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Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well by Regie Routman

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Transcript of Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well by Regie Routman

Chapter 1: Simplify Your Teaching Life
Why?
Because you have enough going on!
Get down to the nitty gritty: what is REALLY important?
curiosity
skills and tools
immediate and ongoing success
ensuring that students become critical thinkers
implementing challenging and RELEVANT curriculum
create and sustain collaborative and caring communities
What do I think?
*Students want to know they can do something right!
*We all need the right skills to make it through life!
*We need critical thinkers!
*everyone wants to be part of a positive community
Chapter 2: Bond with Your Students
Ensuring early sucesses creates confident learners
Model respect--if you don't show it, neither will they!
Allow students to make decisions--give them responsibility!
Tell stories about your reading life--they need and want to know
If your students don't
see you read, they won't
Read aloud! Even adults like to be read to...
important skills for students
Chapter 3: Share Your Reading Life
Why do I read?
Relaxing
To learn
Improve my vocabulary
I love it!
Try it!
book club
top-ten book list in classroom
design book covers
read aloud--even adults love this!
introduce a variety of genres to students
Chapter 4: Teach with a Sense of Urgency

Top five list to ensure that
students become excellent readers
1. Demonstrate that I am a reader
2. Provide an excellent classroom library
3. Let students choose books they want to read and give them time to do so
4. Teach strategies students need to know to process and understand text
5. Evaluate students regularly, give feedback, help set goals
Chapter 5: Organize an Outstanding
Classroom Library
My favorite chapter
Where to obtain books:
garage sales
thrift shops
book clubs (Scholastic, Lucky)
reproducible books (KEEP program--Ohio State University
Make your "library" comfortable
Give your students variety!
What kinds of reading materials are right for students?
Magazines
novels
graphic novels
comics
poem books
Chapter 6: Plan for and Monitor Independent Reading
What is independent reading?
Give students choices of what they read
Lots of time--at least 30 minutes daily
Excellent classroom library
Students read books for their reading level
Teacher monitors reading comprehension
Students keep reading records
Teacher and students set reading goals
What do I like?
Routman tells us how to guide independent reading!
Routman gives us ideas and directing independent reading
Modeled partner reading guides
Tips on showing students how to choose "just right" books
Chapter 7: Make Assessment Instruction's Working Partner
What does that mean?
Well, we might not care for all the "standard" assessments we give our students, because they don't always provide benefits to the students! (That just doesn't make sense!) Soooo, we need to conduct additional periodic assessments (not that!) of our own.
Assessments aren't always a "bad" thing....
As teachers, we can make our assessments work for US and our STUDENTS!
Routman shows us how....
Check out her assessment criteria checklist for ideas! (Routman, 99)
Assess everyday!
Try it:

Informal reading conferences
Use those pesky standardized tests to improve comprehension
Be brave enough to challenge district policies--you can make a difference!
Chapter 8: Teach Comprehension
That sounds daunting!
Super important:
Fluency
Automaticity
Word calling
Share what helps you comprehend a text with your students!

Think aloud
Jot notes
Make connections
Survery
Highlight and underline text
Reread
Monitor
What do I think is essential?

Vocabulary building
I love word trees!
Fluency!
Create Classroom ABC books
or create songs!
Chapter 9: Emphasize Shared Reading
What did I find most valuable in this chapter?
Routman follows her own advice and models a strategy:
"Observe Shared Reading Aloud in Action" (139-146)

Chapter 10: Examine Guided Reading
What do I think is most important?
Giving students LOTS of time to read!
Trust your students to stay on task!
Do not interrupt guided reading group time
What I like:
Routman models her strategies
Chapter 11: Build on Best Practice,
Know the Research, and
Use Programs as a Resource
Key ideas:
Know what does and doesn't work for your students
Research your subject area field
Read about progressive pedagogical ideas AND try them
Be knowledgeable so that you can speak out against a curriculum
you know isn't working!
Use programs as research...
learn how to adapt mandatory programs so
that they work FOR YOU!

Ask questions when a new program is being introduced
basically, be an informed consumer and educator!
Chapter 12: You Only Have So Much Time
You can't be an effective teacher if all you do is eat, sleep, think teaching...take a break, enjoy life, engage in fun activities. (I like this advice and it applies to all disciplines!)
Keep the tempo in the classroom lively!
Make activities meaningful--remember if it doesn't meet an objective then it's probably not meaningful
Maximize your day by creating a schedule
with realistic time frames
Uh, READ! personal and professional texts
and reflect
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