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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 ...

Use a Variety of Oral Reading Approaches
Use a variety of oral reading approaches

Round robin reading is the outmoded practice of calling on students to read orally one after the other.

—Harris and Hodges (1995, p. 222)

If your students (or you) are bored and restless during round-robin reading, consider using an alternative that will keep them on task and tuned in. There are many reasons for eliminating round-robin reading in your classroom:

  • It can cause inattentive behaviors leading to discipline problems.
  • It can cause faulty reading habits instead of effective reading.
  • It provides students with an inaccurate view of the reading process.
  • It can hamper listening comprehension.
  • It consumes valuable classroom time that could be spent on more meaningful cognitive processing activities. (Opitz & Rasinski, 1998, pp. 6–9)

The following oral reading ...

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