Who said word study has to be boring? Not Pamela Koutrakos! In her book Word Study that Sticks, Koutrakos provides teachers with a host of highly engaging and easily implemented approaches for making phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction come alive in their classrooms.--Timothy Rasinski, PhD, Professor of Literacy Education at Kent State University (10/24/2018)
Word Study That Sticks provides Grades K-6 differentiated support for making word study meaningful in any classroom. Chock-full of resources -- including sample schedules, lessons, routines, tips for classroom set-up, even workarounds if your classroom is different -- Pamela Koutrakos has pulled together the most popular and effective word study techniques being used in schools today. Her inviting writing style will make you feel like you have a master teacher by your side as you implement these ideas in your classroom.
What I like best about this book is that it employs the key characteristics of strong phonics instruction -- active, engaging, and thought-provoking. Students don't just learn about words; they explore words like detectives uncovering aspects that will improve their reading and writing skills. Students are also taught to take ownership of their learning so that these skills can be more easily transferred to their independent reading. The result -- students who more naturally develop into skilled, fluent readers.
A great resource that's a needed addition to every elementary teacher's professional library.--Wiley Blevins, Author of A Fresh Look at Phonics (10/24/2018)
As a presenter I'm asked if I know of a good book for word study. I found one in Pamela Koutrakos' Word Study That Sticks! She breaks it down for the novice and streamlines for the old pro. It's truly word study that sticks.-- (10/24/2018)
Whether you've been teaching word study for a few years or a few decades, Word Study That Sticks will change your mindset and open your eyes to innovative word study practices. Pam's enthusiasm for inquiry-based word study experiences, coupled with her classroom-rooted expertise, glimmers off the pages of this must-have resource. With features like practical prioritizing, teacher tips, and workarounds to common classroom challenges, Pam offers a no-excuse guide to providing students with the word knowledge needed for school and beyond. I guarantee that Pam's positivity will lift your teaching to new heights. If Pamela Koutrakos can't get you and your students fired up about joyful word study instruction -- no one can!-- (10/24/2018)
Professional texts about word study often are too technical and removed from the everyday realities of the classroom. Fortunately, Pamela Koutrakos serves her 'signature dish' of positivity and enthusiasm with a side of sincerity and practicality. Throughout Word Study That Sticks, Pam infuses her deep respect for students, teachers, and the learning process. Her explicit discussion of the what, why, when, and how of word study instruction feel like conversations with a trusted colleague. Alongside the voices of experts and researchers, Pam includes those of teachers and students -- which are frequently excluded from professional texts. Recognizing a diversity of learning needs, Pam offers varying entry points for teachers who are beginning to practice word study or are interested in 'stepping up' their instruction. She takes the guesswork out of where to begin by prioritizing meaningful practices, lessons, and materials that can be implemented easily. She also thoughtfully anticipates challenges and offers doable workarounds. Pam reminds novice and veteran teachers alike that developmentally-appropriate word study instruction can be authentic, fun, and challenging. Her thoroughness and thoughtfulness ensure that readers feel prepared (and excited) to plan, teach, differentiate, and assess word study. With her words, Pam inspires and reconnects us with the power of studying words.-- (10/24/2018)
This book is so needed in the world! Where I go, teachers ask about word study -- how to do it and when to fit it in with all the other demands placed on their time. Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices, K-6 is just the right resource at just the right time to answer these important questions. Pamela Koutrakos gives us a perfect blend of background knowledge (the what and why behind word study) and the practical day-to-day (the how) to get word study up and running. Her sample schedules, classroom blueprints, launch lessons, teaching tips, and options for assessment -- just to name a few of the awesome tools -- gives us what we need to harness student engagement, gradual release of responsibility, student independence, and joy around word study. Thank you, Pam, for giving us your signature dish!-- (10/24/2018)
As an increasing number of schools and districts embrace a balanced literacy model, oftentimes, word study is an area that either gets overlooked or causes confusion. In Word Study That Sticks, Pamela Koutrakos cuts through the clutter and demystifies what word study is all about with a practical, research-based system that any educator could implement. This much-needed book is the first and only book I can recommend on the topic, and I could not recommend it enough for any school or district exploring word study. -- (10/24/2018)
In Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices, K-6 , Pamela Koutrakos takes a fresh look at word study instruction and moves away from word study as discrete skills needed for reading and writing success to patterns and practices that help students leave their mark on the world. Grounded in best practices, authentic reading and writing, and joyful engagement, Pamela clearly shows educators how to teach students the power of words and word study. Focused on developing teacher expertise over knowledge of a program, Pamela invites teachers to honor their current practices, explore curious and creative word study instruction and foster engagement and independence in the classroom. She provides explicit, practical advice to weave word study instruction for all students are threaded throughout the pages of this book. Reading this book is like collaborating with a trusted literacy coach who understands the complexity and challenges of the classroom and supports teacher learning with real-life photographs of classrooms, word study routines and instruction, inspiring student samples and a clear set of lessons for use in classrooms. ?Word Study That Sticks? provides educators with the tools they need to enact purposeful and authentic word study instruction into an elementary classroom framed around inquiry and joyful learning.-- (10/24/2018)
If you're seeking a comprehensive guide to differentiated word study aimed at building independent, inquisitive qord explorers, you've got the right book in your hands! In Word Study That Sticks, Pamela Koutrakos offers practical and purposeful lessons to get started and set up and maintain inquiry-based, engaged word study routines across a variety of grouping options throughout a year of study. Her friendly, supportive voice makes readers feel as if they are sitting across the table from her being coached with expertise and care as they make critical decisions regarding learner-centered word exploration. Readers are guided through assessments, upping the rigor and relevance of word studyf or all learners at all levels K-6, incorporated word study across content areas, and transferring learning to everyday reading and writing all within an investigational, joyful classroom environment. Pam's masterful guidance coupled with the user-friendly features of this volume will be appreciated by both teachers who are new to dynamic word study and seasoned practitioners seeking to up their level of pedagogy. Thank you, Pam, for your thoughtful voice and all you offer teachers and learners through this book!-- (10/24/2018)
Pam's passion for engaging children in purposeful, thoughtful, and joyful word study exudes in Word Study That Sticks. The framework she posits is elegant yet practical in daily teaching within a workshop structure. The lessons, grounded in research that supports the urgency of word study for our learners, convey a clear vision for developing a culture of word learning, exploration for words, active engagement, and positive, student-centered word study. These lessons will lead learners to powerful, joyful, and exciting word etymology that fosters student choice and celebration of words, covering phonemic awareness, phonics, meaning, spelling, and high-frequency work -- all facets of word study. A thoughtful and visual format provides educators with lessons and clear examples to develop thoughtful word study in the classroom now. The framework presents real time challenges faced by schools and districts with honest and considerate 'workarounds.' This is the exact approach to word study that our children need and deserve!-- (10/24/2018)
When reading Word Study That Sticks, you feel as though Pam has stepped inside your classroom and is with you each step of the way, cheering you on. She understands your word study concerns and provides you with an abundance of options that are responsive to your students' right-now needs which you can immediately use. As I was reading, I could envision my teachers flipping over the ready-made word study charts and lessons that Pam Makes available. These charts are teacher friendly, but more importantly, they also help your students to become independent word experts in a flash! Creating students who lift the level of their vocabularies, reading, and writing.-- (10/24/2018)