Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K - 4 Reading in the Light of Common Core
June 2013, Jossey-Bass
Great readers are not made by genetics or destiny but by the habits they build—habits that are intentionally built by their teachers. The early formal years of education are the key to reversing the reading gap and setting up children for success. But K-4 education seems to widen the gap between stronger and weaker readers, not close it. Today, the Common Core further increases the pressure to reach high levels of rigor. What can be done?
This book includes the strategies, systems, and lessons from the top classrooms that bring the habits of reading to life, creating countless quality opportunities for students to take one of the most complex skills we as people can know and to perform it fluently and easily.
- Offers clear teaching strategies for teaching reading to all students, no matter what level
- Includes more than 40 video examples from real classrooms
- Written by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, bestselling author of Driven by Data and Leverage Leadership
Great Habits, Great Readers puts the focus on: learning
habits, reading habits, guided reading, and independent
NOTE: Content DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase
DVD Video Contents xiii
About the Authors xxv
About Uncommon Schools xxvii
PART 1 Set the Habits of Learning 23
Part 1 Introduction: The Fundamental Habits 25
1 Habits of the Classroom:Multiply Your Minutes 27
Setting Up the Room
Habits of Effective Transitions
Conclusion: From Socks to Success
2 Habits of Discussion: Change Student Talk, Change Student Thinking 45
The Power of Prompting
Learning to Share
Learning to Build
Making the Habits Happen
Conclusion: From Futsal to the ‘‘Big Game’’
PART 2 Teach the Skills of Reading 75
Part 2 Introduction: The Art of Targeted Teaching 77
3 What to Teach: Defining a RoadMap for Rigor 81
Assessment—Create the Road Map for Rigor
Selecting an Early Literacy Assessment
Assessment Meets Curriculum
Conclusion: Time to Begin the Journey
4 Read-Aloud Lessons: Teachers Model for Success 103
Lesson Prework: Planning for Read-Aloud
Lesson Introduction: Making it Clear and Making it Matter
I Do: Modeling the Skill
We Do: Practicing the Skill
Check for Understanding: Make Sure Your Practice Was Good Practice
Conclusion:What Great Reading Looks Like
5 Teaching Comprehension Skills: Stanza by Stanza 129
Lesson Prework: ‘‘Teach the Reader’’ Meets ‘‘Teach the Text’’
I Do: Modeling the Skill
We Do: Practicing Together
You Do: Making Independent Practice Sacred
Conclusion: A First Taste of Independence
6 Teaching Phonics: Greasing the Wheel 145
Choosing the Wheel: Make Sure It’s a Round One
Greasing the Wheel: Three Ways to Make Phonics Spin Faster
Conclusion: Phonics and Foundations
PART 3 Build the Habits of Reading 165
Part 3 Introduction: The Making of Magical Moments 167
7 Analysis and Action: Mind the Journey 171
From Assessment to Analysis
From Analysis to Action
Conclusion: The Path Forward
8 Guided Reading Planning: Move Beyond the Map 189
Structuring a Guided Reading Lesson
Prework: Selecting a Text to Match the Data
Guided Reading Lesson Planning—A Sample
Conclusion:When You’ve Set the Course
9 Guided Reading Execution: Stay on Course 217
During and After Reading: The Power of Prompting
The Prompting Guides from 0 to 1000
Conclusion: A Path for Every Student
10 Independent Reading: Don’t Wait for a Hero’s Quest 243
Choose and Organize Texts for Success
Set Expectations for Independence
Insist on Intellectual Accountability
Conclusion: Love Matters
PART 4 Lead by Habit 261
Part 4 Introduction: Script the Change You Need 263
11 The Schedule: Getting It All on the Table 265
The Scheduling Process: An Overview
How Much Time Can You Make for Reading?
How Should You Spend Reading Time?
Building the Schedule: One Teacher, Two Hours
Three Variations to the Schedule
Conclusion: All in Good Time
12 Coaching Teachers: A Guide for School Leaders and Coaches 287
The Growth Mind-Set
Lead Professional Development
Drive It with Data
Identify the Key Action Steps
Give Effective Feedback
Your Next Steps
Conclusion:Why It Matters
PART 5 Professional Development
Workshops—Overview and Highlights 309
Part 5 Introduction: Workshops Included with This Book 311
13 Habits of the Classroom Workshop 313
14 Habits of Discussion Workshop 317
15 Read-Aloud Workshop 321
16 Comprehension Skills Workshop 325
17 Guided Reading Planning Workshop 329
18 Guided Reading Prompting Workshop 335
Appendix: Tools and Resources 339
Great Habits, Great Readers Discussion Guide 429
How to Use the DVD 457
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the managing director of North Star Academies, nine schools that are part of the Uncommon Schools network. He has trained school leaders worldwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and for New Leaders. He is also the author of Driven by Data and Leverage Leadership.
Aja Settles and Juliana Worrell are the founding principals of North Star Academy's West Side Park and Fairmount Elementary Schools, also part of the Uncommon Schools network.
Great Habits, Great Readers
A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core
San Francisco, CA – Great readers are not made by genetics or destiny but by the habits they build—habits that are intentionally built by their teachers. The early formal years of education are the key to reversing the reading gap and setting up children for success. But K-4 education seems to widen the gap between stronger and weaker readers, not close it. Today, the Common Core standards further increase the pressure to reach high levels of rigor.
That’s why GREAT HABITS, GREAT READERS: A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core (Jossey-Bass; 978-1-118-14395-7; June 2013) is a vital text for all elementary school educators. It’s tailor-made to foster the habits of great reading and provides real-world examples of how teachers can adjust their lesson plans to raise their students up to the Common Core Standards. It dispels the myth that some students are just more innately gifted than others, and offers clear teaching strategies to help all students develop the habits that are needed to become great readers.
The student outcomes achieved by the authors illustrate the powerful potential of the book. Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Aja Settles and Juliana Worrell are leaders at North Star Academy, which is a part of Uncommon Schools, one of the country’s best training grounds for teachers. The predominantly low-income, black and Hispanic students at North Star far outscore their white, affluent counterparts in state reading and writing exams in third through eighth grades. By the time North Star students reach high school, they are beating the white national average in SAT scores in reading and writing. In fact, in a recent study led by the international agency OECD, which administers the global PISA test, North Star students ranked 10th in the world in reading skills, far outpacing even the U.S., which ranks 17.
That achievement has its roots in K-4 instruction, and this new book is a roadmap for how to get the same results for students everywhere, no matter their skill level, challenges or zip code.
GREAT HABITS, GREAT READERS includes the strategies, systems, and lessons from the top classrooms that bring the habits of reading to life, creating countless quality opportunities for students to take one of the most complex skills we as people can know and to perform it fluently and easily. The book offers:
- Clear strategies for teaching reading to all students, no matter what level.
- An abundance of practical content such as 40+ video examples from real classrooms, Common Core lesson plans, and tips on text selection for guided and independent reading.
- Professional Development resources--including a comprehensive guide for school leaders and instructional coaches on how to support and develop teachers to make them effective instructors of reading. Also includes PD agendas, activities, scripts, and presentations.
- Written by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, bestselling author of Driven by Data and Leverage Leadership and his co-authors, Aja Settles and Juliana Worrell, founding principles of the award-winning North Star Academy’s West Side Park and Fairmount Elementary Schools, both part of the Uncommon Schools network.
GREAT HABITS, GREAT READERS is not just a book to be read. Throughout the text there are activities and questions, as well as video clips that capture important moments in the classrooms of real teachers.
Mark Murphy, Secretary of Education, Delaware Department of Education said, “Great Habits, Great Readers brings the Common Core to life through real children, real teachers, amazing results, and an absolute clarity about what is needed in our elementary school classrooms. This book is a complete roadmap to excellence."