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.

Attitude and Motivation

Attitude and motivation

I have a poster in my classroom that says, “Attitude is the mind's paintbrush: It can color any situation.” Likewise, the teacher's attitude is going to color the entire classroom. If teachers and students decide to regard the testing program as an extra burden, then most of its potential value as a tool for instructional feedback will be lost. Chapter 4 reviews the research on the relationship between attitude and motivation and the ways we can encourage students to do their best on the high-stakes reading tests without the use of ...

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