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Test Talk: Integrating Test Preparation into Reading Workshop
Under No Child Left Behind, nearly every teacher faces a high-stakes balancing act; managing the often incompatible responsibilities of teaching students meaningfully or preparing them for standardized tests. Through their experiences teaching at a school that struggled to meet state test standards driven by NCLB, authors Amy Greene and Glennon Melton discovered a way to r ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Stenhouse Publishers
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This book positions itself as a way to intergrate test prep into reading workshop at the elementary school level. I'm not sure I buy that they aren't teaching to the test and wonder whether (hope?) there is a fuller picutre of these classrooms/the school that is missing from the book? It is very strategy focused and if you know me, you know that drives me bonkers. But the pages that were not scripted strategies, were insightful in that it made transparent for me some of the things that I do unco ...more
I have been working with the teachers at my school to find books to use to teach comprehension strategy lessons about inferring, drawing conclusions, synthesizing, etc. When my Teachers As Readers group decided to read this book, I wasn't overly excited until I realized how the two things fit nicely together. By taking a few days at the end of a strategy unit, you can integrate the two things over the year rather than cramming it all into the weeks before the test. I can't wait to share it with ...more
Unfortunately, state-wide testing doesn't seem to be going anywhere. This book is a fantastic tool for teachers (and even parents) to add to their reading workshops and reading discussions with students. The language of the test, or "test talk" is evaluated as much as a child's comprehension and reading knowledge. Integrating test talk into your daily language familiarizes kids with what they'll encounter on the tests.
I loved this book. It's nice to have some ideas on how to integrate test talk and strategies as PART of the reading workshop rather than a separate entity. The layout is nice and user friendly. Highly recommend to all teachers and reading specialists.
Read first time in spring 2009, but revisited each dreaded spring for, you guessed it, test talk. Written by teachers who "get it," this easy to read and easier to implement in the classroom book allows teachers to use best practice while still preparing kids for the dreaded bubbling.