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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 m ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2002 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published October 1st 2002)
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Kris Marley Patrick
Nov 01, 2016 Kris Marley Patrick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-stuff
Fabulous! I love that she insists that teachers keep track of the books they read.
I noticed Regie and I have similar reading tastes. I'm pretty sure we'd be friends. :)
Feb 10, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents of elementary school children
Shelves: non-fiction
My daughter's kindergarten teacher recommended this book as a help for understanding emerging reading and beyond. Despite being geared for teachers, along with the requisite jargon, the book is decipherable and Routman delivers some great ideas a parent can use.

Three things from the book I took to heart. Most importantly, a child absolutely must believe he can read. Routman tours schools, and where she finds children who are beginning to give in to the notion they can't and won't read, she find
Dec 19, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
Regie Routman never fails to inform and educate. I borrowed this book from a colleague and needless to say, I will be purchasing my own copy. This book has everything you need to be a successful reading instructor. It has all of the information that many of us have heard and learned in theory. But, I love the way the book is concise and includes more application that is real and useful for educators and less theory. I think we all know why we need to include ample time for reading in the classro ...more
Jan 10, 2010 Shanna rated it it was amazing
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 terms she uses for different ways of reading. However, she does explain everything really well and she provides examples. Also, there's a glossary at the back to help you out.
FYI: this is mostly for elementary teachers, but there are some useful ideas for high school teachers as well. Maybe secondary
Jan 15, 2008 jacky rated it liked it
Shelves: education, grad, 2008
I wasn't very impressed with the first chapter, but it has gotten better. I am frustrated with the fact that this book gives the impression that it is for any teacher of reading, but it does not address issues in a realistic way for middle or high school teachers. The second half of the book begins to deal with issues that all reading teachers face and gives some ways to approach those issues that all teachers, not just elementary teachers, can try.
Feb 04, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: professional
This book is great for giving tips on teaching reading using authentic and engaging instruction. Not just the theory behind instruction but also practical ways to implement instructional strategies in the classroom. These ideas that Routman presents could actually be successfully accomplished in a regular classroom, not just in an ideal situation.
Rae Hittinger
Oct 04, 2007 Rae Hittinger rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: literacy teachers
The author is very mindful of red tape(ie crap) that teachers have to go through when considering their teaching methods. She provides research to support what teachers really should be/want to be doing when teaching, and enables teachers to do so through excplicit writing. I particularly enjoyed the part about writing about reading.
Jun 10, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved and agreed with everything Regie had to say about teaching reading. I wish I had discovered this book years ago. I found it more informative and practical than most of the professional books I have read. I plan on reading more of Regie's books now. I borrowed this book from the library, but plan to purchase it for my personal collection.
Aug 21, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it
73. Reading Essentials. 224 Pages. By Reggie Routman. This is another best practice piece of literature that you would find very helpful in your classroom as a writing instructor of young adolescents. This one earned a four star rating ****

Laura Latall
Mar 07, 2012 Laura Latall rated it liked it
I read this book for a grad class. As a high school English teacher, it wasn't very helpful to me because it is very focused on early elementary school. It does include a lot of specific ideas that would probably be beneficial in kindergarten to fifth grade classrooms though.
Describes an ideal and practical reading classroom! Routman writes with candor and eloquence. Easy and enjoyable professional text. I plan to try to integrate many of these ideas into my own classroom.
Jan 10, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it
All of my books I am reading are text books but some are facinating-
Regie Routman has a very forward thinking look at teaching reading and writing-if any of you need help for your kids in that area.
Liz Murray
Sep 26, 2013 Liz Murray rated it it was amazing
A book that delivers on its promises. Regie Routman clearly and concisely lays out literacy goals we should all be aiming for and helps us find ways to implement programs we might not already be using. A highly practical book that will serve as personal reference for a while to come.
Jul 11, 2009 Shelley rated it it was amazing
I just re-read this book as part of my research on the role of independent reading in the classroom for a district committee. She really is the literacy educator whose philosophy most parallels my own. Very thoughtful and challenging to both preconceptions and commonly accepted practice.
Apr 20, 2009 Lacey rated it really liked it
Routman is obviously a knowledgeable member of the field of education. This book offers advice on teaching reading, but if you are looking for specific advice, this is not the resource you need. Routman requires you to trust yourself as an educator and make decisions about your own classroom.
Dec 29, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Old faithful...whenever I need to reconnect with my reading instruction habits I go back to this book. Essential for all teachers, especially those that know that worksheets and book reports are not the road to reading
Oct 26, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-books
I read this book for a grad class, and it was really useful. I have already implemented a few ideas from the book in my classroom. The biggest problem I had was that many of the ideas were meant more for elementary classrooms instead of high school classrooms.
Jun 24, 2010 Erica rated it liked it
Shelves: teacher-books
EDR 622
Feb 21, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing
Works for high school students, too.
May 11, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Targeted for early childhood literacy, but is still a "back to basics" with gems applicable to MS/HS. Also has very practical ideas to go from theory to classroom (good scaffolding and assessments).
Aug 17, 2007 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Another Regie, about reading: My classroom library is modeled after her system here
Sep 12, 2007 Nancy rated it really liked it
Excellent overview of how to best teach reading in the elementary classroom. I like everything she's ever writtten, but this is the one I recommend to new teachers.
Janene AKA Ms. Palumbo
Mar 13, 2008 Janene AKA Ms. Palumbo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Reading teachers
Shelves: professional
This book totally changed how I teach reading. Seriously. Worth a read.
Eleanor Ramson
Jan 24, 2008 Eleanor Ramson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody who spends time with young people
I read this book 3 times in a row. It is very exciting to me.
Jana Gueck
Apr 25, 2015 Jana Gueck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I have a hard time saying I read a book if I didn't read it cover-to-cover, but I read most of it and I think it's a fantastic tool for teaching kids to read.
Susan Hjorleifson
Mar 04, 2014 Susan Hjorleifson rated it really liked it
Good ideas and suggestion for literacy. Helpful for new teachers.
Jul 24, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all elementary educators
This is an important must read for anyone who is teaching or will be teaching elementary reading.
Dec 16, 2008 Kimberly is currently reading it
Shelves: textbooks
Winter 2009
Elizabeth Finney
Loved it. Interesting ideas.
Sep 08, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
A MUST read for every reading teacher. Regie Routman is so realistic and speaks to the realities of teaching well. Favorite quote: "Work smarter, not harder." Word.
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