her set of Transforming Our Teaching Professional Development Notebooks, all published by Heinemann, have encouraged hundreds of thousands of teachers and leaders to take charge of their professional learning and create effective, joyful practices. Currently she is dedicating herself to a new, dynamic framework to support principals, teachers, and coaches to apply expert reading and writing practices to the classroom. The video-based Regie Routman in Residence supports in-depth, yearlong literacy staff development that replicates the demonstration teaching, assessing, and coaching she conducts in weeklong residencies and brings to life the practices she advocates in Teaching Essentials. Regie continues to inform and inspire teachers and principals as a mentor teacher, leader, and coach in diverse schools across the U.S and Canada, as a speaker at state and national conferences, and as an online and on-site PD consultant. For more information on the Regie Routman in Residence products and services, including helpful resources and sample videos, visit this OVERVIEW site.

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