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Learning to Read : Lessons from Exemplary First-Grade Classrooms - Michael Pressley

Learning to Read

Lessons from Exemplary First-Grade Classrooms

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An important goal in every first-grade classroom is to get children reading--but how? This book examines current research on first-grade literacy instruction, and shows how it translates into what good teachers really do in the classroom. The authors, premier early literacy scholars and educators, describe several studies of effective beginning reading instruction conducted across the country. They then take readers directly into the classrooms of five highly successful teachers, exploring the reading, writing, and classroom management techniques these practitioners use to boost student engagement and achievement. The book provides readers with a vivid picture of the complexities of successful teaching. In particular, it demonstrates ways that teachers can blend elements of both holistic and skills approaches to provide rich and enjoyable learning environments for young readers.

'Reading this book, I found myself reviewing my years of teaching first grade and wondering how much better my teaching could have been if I had had this information. The authors do a good job of summarizing their findings in a fair and objective manner and recounting some wonderful individual stories. We learn best from actual examples from the classroom rather than theory alone; there is nothing like real life to add credibility.' - Brenda Sabey, PhD, Western Kentucky University 'A clear, engaging book offering a nice mix of research and practice...I particularly enjoyed the case studies and the concluding reflections, which provide powerful food for thought. I would love to share this book with other teachers, particularly the new teachers that I mentor. I believe it will motivate, enthuse, and provide a basis for daily practice.' - Pat Clark, MS, First Grade Teacher, Alden Terrace School, Elmont UFSD, NY 'A unique contribution to the field, and a real treat to read. I will use this book as a reference for lecture material as well as for assigned readings for graduate students.' - Diane H. Tracey, EdD, Kean University

First Grade: History and Contemporary Practice
A Brief History of First-Grade Reading Instruction
Surveying Nominated-Effective First-Grade Teachers about Their Instruction
The Nature of First-Grade Instruction That Promotes Literacy Achievement
Teaching Writing in First Grade: Instruction, Scaffolds, and Expectations
The Case Studies
Barbara Wiesner
Andy Schultheis
Georgia Leyden Kim Baker, Richard L. Allington, and Greg Brooks
Missy Allen Cathy Collins Block
Patricia Loden Lesley Mandel Morrow and Elizabeth Brown Asbury
Thoughts about Teacher Development
How I Became an Exemplary Teacher (Although I'm Really Still Learning Just Like Anyone Else)
Concluding Reflections
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781572306486
ISBN-10: 1572306483
Series: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 1st April 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47