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Find out how a simple and inexpensive program of sustained silent reading—where students read independently during class time—can be a sure-fire way to improve student vocabulary development, literacy skills, and background knowledge.
Teacher-author Steve Gardiner updates you on the research studies that validate sustained silent reading as a successful way to help build the literacy skills of students at all ability levels, including ESL students. With lots of classroom anecdotes, practical tips, and testimony from students, parents, and fellow teachers, this book gives you all the ideas and advice you need to get started:
Based on their exciting work in the field, Kallick and Zmuda map out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind. They share the perspectives of educators engaged in this work; highlight the habits that empower students to pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities, and create performances; and provide tools and recommendations for adjusting classroom practices to facilitate learning that is self-directed, dynamic, sometimes messy, and always meaningful.