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Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core: Teaching the Skills and Strategies Students Need for Success
A book that brings the habits of reading to lifeGreat readers are not made by genetics or destiny but by the habits they build--habits that are intentionally built by their teachers. The early formal years of education are the key to reversing the reading gap and setting up children for success. But K-4 education seems to widen the gap between stronger and weaker readers, ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published July 12th 2013 by Jossey Bass
(first published January 1st 2013)
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I really loved this book for many reasons. I agree with so many of the premises of teaching children habits for discussion, reading thoughtfully, and promoting discourse. I also really enjoyed the examples of ways to prompt students and in which specific situations to use those prompts (such as "Tell me more" when students are giving a one word answer. The examples of good, better, and best questions were great too - focusing on questions that teach both the reader and the text. And I loved the ...more
This book is an incredibly helpful tool for any elementary reading teacher. It breaks down Common Core standards into actionable habits any teacher can use in his or her classroom. Every teacher should read and utilize this book, specifically the extensive resources provided, including sample lesson plans, prompting guides, and lesson frameworks.
I learned a lot about early literacy, something I've been wanting to explore more. Clear examples, helpful video clips, and specific strategies -- another Uncommon Schools book that I thought was just terrific. They produce good stuff.
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the Managing Director of Uncommon Schools Newark, which is composed of seven North Star Academy schools. During Bambrick-Santoyo’s eight years at North Star, the schools have seen dramatic gains in student achievement, reaching 90+% proficient on state assessments in almost every category and grade level. As a result, they were recently recognized with the National Blue ...moreMore about Paul Bambrick-Santoyo...