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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 ...

Assess for Learning and for Grading
Assess for learning and for grading

Formative assessment is a process in which information about learning is evoked and then used to modify the teaching and learning activities in which teachers and students are engaged.

—Black et al. (2003, p. 122)

Teachers regularly assess students for the purpose of reporting their progress to parents. Unfortunately this mandated quarterly assessment does little to increase students’ motivation to learn. In addition to collecting grades for reporting to parents, also assess students for how well they are learning, (1) to determine and then communicate to them the immediate status of their progress so they can take steps to improve their work products and (2) to gain information regarding how to adjust your instruction.

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