Great Habits, Great Readers

Great Habits, Great Readers : A Practical Guide for K - 4 Reading in the Light of Common Core

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A book that brings the habits of reading to life
Great readers are not made by genetics or destiny but by the habits they build habits that are intentionally built by their teachers. The early formal years of education are the key to reversing the reading gap and setting up children for success. But K-4 education seems to widen the gap between stronger and weaker readers, not close it. Today, the Common Core further increases the pressure to reach high levels of rigor. What can be done?

This book includes the strategies, systems, and lessons from the top classrooms that bring the habits of reading to life, creating countless quality opportunities for students to take one of the most complex skills we as people can know and to perform it fluently and easily.

Offers clear teaching strategies for teaching reading to all students, no matter what level
Includes more than 40 video examples from real classrooms
Written by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, bestselling author of Driven by Data and Leverage Leadership

Great Habits, Great Readers puts the focus on: learning habits, reading habits, guided reading, and independent reading.

NOTE: Content DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 816.46g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118143957
  • 9781118143957
  • 63,642

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Great Habits, Great Readers

Our students aren't born knowing how to decode words, make inferences, and cite evidence. In truth, great reading grows from great habits--a deeply learned set of skills and strategies that students can access the instant they begin reading. Great Habits, Great Readers is about the choices we as K-4 literacy instructors can make to teach every one of our students the habits of skillful reading. It outlines those strategies, systems, and lesson types that bring the habits of reading to life, creating countless high-quality opportunities for students to practice one of the most complex skills humans can learn.

This book, and the Reading-by-Habit model it proposes, provides concrete guidance. Great Habits, Great Readers is not just about finding the right texts (though we'll cover that); it's not just about making discussions more text-dependent (though we'll address that, too). At its heart, the Reading-by-Habit model is about transforming that moment when a child gets something wrong into an opportunity to teach the habits that will help him or her get it right. Inside this book you'll find:

The Reading-by-Habit model, which builds a bridge between the rigor of the Common Core and the real-life needs of your class Five types of lessons Read-aloud, comprehension skills, phonics, guided reading, and independent reading The tools you need to address the Common Core across your literacy block in a sustained, meaningful way Rich resources--from 40+ video clips to Professional Development workshop scripts to show you what truly game-changing reading instruction looks like Praise for Great Habits, Great Readers

"Great Habits, Great Readers brings the Common Core to life through real children, real teachers, amazing results, and an absolute clarity about what is needed in our elementary school classrooms. This book is a complete roadmap to excellence."
--Mark Murphy, Secretary of Education, Delaware Department of Education

"Bambrick-Santoyo and his colleagues have proven it's possible to create extraordinary schools for the children who need them most. In this book, they do something even more important--they show us how. Every educator in America should read, discuss, and act on the ideas in this book."
--Timothy Knowles, John Dewey Urban Education Institute Director and clinical professor, University of Chicago
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Table of contents

DVD Contents ix
DVD Video Contents xiii

Foreword xxi

Acknowledgments xxiii

About the Authors xxv

About Uncommon Schools xxvii

Introduction 1

PART 1 Set the Habits of Learning 23

Part 1 Introduction: The Fundamental Habits 25

1 Habits of the Classroom:Multiply Your Minutes 27

Setting Up the Room

Habits of Effective Transitions

Conclusion: From Socks to Success

2 Habits of Discussion: Change Student Talk, Change Student Thinking 45

The Power of Prompting

Learning to Share

Learning to Build

Making the Habits Happen

Conclusion: From Futsal to the Big Game

PART 2 Teach the Skills of Reading 75

Part 2 Introduction: The Art of Targeted Teaching 77

3 What to Teach: Defining a RoadMap for Rigor 81

Assessment Create the Road Map for Rigor

Selecting an Early Literacy Assessment

Assessment Meets Curriculum

Conclusion: Time to Begin the Journey

4 Read-Aloud Lessons: Teachers Model for Success 103

Lesson Prework: Planning for Read-Aloud

Lesson Introduction: Making it Clear and Making it Matter

I Do: Modeling the Skill

We Do: Practicing the Skill

Check for Understanding: Make Sure Your Practice Was Good Practice

Conclusion:What Great Reading Looks Like

5 Teaching Comprehension Skills: Stanza by Stanza 129

Lesson Prework: Teach the Reader Meets Teach the Text

I Do: Modeling the Skill

We Do: Practicing Together

You Do: Making Independent Practice Sacred

Conclusion: A First Taste of Independence

6 Teaching Phonics: Greasing the Wheel 145

Choosing the Wheel: Make Sure It s a Round One

Greasing the Wheel: Three Ways to Make Phonics Spin Faster

Conclusion: Phonics and Foundations

PART 3 Build the Habits of Reading 165

Part 3 Introduction: The Making of Magical Moments 167

7 Analysis and Action: Mind the Journey 171

Administering Assessment

Collecting Data

From Assessment to Analysis

From Analysis to Action

Conclusion: The Path Forward

8 Guided Reading Planning: Move Beyond the Map 189

Structuring a Guided Reading Lesson

Prework: Selecting a Text to Match the Data

Guided Reading Lesson Planning A Sample

Before Reading

During Reading

After Reading

Conclusion:When You ve Set the Course

9 Guided Reading Execution: Stay on Course 217

Before Reading

During and After Reading: The Power of Prompting

The Prompting Guides from 0 to 1000

Conclusion: A Path for Every Student

10 Independent Reading: Don t Wait for a Hero s Quest 243

Choose and Organize Texts for Success

Set Expectations for Independence

Insist on Intellectual Accountability

Conclusion: Love Matters

PART 4 Lead by Habit 261

Part 4 Introduction: Script the Change You Need 263

11 The Schedule: Getting It All on the Table 265

The Scheduling Process: An Overview

How Much Time Can You Make for Reading?

How Should You Spend Reading Time?

Building the Schedule: One Teacher, Two Hours

Three Variations to the Schedule

Conclusion: All in Good Time

12 Coaching Teachers: A Guide for School Leaders and Coaches 287

The Growth Mind-Set

Lead Professional Development

Observe Regularly

Drive It with Data

Identify the Key Action Steps

Give Effective Feedback

Coach Planning

Your Next Steps

Conclusion:Why It Matters

PART 5 Professional Development

Workshops Overview and Highlights 309

Part 5 Introduction: Workshops Included with This Book 311

13 Habits of the Classroom Workshop 313

14 Habits of Discussion Workshop 317

15 Read-Aloud Workshop 321

16 Comprehension Skills Workshop 325

17 Guided Reading Planning Workshop 329

18 Guided Reading Prompting Workshop 335

Appendix: Tools and Resources 339

Great Habits, Great Readers Discussion Guide 429

Notes 439

Index 446

How to Use the DVD 457
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About Aja Settles

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the managing director of North Star Academies, nine schools that are part of the Uncommon Schools network. He has trained school leaders worldwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and for New Leaders. He is also the author of Driven by Data and Leverage Leadership.

Aja Settles and Juliana Worrell are the founding principals of North Star Academy's West Side Park and Fairmount Elementary Schools, also part of the Uncommon Schools network.
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