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“The book's major strengths are its ease of use and the range of approaches to address many different reading issues. You can read straight through for a host of ideas, or you can pinpoint exactly which kind of strategy to explore.”

—Kristie Mary Betts, English Teacher

Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO

“Bottom line: This book is reader friendly! Teachers in the content areas can quickly and easily find specific ideas to help students.”

—Barbara L. Townsend, Reading Specialist

Elkhorn Area School District, WI

Help for students who are overwhelmed, feel confused, can't remember, lack language skills, or just don't get it.

In today's era of accountability, teachers are expected to help all secondary students understand complex concepts and ideas and demonstrate proficiency on high-stakes tests. To promote success for struggling ...

Provide Models, Examples, and Nonexamples
Provide models, examples, and nonexamples

We do not teach our children wisely and well if certain keystone stances are not topmost in our minds and hearts. Modeling is one of those keystone precepts. The only thing worse than faulty modeling is a teacher who does not credit the power of modeling.

—Pickard (2005, p. 35)

If your students don't understand or retain what you are teaching them, use the cognitive apprenticeship model as a powerful way to accelerate learning for all students (Collins et al., 1990; Collins et al., 1991). In a traditional apprenticeship (e.g., one in the trades such as plumbing or carpentry), the expert tradesperson shows the apprentice how to do a task and then gradually gives over more and more ...

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