Easily replicable in any setting, any time, the 4 M framework ultimately lightens the load because they allow students to monitor and direct their reading lives. The book is full of practical examples, lessons, reading process and strategy lists, and a 35-page photo tour of exemplary reading classrooms with captions that distill best practices.
"Gravity Goldberg shows readers how to re-imagine their role as reading teachers in order to help students become readers who are engaged and independent. This warm and very practical book will be a treasured guide for teachers in the challenging work of growing readers who truly have ownership of their reading."
-- CARL ANDERSON
Thought provoking, practical, and inspiring all at once-it is one of those books that is so chock-full of wise ideas that I will delight in dog earring and marking up its pages with a highlighter.
-- GEORGIA HEARD
"Gravity Goldberg brings to the field wisdom and how-to's that are at once ancient and brand new, and her 4Ms process has the power to create the paradigm shift we need."
-- SHARON TABERSKI
"This is that rare kind of book that will be useful to teachers in any setting, whether they are classroom teachers or literacy specialists, whether they work with children who struggle in some way or those who exceed expectations in any way. Gravity includes practical examples and helpful resources that show teachers how to truly see and know their students, first, so that they can tailor instruction that fits their humanity, lifts their work, and engages their intentions as readers and learners."
-- KATHY COLLINS
"Top 3 things I admire about Mindsets and Moves by Gravity Goldberg: 1. She helps us move young readers to new heights by naming the brilliance in what they are already doing; 2. She provides models and tools for teaching reading that feel fun and humane; and 3., her clear and engaging language will inspire ambitious conversations in teacher study groups and college reading classes, making us all happier and more powerful reading teachers."
-- KATHERINE BOMER
"The premise that we as teachers must consider students' strengths is a timeless one. What's rare is that Gravity goes well beyond this premise to offer clear suggestions and classroom examples... This is where the power of Gravity's book lies: in the credo that all students are indeed engaging and working hard at reading, and that we need to see and nurture those efforts."
-- GRACE ENRIQUEZ
"This is a valuable book not just for reading teachers, but for anyone who teaches anything. Gravity Goldberg shows us how to begin by observing and admiring what our students already do and how they do it. She shows us, further, how to give feedback, model new strategies, and mentor students without undermining their ownership and enjoyment of the activity and their improvement."
-- PETER GRAY
"When you read this book, you feel like Gravity is right there with you, shoulder-to-shoulder, seeing your students as they deserve to be seen-with wonder and curiosity."
-- KATIE EGAN CUNNINGHAM
"I am impressed by Goldberg's shifts in her own thinking and teaching that placed the focus always on the students' behaviors rather than on the teachers'. I also like the way she forged ideas based not only on ideas from the literacy community but from other areas of research such as business leadership and psychology as well. Additionally, Goldberg's charts and other graphics make her ideas extremely clear and provide quick access to the key points when I want revisit them. And her specific classroom examples clarified the points extremely well and make her a very credible expert because she has obviously walked the talk!"
-- Nancy Allison"Unlike most approaches, Gravity Goldberg shows how to shift the educator's typical role from that of a manager to encouraging kids to take charge of their own reading processes. The idea is to evolve and encourage a 'growth mindset' that offers a model for new ways of reading."
-- Midwest Book Review, April 2016