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“Well, that was a great minilesson–now what?” For every teacher who has uttered those words, this book is for you. In What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, educators Gravity Goldberg and Renee Houser take the guesswork out of determining students’ needs with a moment-to-moment guide focused on the decisions that make the biggest impact on readers’ skill development. With the authors’ guidance, you put their next-step resources into action, including • Tips for what to look for and listen for in reading notebook entries and conversations about books • Reproducible Clipboard Notes pages that help you decide whether to reinforce a current type of thinking, teach a new type of thinking, or apply a current type of thinking to a new text • More than 30 lessons on understanding characters and themes, meaningful note taking, strategy use, and more • Reading notebook entries and sample classroom conversations to use as benchmarks • Strategies for deepening the three most prevalent types of thinking about characters: Right-Now Thinking (on the page), Over-Time Thinking (across a picture book, a chapter, or a novel), or Refining Thinking (nuanced connections across text and life themes) • Strategies for deepening the three most useful types of thinking–frames, patterns, lessons learned–about themes • Online video clips of Renee and Gravity teaching, conferring, and “thin slicing” what fiction readers need next With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, you learn to trust your instincts and trust your students to provide you with information about the next steps that make the most sense for them. Teaching students to engage with and understand fiction becomes personal, purposeful, and a homegrown process that you can replicate from year to year and student to student.

Becoming Confident and Intentional Decision Makers
Becoming Confident and Intentional Decision Makers

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“One of the thIngs I learned from ImprovIsIng is that all of life is an improvisation, whether you like it or not. Some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century came out of people dropping things.”

(Alan Arkin)

Let’s take one more look at thin-slicing and the power to trust our intuitions in the blink of an eye. Malcolm Gladwell (2005) explains that “the task of figuring out how to combine the best of conscious deliberation and instinctive judgment is one of the great challenges of our time. If you’re a teacher and you want to make a decision about how to treat a student, how much do you weigh ...

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