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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 ...

Vary Your Seating and Grouping Arrangements
Vary your seating and grouping arrangements

It is difficult, if not impossible, to separate instructional activity from the physical environmental setting within which it occurs.

—Lackney and Jacobs (2005, p. 1)

Middle school teacher Jay Pilkington arranges his classroom in five rows of four to six desks, an ostensibly old-fashioned seating plan. But Jay's utilization of this plan is flexible and functional.

Each row has a designated leader (the student in the first seat) and a caboose (the student in the last seat) who perform certain duties. He uses the five-row format, with an even number of students in each row, to support a variety of unique instructional activities, all designed to ensure that his students are actively involved and processing the content ...

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