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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 ...

Increase Wait Time
Increase wait time

Increasing waiting time after asking questions proved difficult to start with—due to my habitual desire to “add” something almost immediately after asking the original question …. Given more thinking time, students seemed to realize that a more thoughtful answer was required.

—Derek (a teacher quoted in Black et al., 2003, p. 33)

The term wait time was coined by Rowe (1974) and refers to the interval of silence between teachers’ questions and the responses that they or their students provide to those questions. Rowe found that most teachers waited less than a second for students to respond before getting anxious and filling the dead air time with responses of their own. Research has shown that if you can wait out the silence ...

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