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Teaching Essentials : Expecting the Most and Getting the Best from Every Learner, K-8 - Regie Routman

Teaching Essentials

Expecting the Most and Getting the Best from Every Learner, K-8

Paperback Published: 1st September 2007
ISBN: 9780325010816
Number Of Pages: 160
For Ages: 5 - 13 years old

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What makes a teacher outstanding? More than anything, it's a way of being with kids in the classroom that lets them know they're smart and capable of high achievement. When you combine this mind-set with effective instruction, teaching and learning are transformed. In Teaching Essentials, Regie Routman gives us as much of a blueprint for achieving this powerful, responsive teaching as we're ever going to get. Drawing on her extensive work with students who have excelled against great odds, Regie shares the principles and practices that help all students and teachers reach their full potential. Teaching Essentials shows teachers and principals how to build an efficient and joyful practice by:

  • setting lessons and activities in a meaningful context
  • using an Optimal Learning Model to organize teaching and gradually release responsibility to students
  • demonstrating reading, writing, and thinking for students so they have explicit models to follow
  • articulating high expectations for every student, including ELLs and struggling learners, and ensuring that they meet them
  • embedding assessment into all aspects of instruction and planning
  • employing the reading-writing connection to improve comprehension
  • motivating writers by always writing for real audiences and purposes
  • implementing a schoolwide coaching model for higher achievement and a more fulfilling collaboration with colleagues.
A companion website, www.regieroutman.com, provides additional information, including a downloadable, easy-to-use study guide to promote professional conversations and video clips of Regie teaching so you can view and review the language and routines behind engaging, responsive instruction and learning. The Teaching Essentials book and website are ideal for individual, whole school, and districtwideprofessional development.

A Note About Notes and Other Resourcesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
A Brief History of a Literacy Teacher, Learner, and Writerp. xiii
Look Beyond What You Seep. 3
Invite Everyone into the Learning Communityp. 4
Assume All Students Are Capablep. 6
Value Diverse Languages and Culturesp. 9
Raise Your Expectationsp. 10
Avoid Sympathyp. 11
Aim Highp. 12
Create on "I Can Do It!" Learning Environmentp. 17
Let Students Know: "I Will Help You Discover the Possibilities"p. 19
Ensure That All Voices Are Heardp. 20
Act and Speak Respectfullyp. 20
Demonstrate the Power of Writingp. 21
Do More Writing for Valued Audiences and Purposesp. 23
Use Writing as a Way into Readingp. 25
Do More Shared Reading from Shared Writing Textsp. 27
Read and Write Texts That Embody an "I Can Do It!" Spiritp. 28
Celebratep. 29
Cheer Students Onp. 29
Give Students Specific Praisep. 29
Celebrate Small Accomplishmentsp. 30
Make Celebration Part of Everything You Dop. 31
Become an "Expert at Smartness"p. 33
Engage in Professional Studyp. 34
Get Professional Conversations Goingp. 35
Remain a Learnerp. 36
View Teaching as a Craftp. 36
Align Your Beliefs with Your Practicesp. 37
Examine Your Beliefs and Keep an Open Mindp. 37
Rely on Common Sensep. 38
Notice and Value What You Do as a Reader and Writerp. 38
Advocate for Your Studentsp. 39
Conserve Time and Energyp. 40
Communicate with Stakeholdersp. 41
Take a Leadership Rolep. 42
Use Programs as a Resourcep. 42
Recognize Colleagues' Strengthsp. 43
Acknowledge the Significant Role of the Principalp. 45
Use Technology Wiselyp. 45
Focus on Meaning Firstp. 49
Rely on a Whole-Part-Whole Teaching Approachp. 50
Start with Relevant Purposep. 51
Use Authentic Reading and Writing Activitiesp. 52
Embed Skills as a Means to a Worthwhile Endp. 53
Provide More Demonstrationsp. 54
Plan with the End in Mindp. 55
Start with the Student, Not the Standardp. 57
Know and Apply the Standardsp. 59
Teach It First; Label It Laterp. 60
Plan for Independencep. 61
Make Curriculum Relevant, Interesting, and Challengingp. 62
Connect Content to Students' Livesp. 63
Teach for Understandingp. 64
Use a Required Textbook as a Shared Read-Aloudp. 65
Make No Assumptionsp. 66
Highlight Key Vocabularyp. 67
Make It Smart to Ask Questionsp. 68
Embed Assessment in All Teachingp. 71
Teach Responsivelyp. 72
Provide Useful Feedbackp. 73
Focus on the Students: Begin with Assessmentp. 74
Examine Student Workp. 76
Rethink Grouping Structures in Readingp. 77
Rely on Essential Groupingp. 78
Meet with Skills Groups as Necessaryp. 79
Value and Employ Multiple Assessmentsp. 79
Collect and Analyze Your Assessment Data to Improve Instructionp. 80
Continuously Check for Understandingp. 81
Apply a Useful Frameworkp. 82
Teach for Independent, Self-Directed Learnersp. 87
Apply the Optimal Learning Modelp. 88
Do Lots of Frontloadingp. 90
Capitalize on Shared Experiencesp. 91
Embrace Scaffolded Conversationsp. 93
Set Up the Learning Environment for Successp. 94
Monitor Your Own Teachingp. 95
Make Management Easyp. 95
Teach with a Sense of Urgencyp. 96
Be Direct, Firm, and Kindp. 96
Provide Choice Within Structurep. 97
Let Students Help You Determine Procedures and Behaviorp. 97
Create a Beautiful and Organized Environmentp. 98
Keep Things Simple and Organizedp. 99
Make Resources Useful and Accessiblep. 100
Make Practice and Independent Work Worthwhilep. 100
Place Responsibility on the Studentsp. 101
Teach Students to Self-Monitor and Self-Evaluatep. 102
Teach Self-Checkingp. 103
Expect Basic Conventions to Be Correctp. 104
Teach Students How to Take Over Goal Settingp. 104
Teach Students How to Self-Direct Small, Collaborative Groupsp. 105
Prepare Students for Testingp. 106
Put Schoolwide Coaching into Practicep. 113
Remember, It's Harder Than It Looksp. 114
Rethink Your Coaching Planp. 115
Put a Whole-School Plan into Practicep. 116
Make Sure Coaching Is Nonthreatening, Nonevaluative, and Focused on Student Learningp. 117
Add Shared Experiences to Any Coaching Instructionp. 120
Expand the Role of Principal to Co-Teacher and Support Teacherp. 122
Provide Time, Support, and Trust for All-School Coachingp. 123
Meet the Challenge: The Effort Is Worth Itp. 125
Live a Full Lifep. 127
Let Yourself Be Knownp. 128
Tell Stories with Relishp. 128
Simplifyp. 129
Have More Funp. 130
Rely on Hopep. 131
Notes and Referencesp. 132
Indexp. 136
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ISBN: 9780325010816
ISBN-10: 0325010811
Audience: General
For Ages: 5 - 13 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st September 2007
Publisher: Heinemann USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.78  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.28