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Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?

by Cris Tovani

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This is finally one inspirational book for teachers. I expected a bunch of theory that doesn't apply because most people who write don't take into consideration high stakes testing. However, Tovani's writing puts you in the moment while she is in the classroom. I don't believe she has forgotten what it is like to have mounds of work. As I read this book I really began to feel like I was a terrible teacher but in a good way - I began reconsidering how I teach. I am no longer concentrating on doing all the work myself by forcing information students have to memorize down their throats but instead I am having them do the work and learn the information in class through discovery, reading and discussion. Students hate it at first (of course they have to work!) but as they got into the routine each individual student began to figure out what the tasks were and now they anticipate how our classroom works. ( )
  maryqueenofscotts | Apr 1, 2009 |
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In Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?, Cris shows how teachers can expand on their content expertise to provide instruction students need to understand specific technical and narrative texts. The book includes: examples of how teachers can model their reading process for students; ideas for supplementing and enhancing the use of required textbooks; detailed descriptions of specific strategies taught in context; stories from different high school classrooms to show how reading instruction varies according to content; samples of student work, including both struggling readers and college-bound seniors; a variety of comprehension constructors: guides designed to help students recognize and capture their thinking in writing while reading; guidance on assessing students; and tips for balancing content and reading instruction. --From publisher's description.… (more)

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