Teaching IS rocket science—and you are the pilot!

Teach Reading, Not Testing reinforces what teachers already know–test preparation worksheets and drill-and-kill activities do not make children into lifelong readers. The authors' conscientious approach to reading instruction combines an insider perspective on the development of high-stakes tests with classroom experience in achieving successful reading outcomes at the elementary and secondary levels. Their research-based methodology, building on teachers' expertise about best practice, is based on five key components:

Aligning instruction to the state or national core standards; Using formative assessment; Connecting units to real-world contexts; Motivating students effectively; Holding on to best practice in literacy instruction

Included are end-of-chapter quizzes and real-life scenarios, plus a full chapter on teaching literacy with special populations. Readers will find helpful solutions for teaching children to love reading in the midst of the accountability movement, and an approach to test preparation that doesn't require teachers to sacrifice everything they already know about teaching kids to read.

Struggling Readers

Struggling readers

Critics of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) write about the unintended consequences of the accountability legislation: narrowing of the curriculum, the privileging of test scores as the most important piece of evidence that students are learning, and so on. One of the intended consequences of NCLB is to put teacher focus on populations of students who often are underserved in American public schools. The goal of this chapter is to arm reading teachers with the knowledge needed to take advantage of the incredible opportunities that exist for students with special needs.

What do struggling readers have in common? They tend to have trouble with ...

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