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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 ...

Teach Students How to Activate Prior Knowledge and Make Connections to New Knowledge
Teach students how to activate prior knowledge and make connections to new knowledge

At the root of our ability to learn is our ability to find the experience we have in our memory that is most like the experience we are currently processing.

—Schank (1999, p. 41)

Your goal is to help students acquire meaningful and long-lasting content knowledge. To understand how this happens, an important consideration as you design a lesson, consider your own brain. Think of your long-term memory as a gigantic filing system filled with folders similar to those stored on your computer's hard drive or in an actual filing cabinet in your departmental office. The size of your long-term memory is ...

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