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Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K - 4 Reading in the Light of Common Core

ISBN: 978-1-118-14395-7
496 pages
June 2013, Jossey-Bass
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A book that brings the habits of reading to life

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 reading.

NOTE: Content DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase

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Table of Contents

DVD Contents ix

DVD Video Contents xiii

Foreword xxi

Acknowledgments xxiii

About the Authors xxv

About Uncommon Schools xxvii

Introduction 1

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

Administering Assessment

Collecting Data

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

Before Reading

During Reading

After Reading

Conclusion:When You’ve Set the Course

9 Guided Reading Execution: Stay on Course 217

Before Reading

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

Observe Regularly

Drive It with Data

Identify the Key Action Steps

Give Effective Feedback

Coach Planning

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

Notes 439

Index 446

How to Use the DVD 457

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Author Information

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.

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Press Release

October 14, 2013
Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core

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."

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